New On Campus Students

Welcome to the Library!

Hello and a very warm welcome from all of us here in the Library.

We know that finding your feet as a new student can be daunting and that this year in particular things are all a bit different, so we have put together some useful information about the Library and the type of services we provide.

If you want to know more, need some help, or if you just get stuck, please contact us.

Good Luck!

The Library Team


Study Areas

Library Tower

People studying in the libraryHead to the Library Tower if you are looking for a quiet space to read, work on projects, or access PCs and study space.

The Library is a great place to find peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the Campus. It’s a good spot to settle down to some serious individual study so we ask for voices to be kept low and chat to a minimum. If it gets noisy, the library staff will have a quick word – just let them know.

Due to Covid-19, there is currently no access to Library study spaces.

To access these floors, even just to browse the shelves, you must book online. Individual study spaces have been rearranged to comply with social distancing guidelines and the capacity of the library will be limited so make sure to book a space well in advance! More information about our Seat Booking service, including how to make a booking, will be available soon.

Please maintain a two-metre distance, follow the one-way system around the library and we would also ask that you do not rearrange furniture.

Books from Floors 8 & 9 may be requested using the Click & Collect service and you may then book a slot to come and pick them up. Floors 8 & 9 will be opened for seat bookings later in the Semester.

Only water in closed containers can be taken into the library – no food and drink please. Remember to keep your phone or other devices on silent and the volume on your headphones turned down low.

Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre

Due to Covid-19 the Learning Centre is not currently open to students.

The Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre is situated in the Aberdeen Business School Building and is a more relaxed environment. The Learning Centre is currently arranged to allow for social distancing and some PCs and desks are not in use. Everything is clearly signposted though. Although there is no one way system here, we would ask you to observe a two-metre distance, follow good hand hygiene, wipe down desks before you leave and please do not rearrange furniture.

The project pods are for individual use only and cannot be booked in advance. Groupwork rooms are not available at present.


Books and Journals

We have a large collection of printed books and journals which you can access from the Library. When you come to the Library Tower you will notice that each level is dedicated to particular subjects, to make things easier to find and keep organised.


Borrowing / Returning

You can borrow Library items using our new Click & Collect service. Please see https://library.rgu.ac.uk/borrowing-from-the-library for more information.

Once the Library is open you'll be able to book a space to study or borrow books from levels 6 or 7 in person. You can use our catalogue, LibrarySearch, to locate the items you need or simply browse the shelves. More information on our Seat Booking service, including how to make a booking, will be available soon.

It's easy to borrow a book once you find it on the shelves. Just take it to one of the self-issue machines on Level 5, scan your student card and then the book. If you have several items which you would like to check out, put them all in. You will have the option of printing a receipt or having one emailed to you. This will confirm that the items have been checked out by you and the date they are due back. Don't worry if you lose the receipt, everything is synced with your library account; you can double check online when your items are due by viewing your library account.

Levels 8 and 9 will open later in Semester 1. If you need books from there you can use our Click & Collect service.

To return books please bring them to Library reception on Level 5. You don't need to book a time if all you want to do is return books. The Book Sorter is not in use so please just place them on the returns trolley at reception. All returns will be quarantined for 72 hours before being discharged from your library account.

Renewing

Do you need to keep an item longer than its original due back date? No problem!

 Automatic Renewals!

As long as your account is in good standing and no one else needs the book, it will be automatically renewed seven days before the due date. You can also renew it yourself earlier if you want to, using your library account.

Unfortunately you will not be able to renew items that have been requested by someone else. We will always let you know if this is the case, via your RGU email.


Finding Stuff

Searching the Library Collections

So you want to find a book or a journal? The first place to go is LibrarySearch! This is where you will find valuable information about books and journals which we have on shelves, such as the level and shelf number so you can track down the items easily. Can't find something? Don't worry, we have library assistants on each level and they would be happy to help.

Remember that not everything in the catalogue exists on our shelves as printed copies. We have an extensive collection of e-books and e-journals which are freely available for students to access in a few clicks.

LibrarySearch is not only about finding stuff, you can also log in to your account, see what items you have on loan, place a hold on something you really need but is already borrowed, renew items and more!

 Reading Lists!

Remember, you can also access library content through your module reading lists, which contain essential and recommended reading for your modules.

Using Databases

You will hear us speak about searching databases, or your lecturers will refer you to databases to conduct your information gathering for assignments. Databases are just online tools which allow you to search and access academic journals on a variety of topics. They are provided by different suppliers, which the Library subscribes to.

We subscribe to numerous databases, covering all our courses. Here are only some of them, you will find a full list of suitable databases on our subject databases pages.

  SUBJECTS COVERED
Business Source Complete Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Communication, Tourism & Hospitality and more
CINAHL with Full Text Nursing, Midwifery, Nutrition, Biomedical Studies, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work etc.
IEEE Xplore Computing and Engineering
Westlaw Law, Construction Law, Employment Law, Forensic Science, Journalism and more
ScienceDirect All courses
Web of Science All courses

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Referencing at RGU

Referencing is a critical aspect of writing any assignment and you will be asked to correctly reference all the sources and materials used in your work.

At RGU we use two main referencing styles, RGU Harvard and RGU Vancouver. The referencing style is depending on what your course requires, but Harvard is the most used.

We know referencing can be scary at first, especially if you haven't done it before, but not to worry! We are here to help with every aspect of referencing and have developed detailed guides for both styles.

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How The Library Can Help You

Library KnowHOW Workshops

We organise various informal sessions throughout the year, covering skills like SearchSMART (Finding Information), Harvard Referencing, Using RefWorks and Research Workshops.

Where? Online via BlackBoard Collaborate

Signing up is easy using our online timetable. We are looking forward to seeing you in one of our classes!

Online Support

We are here to help you even when you are away from campus. We can offer support via telephone, email or Facebook Messenger. Please see our contact details below:

QUERY TYPE CONTACT INFORMATION
Referencing, RefWorks, LibrarySearch, Databases library.support@rgu.ac.uk or 01224 263450
All Library queries library@rgu.ac.uk or 01224 263450

You can also send us messages and queries on Facebook and we will answer as soon as possible during our office hours:

 

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LIBRARY WORKSHOPS

Printing and Binding

How Do I Add Money to My Account?

You can either use the printing kiosks which you can find around the campus (the closest one to the Library is situated on Level 3 of the Sir Ian Wood Building, just on the main corridor), or top up online at https://myprint.rgu.ac.uk

How Much Does it Cost?

There are different charges depending on the page size, whether you print black & white or double / single sided. Please be careful when you send the document to the printer, and select black & white to save yourself some money. If you have some pages in colour, you can choose to print only those in colour and the rest in black & white. Otherwise, if you select 'colour' for the entire document, you will be charged as if every page is printed in colour.

SINGLE-SIDED DOUBLE-SIDED
PAPER SIZE BLACK & WHITE COLOUR BLACK & WHITE COLOUR
A4 4p / sheet 20p / sheet 3p / side 18p / side
A3 8p / sheet 40p / sheet 8p / side 38p / side
MORE ABOUT STUDENT PRINTING

How Do I Print?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only one person may enter the Library Print Hubs at a time.

First make sure you send any print jobs to PrintAtRGU, then go to any printer, scan your student card and select your document(s) then 'Print' or 'Print all'.

MORE ABOUT PRINTING AND SCANNING

Step 1

Swipe your student card

Step 2

You will see your account balance. Select OK

Step 3

Select the documents you want to print and select Print. Or, if you want everything printed, select Print All

Step 4

Don't forget to log out!

Binding

At some point during your time as a student you will be asked to print and bind assignments for submission. This usually happens for dissertations, but might be applicable for various other projects as well. We provide access to binding equipment and sell materials (contactless payments only please), just come to the Library and enquire at the Main Reception Desk on Level 5.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only one person may enter the Binding Hub at a time. Library Staff will be unable to demonstrate the use of the binding machines but can provide advice.



Library Opening Hours

The Library will be open from Monday 28th September on reduced hours. These will be kept under review and may be extended during the Semester

Opening hours
Semester Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Find out when the University and support buildings are open each day:

Building Opening Hours