Pure: Scheduled Maintenance

Pure, the University’s research information system, will undergo scheduled maintenance between 9am and 4pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January.

During this time Pure may be unavailable for up to two hours each day, the timing of which cannot be discerned in advance.

If you have any queries regarding this scheduled maintenance please email librarysystems@gcu.ac.uk

Discover search and Resource Lists scheduled maintenance

Please be aware that the Library’s system provider has planned maintenance scheduled for this weekend from 11pm on Saturday 11 January until 2am on Sunday 12 January.

This means that the Library’s self-service machines, Discover search and the Resource Lists platform may be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

High demand ebooks

At this time of year we see a peak in ebook use. You may notice that your usual link to an ebook won’t let you access the full text due to this increased demand. What can you do?

First wait and try the ebook later. It could be that too many people are trying to use the ebook at the same time.

Next search for the ebook on Discover:

Screen shot of ebook record on Discover showing two available links for an ebook.

1.Click on the title and check if the ebook is available from more than one place


Screen shot of Discover results list showing several previous editions of an ebook.

2. Look at the results lists for previous editions of the same book












For a reminder of how to find and use ebooks check out our video.

Sir Alex Ferguson Library Festive Opening Hours

Date Building Opening Hours Building Staffed
20 December 2019 9am – 6pm 9am – 12pm
21 December 2019 9am – 6pm Unstaffed
22 December 2019 9am – 6pm Unstaffed
23 December 2019 9am – 6pm Unstaffed
24 December 2019 Building Closed Building Closed
25 December 2019 Building Closed Building Closed
26 December 2019 Building Closed Building Closed
27 December 2019 9am – 6pm Unstaffed
28 December 2019 9am – 6pm 10am – 6pm
29 December 2019 9am – 6pm 10am – 6pm
30 December 2019 9am – 6pm 9am – 6pm
31 December 2019 Building Closed Building Closed
01 January 2020 Building Closed Building Closed
02 January 2020 9am – Midnight 9am – 6pm
 (start of 24hr opening)
03 January 2020 Open 24hrs 9am – 6pm
04 January 2020 Open 24hrs 10am – 6pm
05 January 2020 Open 24hrs 10am – 6pm
06 January 2020 Open 24hrs until 17 January 2020 Normal staffed hours recommence

Technical issue [ProQuest ebooks]

**This issue is now resolved: please note that you may need to delete your browser’s cookies and cache in order for platform access to be restored**

We are currently experiencing access issues with ebooks hosted on the ProQuest/Ebook Central platform.

This issue is currently being investigated by the vendor and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.



Sir Alex Ferguson: my story in objects

Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE has enjoyed a spectacular career in football, both as a player and manager. He was born in Govan on Hogmanay 1941 to parents Alexander, a plater’s helper in the shipbuilding industry, and Elizabeth (née Hardie). After obtaining his Secondary School Certificate he completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with Remington Rand. His senior football playing career lasted from 1958 to 1974, when he entered management with East Stirlingshire, St Mirren and Aberdeen, before joining Manchester United in 1986. Continue reading

Upgrades to Pure and Research Online

Pure and the Research Online portal will undergo a major upgrade from Monday 23rd September 2019. Pure will be unavailable to users until 2nd October 2019; Research Online will remain accessible during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The upgraded system will bring the following benefits to users:

  • Pure system now fully supported and maintained with upgrades and new functionality available each month
  • Cloud hosted system provides reliability and scalability
  • Improved functionality and new Pure portal with clean, modern user interface
  • Access Pure directly on and off campus without the need for VPN or remote desktop
  • Access for all academic staff
  • Improved data quality and integration with other University systems
  • New REF and awards management functionality coming soon

For enquiries regarding the upgrade or system downtime please contact librarysystems@gcu.ac.uk

For urgent enquiries relating to REF eligible outputs please contact repository@gcu.ac.uk

Academic Librarian Drop-in sessions resume 1st of October 2019

Beginning 1st Oct 2019

Did you know that Monday to Friday you can drop-in to get help from an Academic Librarian between 11am and 3pm?

What to expect?
The drop-in session is for quick questions – like needing help to find resources on a topic or getting started with a database or RefWorks.

The drop-in desk is the first desk in the Library Ask & Learn space on Level 1 of the Saltire Centre.

Need more help?
Make an appointment with your subject specialist academic librarian.  Appointments can be for a group and you can request an online appointment too.