Noise and power disruption (27+28 April/4+5 May 2019)

Due to preparatory work for our summer shelving project, there will be some noise disruption on levels 2, 3, and 4 over the weekends of 27 & 28 April and 4 & 5 May 2019.

Maintenance work will take place on one floor at a time. Study spaces on level 0 and 1 will remain unaffected. Our bookable study rooms on level 0 will continue to be available, as will the 24hour lab in the Students’ Association building.

Power disruption will be confined to levels 2 and 3 between 8am – 10am, and level 4 between 12midday and 2pm on Sunday 28th. This will affect the availability of PC provision for those times. Please note our laptop vending machine will remain available throughout 24hr opening, and will be unaffected by this power disruption.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Limited access to ground floor (23-26th April 2019)

The University is pleased to be hosting the British Sociological Association’s Annual Conference 2019 from Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 26th April 2019.

During this time, there will be limited access to the ground floor of the Saltire Centre for staff and students. The computers and the library service desk on this floor will still be in use over the course of the four days, however, the café and study space will not be available.

To minimise inconvenience for our students, alternative quiet study spaces will be provided in the Hamish Wood and William Harley buildings from 9am to 5pm throughout the week:

  • Rooms W819 and W829 in the Hamish Wood building
  • Rooms M232 and M402 in the George Moore building

While the café in the Saltire Centre will be closed, all other catering outlets on campus will be open:

  • Grab N Go (George Moore) will be open until 7.30pm
  • George Moore Restaurant will be open from 7.45am
  • Coffee Cart will be open in the Saltire Centre Mezzanine from 10am to 4pm
  • Re:Union Bar & Grill will open at the earlier time of 8am to 4pm

The ground floor will fully reopen to staff and students as usual on Saturday 27th April.

Extended opening hours – Trimester B Exam Diet 2019

To support your studies during the exam period, the Saltire Centre will be open as follows:

Friday 19th April 9am – 5pm
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 10am – 6pm
Monday 22nd April 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 23rd April 7am – midnight
Wednesday 24th April until Thursday 16th May 24-hour opening
Friday 17th May midnight – 11pm
Saturday 18th May normal hours resume


Festive Feedback 2018

We thought it would good to update you regarding our 2018 festive Feedback campaign, and some of the actions that have taken place in response to your feedback.

We received 72 responses over the festive period covering these areas:

19 positive comments were directed to our library staff including:

“I feel library staff and librarians are very friendly and helpful.”

“I was happy with the quality of response and help I received from my librarian when I e-mailed for help.  She gave me clear explanations and was willing to help further by offering face-to-face help if I had not understood the e-mail.  Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for the drop in sessions. I also got to call in for some referencing clarifications – I was pleasantly surprised all my questions were answered. Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas”

“Thanks a bunch for all the work you do!”

We also received a further 19 kind comments relating to the library as a study environment including:

“Great place to study! Really enjoying it.”

“Enjoy every moment, every second. Love you :)”

“I think you have done an excellent job in creating a great environment for the students to study in.”

“Very nice and cosy library. Excellent job!”

As with all feedback campaigns, we also look to find areas we can improve on. We received feedback relating to catering, temperature, PC availability, and opening hours.

In relation to PC availability, we have a tracker for our computer usage in the Saltire Centre found here. In addition to this, our lapsafe vending machine on level 0 allows you to borrow a laptop for up to 3 hours – ideal if you need to find a quiet area to study, or wish to use one of our bookable study rooms.

The library continues to support students with extended opening hours during exam times. This included 24-hour opening from 2nd – 25th January 2019. GCU also offers students access to the 24-hr lab in the Students’ Association building 365 days a year.

Comments relating to catering and temperature issues back to our facilities management department, and will continue to liaise with them throughout the year when feedback is received.

Please remember that we are happy to listen to your comments at any point throughout the year. Our roving library staff are available on all floors of the library, so should you need any help please don’t hesitate to ask them. Our library desk on level 0 is staffed between 9am and 8pm Monday –Friday, and between 10-6pm at weekends.

Alternatively you can follow and contact us on Twitter @SaltireCentre, or use our feedback form:


Short loan laptops now available

The Library is pleased to announce the installation of a short loan laptop facility in the Saltire Centre.

Short loan (up to three hours) laptops are available for loan to GCU students and staff. The Lapsafe laptop vending machine is located on level 0 of the library, facing the café counter.

Laptops are provided fully charged for use around campus. You must have your student or staff card in order to use this service.

For further information on this service, please see the following webpage:

Study spaces/Unattended belongings removal

Study space in the library is in high demand.

Please don’t leave personal belongings to reserve a space in the Library.

Not only do you risk having your belongings stolen you are also depriving your fellow students of the opportunity to use a much-needed study space.

Following consultation with the Students’ Association, and after a poll on the topic – from Monday 23rd March 2015 library staff will implement a policy of removing unattended belongings to make PCs and study space available for other people to use.

The PCs in the Library will also auto log-off after periods of inactivity, and any PC which isn’t logged on will be made available for use by another person.

Do not leave your work station and belongings unattended at any time. Removed property can be collected from the Campus Security Office.