12 Days of Library Christmas: celebrating the achievements of 2020

2020 has proven to be a year of unprecedented challenges. Everyone connected with GCU has worked hard to adapt, delivering key services to the university community online.

The Library has been no different.

With this in mind, we took to Twitter at the beginning of December to celebrate the 12 Days of Library Christmas. From 1-12 December, our daily posts highlighted the volume and scope of work undertaken by Library staff in recent months (mainly from home). Continue reading

Sir Alex Ferguson Library Christmas and New Year opening hours

We are pleased to announce that the Library will be open during the winter holiday period.

Please note, the Library is only open for pre-booked study spaces and to collect books via the click-and-collect system. For further guidance please see our guidance Covid-19 services webpage.

Saturday 19/12/2020 Closed
Sunday 20/12/2020 Closed
Monday 21/12/2020 10am-4pm
Tuesday 22/12/2020 10am-4pm
Wednesday 23/12/2020 10am-4pm
Thursday 24/12/2020 Closed
Friday 25/12/2020 Closed
Saturday 26/12/2020 Closed
Sunday 27/12/2020 Closed
Monday 28/12/2020 10am-4pm
Tuesday 29/12/2020 10am-4pm
Wednesday 30/12/2020 10am-4pm
Thursday 31/12/2020 Closed
Friday 01/01/2021 Closed
Saturday 02/01/2021 Closed
Sunday 03/01/2021 Closed
Monday 04/01/2021 10am-4pm
Tuesday 05/01/2021 Normal hours resume

Please remember to bring your student/staff card for access into the building.

We look forward to welcoming you over the festive period!

Academic Librarians Online

Library drop in sessions have finished for the summer – we are still available online

The Academic Librarians can help you find resources, use our services and online sources and with referencing.

Email us your question:

African Leadership College lib-alc@gcu.ac.uk

Glasgow School for Business and Society lib-gsbs@gcu.ac.uk

School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment lib-scebe@gcu.ac.uk

School of Health and Life Sciences lib-hls@gcu.ac.uk

Institute for University to Business Education: lib.u2b@gcu.ac.uk

 

Make an appointment for an online chat  – best for in-depth and subject specific support.  We can share screens with you and can help you with your research questions.

Please check the Library and Archive Centre closure FAQ for any other enquiries.

GCU Staff | Working from home with LinkedIn Learning

Working from home requires us all to develop new skills and knowledge – from using unfamiliar systems and software to managing our time effectively.

We’ve started to put together some useful resources in LinkedIn Learn that will help to support GCU staff and students throughout this period.

We’ll be adding new content over time so get in touch if there’s anything you’d like to see added.

You can access the collection here.

Link updated 9/6/2020.

Online access to BS 7671:2018 IET Wiring Regulations

We are very happy to announce that GCU staff and students now have full online access to the 18th edition of the IET Wiring Regulations as well as guidance notes, the On-Site Guide and the Student Guide to the IET Wiring Regulations. 

To access the regs, search for ‘IET Wiring Regulations’ in Discover or the Database A-Z or click here. Paper copies are also available from both Glasgow and London campus libraries.

Additional study space – Level 3

Further to positive feedback on additional study spaces on level 2, we are creating more spaces for study on level 3 of the library.

Additional desks and seating will be installed on this floor on 25 and 26 January 2020.

Due the noise that will be generated, the floor will remain closed during this time.

PCs will be available on level 2 with our short-loan laptop vending machine on level 0 for anyone wishing to still use the silent space on level 4.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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

Discover your library – tours running 16th to 27th September 2019

Saltire Centre walkways

Sign up for a Library tour Monday to Friday, 16th – 27th Sept.  

First tour 10am, then on the hour, until the last tour at 4pm. Tours last only 45 minutes. You will be able to:

  • find the resources you need for your course
  • get started using our huge online library of ebooks and journal articles
  • borrow books and laptops and renew your loans
  • get help from the library staff
  • find the best study space for your needs

We encourage you to come along and get the best start for your studies.

Download the GCU 2019 induction app or book directly on Eventbrite.

New Westlaw

There is a new version of Westlaw, the law database.   You can access it via the Database A to Z or the Law subject guide.

If you have used the previous version of Westlaw you will find new Westlaw familiar, but it has more features and is easier to use.  The publisher has provided step-by-step help guides which you can find here.

Help is also available from your academic librarian. 

The publisher will be withdrawing the previous version so please update your bookmarks and links.

Screenshot of new Westlaw platform