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

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

Summer conferences: limited access to the ground floor of Saltire Centre in June

The University is hosting several large-scale conferences this month, which means there will be limited access to the ground floor (basement) of the Saltire Centre for staff and students over the next few weeks.

Please read the information below and take note of which services will be disrupted and when.

June 7 to 16 : SESAM Annual Meeting

The SESAM Annual Meeting will take place from June 12 to 14. With more than 600 delegates, the campus will be busier than usual.

Access to the ground floor of the Saltire Centre will be limited over the course of the three days, as well as while the conference space is set up and broken down.

From Friday, June 7, all furniture will be cleared from the ground floor to allow the conference to be set up, and there will be increased noise levels.

For health and safety reasons, the ground floor will be closed on June 10 and 11 while the contractors set up the conference space.

From June 12 to 14, there will be limited access while the conference is taking place and the computers and study space will be unavailable during this time. The library service desk will be relocated to the first floor.

We encourage staff and students to use alternative entrances to the ground floor to access the upper levels of the Saltire Centre over the three days.

The Saltire Café will be closed from the evening of June 7 to 14. However, all other catering outlets on campus will be open, and the George Moore Restaurant will be open from 9am to 5pm on June 8 and 9, and will open until the later time of 7.30pm from June 10 to 14.

The conference will be broken down from June 14 (pm) to 16, and the space will be prepared for the next conference.

The ground floor will open as usual from Monday, June 17.

June 19 to 21: World Forum on Climate Justice

The first World Forum on Climate Justice will take place on the ground floor from June 19 to 21.

While the space will be busy with conference delegates, the computers, café, study space and library desk will still be available over the three days.

We encourage staff and students to use alternative entrances to the ground floor to access the upper levels of the Saltire Centre while the conference takes place.

June 26 to 29: International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)

The IAFFE will host its annual conference on campus from June 27 to 29.

The conference space will be set up on June 26 and about 350 delegates will attend the three-day event.

While the ground floor will be busy and there will be increased noise levels, the services (i.e. computers, café, study space and library desk) will still be available during the conference.

The table below summarises this information.

SESAM Annual Meeting
Conference set up ​Conference break down ​Conference live days ​Ground floor closed Saltire café  ​Computers ​Study space ​Library desk
​June 7 to 11 ​June 14 (pm) to 16 ​June 12 to 14 ​June 10 and 11 ​Closed June 7 (pm) to 14 ​Unavailable June 12 to 14 ​Unavailable June 12 to 14 ​Moved to first floor
June 10 to 14
World Forum on Climate Justice​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​​Conference set up Conference break down ​Conference live days ​Ground floor closed Saltire café  ​Computers ​Study space ​Library desk
​June 14 to 16 ​June 21 ​June 19 to 21 ​N/A ​Available ​Available ​Available ​Available
International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)
​​​Conference set up ​​Conference break down ​​​Conference live days ​Ground floor closed Saltire café  ​​​Computers ​​​Study space ​​​Library desk
​June 26 ​June 29 ​June 27 to 29 ​N/A ​Available ​Available ​Available ​Available

The ground floor will fully reopen to staff and students as usual on Monday, July 1.

Communications will be sent to students this week to advise them of the disruption to services.

As per previous communications, work is currently under way to convert the mobile shelving on levels two, three and four of the Saltire Centre to static shelving. This means there will be limited access to these floors from now until August 6 –  see the planned schedule of works.

Library summer shelving project – what you need to know

In response to student feedback, the mobile shelving on levels two, three and four of the Saltire Centre will be converted to static shelving. The books and journals currently held on the mobile and existing static shelves will also be integrated, meaning library users will no longer have to go to different sets of shelves to see all of the material on any one subject.

The work will be carried out over the summer months, which is typically a quieter period for the library. However, there will be limited access to the library between 20th May and 6th August.

To keep disruption to a minimum, work will be carried out on one floor at a time, starting on level four. Each floor will be closed and the material held on that floor will be unavailable to users for about four weeks while the work progresses. If you plan on borrowing over the summer Continue reading