Providing library services and support safely

Elizabeth Andrews
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Students wearing face masks sitting at desks in the Main Library

In order to keep you safe while studying, the Library has introduced new ways of working. Below are details of some changes and new features you can access.

  • Click and Collect – use Library search to find available physical collections and request by selecting the ‘Click & Collect’ button beside the item you want. You can request up to 10 items at one time. Use this service if you need access to a whole book. Items should be available within two days; we will send you an email to let you know when an item is ready. Collect items from the Main Library entrance, please do not enter the building. Bring your ID card, follow the signs and wait outside for staff to approach the entrance.
  • Bookable workspace – all students and staff can book a desk in the Main Library and dedicated space is bookable in Martyrs Kirk for academic staff and postgraduate students. Book by 12noon for a space the next day. You can book two sessions per week. Check the spaces page for full details. These arrangements remain under review and we will respond to the needs of users as the semester progress and increase study space capacity when we are safely able to do so. Only those who have booked a space can enter the building and use the facilities, including printers, scanners etc. Please remember to wear a face covering at all times when within these spaces as well as when entering and leaving the buildings. Please also sanitise your hands when you enter the spaces and clean down your workspace after use.
  • Scan and deliver – from 14 September, request book chapters and journal articles to be sent to you through Library search. We can scan up to 10% of an available item and will email you the file. Find the item you want and click the ‘Request scan’ button. Please check your online reading list before making a request as the item may already be available for you digitally.
  • Digital resources – Library staff continue to consult with academic staff in order to provide materials online for teaching and research. Students please check your reading lists. Academic staff, please email to discuss digital options or to request items from our Special Collections are digitised for your teaching, email
  • Finding books and journal articles – if we don’t have something you need, you can request an inter-library loan or email to discuss different options.

If there is anything the Library can help with, or if you would like more information about any of the services or new arrangements, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Email:, or chat with us from our homepage.

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