Welcome back to the Library

The Andersonian Library re-opened to Strathclyde staff and students , on Monday 24 August 2020. We are pleased to welcome you back, but some things have changed since your last visit.

On Monday 31 August we open to external subscription members (until the beginning of term on 21 September). 

Please watch our video and/or read this webpage to help you prepare for your next visit to the University Library.

Important rule changes

In line with Scottish Government and University guidance enhanced safety measures are in place.

  • Do not enter the Library building if you’re showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times once inside the Library building, except where an exemption applies (as defined in the legislation).
  • For the time being there will be no food allowed in any part of the Library. Drinks are still permitted, in containers with lids.
  • We may be required to release Library entry and exit data in support of NHS Scotland's Test & Protect service.
  • We are opening the Library to support solo working. For the time being there are no group study facilities. Please continue to use collaboration tools (such as Zoom) for group work.

Further information

Social distancing

  • Social distancing rules mean we have had to reduce the number of study spaces available in the Library.
  • You may have to queue. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Have your student card, staff Library card, DS login details or Strathclyde app ready to scan in and out of the Library.
  • To help maintain safe distances between students, we have removed some furniture and IT equipment. Do not rearrange any furniture or equipment.

Hand washing/sanitising

  • Wash your hands or use sanitiser regularly during your visit.
  • We've installed bottles of hand sanitiser throughout the Library.
  • Soap dispensers in all toilets are being refilled regularly.

If you’re visiting Archives & Special Collections, wash your hands with soap and water or use the special hand sanitiser gel provided. Our staff here will advise you.

Staffed services

Our Welcome and Enquiries desks have been fitted with Perspex screens, and you may see our staff wearing face coverings and gloves, especially when handling stock and equipment.

Quarantine of materials

When Library books are returned to us, we put them in to quarantine for at least 72 hours to make sure they’re safe for the next person to use. Because of this, our circulation times may be slightly longer than you're used to.

Electronic resources are available online 24/7 and we can help you find suitabe alternative resources if you would like.

Food and drink 

To reduce the risk of transmission and to allow our cleaning teams to focus on communal spaces, for the time being there will be no food allowed in any part of the Library.

  • Our vending machines are currently switched off.
  • Drinks are still permitted, in containers with lids.

Study facilities

  • Desks, computers and printers are available for you to use and we have provided sanitising wipes for these.
  • Some are still available to book for one or two people only.
  • Our ventilation system is pumping more outside air in to the Library, so you may wish to bring additional warm layers with you!

Bookable rooms

Though some rooms are available to book, a room booking is not a guarantee of entry to the Library. Please arrive at the Library in good time for your booking, in case you have to queue.

Click & Collect and Freepost returns

Click & Collect and Freepost return services are available for those who are unable to visit the Library. You can nominate someone to collect books on your behalf if you don't yet feel ready to return to campus. Contact us to learn more about this.

Future updates

Keep checking our webpages and Twitter account for the latest updates.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Library again soon.