Welcome back to the Library

The University Library will re-open to students and staff on Monday 14th September 2020.

To help control the spread of the virus, and to keep you and the wider Dundee community safe, we ask that you minimise coming to campus as much as possible and to study from home if you can.

If you do need to use the Library, we have introduced a number of new measures designed to help keep everyone safe and in line with Scottish Government and University guidance.

Please also see the Abertay Responsibility & Respect Pledge which outlines the steps we are asking all students, staff and members of the Abertay community to take when on campus.

Opening hours

The building will open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00 in the first instance. There will be no weekend opening though SEZ will reply to emails. We will keep this under review.

Getting into the building

  • There will be separate doors for entry and exit.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times once inside the Library building, except where an exemption applies (as defined in the legislation).
  • You will need your student card to gain entry to levels 2-4 (though not to the foyer, café and SEZ).
  • Students using levels 2-4 will be asked to provide their last name and a contact number and we may be required to release this data in support of NHS Scotland's Test & Protect service.
  • While a two-way system for pedestrian traffic will be operating across campus you will see directional floor markings in place and signage advising you to ‘keep left’.

Study spaces and PCs

  • Social distancing rules mean we have had to significantly reduce the number of study spaces available.
  • The number of PCs available will also be significantly reduced, so please bring your own device if you can.
  • 100 of the study spaces with PCs will only be available if you pre-book (morning or afternoon slots available), including those PCs with specialist software. Booking for these slots is via https://bookings.abertay.ac.uk. A smaller number of study spaces with PCs (30) will still be available on a first come first served basis
  • The laptop lockers will be available for short-term laptop loans (returned laptops will be quarantined before they become available for loan again, which could reduce availability).
  • Photocopying and printing facilities will only be available on levels 1 and 2.
  • To help maintain safe distances between students, we have removed some furniture. Do not rearrange any of the remaining furniture or equipment.
  • 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 Teams) for group work.

Borrowing books

  • Please use our digital resources, where available, to help avoid unnecessary traffic in the building.
  • Our Digital Library (ebooks, ejournals, databases, and our subject resource guides) is available online 24/7, and we will continue to make as many of the resources on your reading lists available online as possible.
  • Some readings are still only available in print and you will be able to browse and borrow books. Please use the self-service kiosks to check books out and please return all books to the book drop. 
  • Returned Library books will be quarantined 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. 

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. Drinks are still permitted, in containers with lids.
  • The microwave in the foyer has been removed.
  • Our vending machines are currently switched off.
  • The water coolers are still available.





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