Welcome to St George’s Library 2020/2021

A very warm welcome to those new to St George’s and welcome back to those returning to their studies. As we won’t be meeting most of you face-to-face for a while, in this blogpost you can find all the information you need to get started with the academic year.

If you are joining us this year, be sure to complete your library induction quiz which forms part of your online induction.

Photo of the front entrance to St George's library. There is glass wall behind which a group of students are sitting and a green sign that says "Library".

Help and support

Your Liaison team is here to support you in your learning and research. Most of you will meet your liaison librarians for training  sessions as part of your course. We will show you how to use the resources we have, how to research an essay topic and how to get to grips with Harvard, the referencing style used at St George’s.

New for autumn 2020, we are launching daily, weekday Library Research drop-ins online for anyone to get help on the spot with things you might find tricky. If you are unsure of where to start or are looking for some tips and tricks on how to make the most of the databases we have, you can meet us via Microsoft Teams (available to everyone at St George’s). No need to book – just click on the relevant link in our events calendar, between 12-1 on the day you want help.

You can also get in touch with us about any questions you might have about finding information for your assignments or referencing using our dedicated email address – liaison@sgul.ac.uk. We can support you via email or a 1-2-1 appointment via Microsoft Teams so you can get specialised help from your liaison librarian. 1-2-1 appointments are online meetings, you will need to be in an appropriate study space, you cannot take calls or have conversations in the library.

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If you have a more general question about the library or need help with passwords or book loans, the library team can answer all your questions via email, so there is no need for you to come in. Email library@sgul.ac.uk with any questions you might have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Online resources and library guides

You can access library resources online through your SGUL username and password 24 hours a day from the library homepage.

The library has invested more than ever this year in enhancing our e-book collection with hundreds of new titles added in the last 6 months, and access to new collections including AccessMedicine, and LWW Health Library collections. We also provide access to e-resources such as healthcare databases and study skills resources like Cite Them Right Online. You will be using most of them during your studies at St George’s. The infographic below highlights a few of the resources available to you, including Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, JoVE (Journal of Visualised Experiments and Science Education) and BMJ Learning.

Infographic. A list of some the e-learning resources available at St George's.

To find out more, take a look at these how-to videos on a variety of topics, we are expanding this collection over the coming months. The videos offer a quick introduction, in the case of BMJ Learning, or more detailed guidance on Hunter – Library Search , and Cite Them Right for example. You can watch them all on YouTube.

If you are new to St George’s, have a look at our Library Essentials Libguide, which covers everything you need to know to get started with using the library. We have many more Libguides, including general ones on literature searching and printing at St George’s, as well as subject specific ones for courses taught at St George’s.

The library has a dedicated module on Canvas. This will be developed further to provide self-directed units on finding information for your assignments and referencing essentials, so keep a look out. Depending on the course you are doing, we also have dedicated subject pages within your course modules where you can find information on your library training sessions.

In-person services

Over summer, we started a ‘Click and Collect’ service for physical books. It allows you to reserve books via Hunter – Library Search, and come in to pick it up when it is ready. To find out more about this service, please visit our Covid response page. We are working on restoring our ‘Browse and Borrow’ service, which will allow you to pick books up from the shelf yourself. More details on this service will be made available soon. Check our website or social media sites for updates.

Throughout September, the library is open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with library staff on hand should you need help. We will be extending these hours from October to include weekend opening. Please check our website for updates.

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In line with St George’s policy, we ask you to not come on campus or use the library unless it is essential that you do so. All spaces available are for individual, silent study only and you must wear a face covering in the library. It goes without saying that you need to keep a distance of 2 metres from library staff and other library users, including your friends! Disinfectant sprays and paper towels are available throughout the library. It is your responsibility to wipe down your study space and PC before and after use.

Stay in touch

To stay up-to-date with library services and opening hours, please visit our Covid-19 response page. We are active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where you can also get news and service updates.

Finally, we would like to welcome you again to St George’s and wish you a successful year! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any library-related questions.

Phone: 020 8725 5446

Email : library@sgul.ac.uk

Web: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/library