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Last updated: 2nd July 2020

Please find below updates on our response to Covid-19 and information about remote access to resources and services. We will update this page regularly but please email us on library@sgul.ac.uk if you have any questions.

In line with government advice, the University site is now closed. This includes the Library and computer rooms.

Keep an eye on this page or follow our Twitter account for more information. 

University guidance

For more information and updates on the university’s response to the pandemic, visit the university’s coronavirus guidance page. 

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Remote access to Library resources - students and staff

In line with the institutional move to remote teaching, we’d like to highlight that remote access to electronic books and articles is always available to registered St George’s, University of London students and staff via Hunter, the library catalogue. Sign-in with your login details for access. Should you have any issues with your password, you can reset your password here (please note: you need to have registered an alternative, personal email address with us in order to use this service. If you need to set up or check your external email, contact Student Life Centre). If you have any problems with this, please email ITAV@sgul.ac.uk.  

Have a look at this video on how to access resources remotely

Access to healthcare databases for literature searching is available via our databases A-Z list. Choose the relevant links for ‘off-site’ access and enter your login details for access.

We have created a new  Online Teaching and Learning Resources  list under which you will find a round-up of the key learning resources provided by St George’s Library, as well as ‘free’ resources that have been opened up by academic publishers at this time to support student learning, including increased access to e-books. 

We are in the process of adding permalinks to your module reading lists on Canvas, to give you easier access to our e-book collection. Not all current editions are available electronically, so occasionally we might link to previous editions.

 

Any questions around access? Email liaison@sgul.ac.uk 

Remote access to Library resources - NHS staff

*New NHS article request service* .While the library and Hunter Wing computer rooms are closed, in response to COVID-19, NHS staff can request articles available from the St George's, University of London collections. Search for articles using Hunter, the library search tool, and submit your requests using the online form.

You can still sign up for a Library account here. When you set up an account, you will be able to ask for an NHS OpenAthens account, for access to articles, databases and ebooks to be created in your behalf and can sign-up to our NHS Library Newsletter for updates.

 To self-register for NHS OpenAthens, visit http://openathens.nice.org.uk

Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk if you need help with your NHS OpenAthens account. E-book access, via NHS OpenAthens, is also available via Hunter, the library catalogue.

Access to healthcare databases for literature searching is available via our databases A-Z list.. Choose the relevant links for  NHS staff access  and enter your NHS OpenAthens login details for access.

Also, have a look at our  tailored "COVID-19 Resources LibGuide, where you can find a wide variety of clinical, educational and research-based coronavirus information updates.

We will continue our provision of CARES (Clinical and Research Enquiry Service), which is a Librarian-led literature-searching services for all NHS and academic staff at St George's.  Send us your search requests via the CARES online form or email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

NHS library users can continue requesting resources via InterLibrary Loan. We will endeavour to source your request, but please be aware that we can only supply journal articles electronically, as the British Library print collection is no longer available. To request a resource, please fill in this form (you will need a Library account to login).

 

Any questions around access? Email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Loans and interlibrary loans

Your books should continue to auto-renew. All book  and tablet loans have been extended until the 31st August, with a view to extending further depending on the situation which should prevent anyone from accruing fines or needing to return their books during this time. You are no longer able to place holds on books through Hunter, our library catalogue, as the Library is now closed.

It's possible to request journal articles, only,  via our interlibrary loan service as per usual, but all articles will be delivered electronically.  The British Library is now closed for print book loans and we are no longer able to process print book loan requests from their collection until furthur notice. For more details email intloan@sgul.ac.uk

 

Library support and training sessions - what you can expect from us 

All face-to-face Library training sessions are suspended, in line with the University’s guidance.

1-2-1 appointments continue to be available; they will be delivered remotely on Microsoft Teams, where feasible. The Research Enquiries Desk is closed until further notice, but we are able to offer the same support via email (liaison@sgul.ac.uk) or, where feasible, personalised video tutorials and video conversation via Teams.

We are working hard to figure out how to best continue offering you the support to be successful in your studies or access high quality healthcare information for clinical practice.  

The Library module on Canvas  for students is a great place to get started and don’t forget about our Libguides- there are guides for NHS and University audiences. We are  also working on creating more online videos and tutorials. You can find our current videos on Youtube.

Please rest assured that we will continue to be available to answer enquiries. Email your Liaison Librarian directly or send your question to liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Support for researchers

Support for researchers who have question about open access, research data management and CRIS and SORA is available as usual by contacting us on our service emails of openaccess@sgul.ac.ukresearchdata@sgul.ac.uk and sora@sgul.ac.uk . 1-2-1s are also offered on Microsoft Teams.

Covid-19 resources

 Many clinical, research and educational Covid-19 resources are available for free via our "Coronavirus Covid-19" filter on our A-Z database list and we have also developed a more detailed LibGuide on COVID-19 Resources,aimed at NHS staff, covering key guidance and updates.

Access to other librarires

Senate House Library  has launched a temporary remote registration service for e-resource access:

https://senatehouselibrary.libguides.com/remote-registration

This will enable users from all Federal Member Institutions, including St George's, (unless requested otherwise) to register for e-resource access on a 4 monthly rolling membership without the need for staff intervention. It does require validation through your St George's, University of London email address.

Further updates 

Follow us on social media, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for further updates. We also publish blogposts regularly and will provide more information on how to make the most of the Library resources on there.

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