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Last updated: 8th August 2022

Library Services at St. George's

Please find below a quick overview of our current online and physical services.

Joining and Accessing the Library

We are pleased to confirm that the library is open for access to study spaces, PCs and our book collection.  

If you are a member of NHS, academic or administrative staff , you can join the library using our NHS online registration form. All students should be automatically enrolled.  Use your ID card to swipe into the library during opening hours.


Library and Computer Room Opening Hours

The Library is open 24/7* with library staff available from 8am to 6pm, Monday-Friday. All other times are staffed by the security team. The computer rooms continue to be open 24/7.

*Check our Opening Hours page for any seasonal changes.

The book collection is available for open access browsing and borrowing using the self-service machines.

Library usage guidelines are available on the university's Guidance for Students and Guidance for Staff return to site pages.

All vistors and external members, including those on the SCONUL Access scheme and the University of London Libraries Access Agreement, can once again access the library.  The SCONUL Access Scheme has restarted nationally which means SCONUL can now process new applications and renewals, and all participating libraries will now accept visitors. There are a number of universities that have not rejoined the scheme. For more information about the scheme and the current participating institutions, please go to the SCONUL website.

Please note services and access, based on a   Library User Risk Assessment, may change over time and this guidance will be reviewed and updated as needed. 

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

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Remote access to Library resources - students and staff

  • Online 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.If you have any problems with this, please email ITAV@sgul.ac.uk.  

  • This short video demonstrates  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 list of  Online Teaching and Learning Resources where 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. 

  • Links to resources are provided on your module My reading list on Canvas, where available, to give you easier access to key readings.

  •  If you require an electronic version of a print book, please use our Suggest a Book form and we will seek access, where possible, dependent on availability and budgets. If a book or chapter you require is listed on a resource or reading list in Canvas, please ask your tutor to contact the library to request an electronic version.

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

Remote access to Library resources - NHS staff

  •  The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, a one-stop-shop for all NHS journals and other resources, is a good starting point when looking for evidence based information. Log in with your NHS OpenAthens account for the best experience.

  • You can  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 journals, databases and ebooks to be created on your behalf and can sign-up to our NHS Library Newsletter for updates.  You account will allow you to research and renew books but will not give you off-site access to the journal content available via Hunter which are only accessible to university staff and students remotely.

  •  To self-register for NHS OpenAthens for remote access to e-resources, visit http://openathens.nice.org.uk.Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk if you need help with your NHS OpenAthens account.

  • 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 loging for access.

  • Access ejournals via the NHS Journals list, when prompted enter your NHS OpenAthens login to access the full text of content accessible to you.

  • E-book access, via NHS OpenAthens, is also available via Hunter, the library catalogue. Some ebook titles are also available via the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub.

  • We provide  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 staff can  request articles available from the St George's, University of London collections to be delievered by email. Search for articles using Hunter, the library search tool, and submit your requests using the online form.

 

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

Loans and interlibrary loans

Your books should continue to auto-renew. To renew a tablet, please bring it to the Library Helpdesk.

It is possible to request items  via our interlibrary loan service as normal, but all articles will be delivered electronically.  The British Library is now open for print book loans but the delivery of these may be subject to delays. For more details email intloan@sgul.ac.uk

 

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

  • Embedded training sessions, organised by tutors are being delivered via a mix of face to face or  online, in line with the University's blended learning approach.
  • 1-2-1 appointments are available; they will be delivered either remotely on Microsoft Teams, or face to face- email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to arrange an appointment. The Research Enquiries Desk is closed until further notice, but we are able to offer the same support via email (liaison@sgul.ac.uk). Our new 'on-call' librarian service for in-person on the spot help is now running between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Our bookable information skills workshops are availabe online.

  • 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.

    Any questions? Please 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 libraries

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.

The SCONUL access scheme is also available- see above.

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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