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​*COVID-19: Guidelines for accessing the Library*

To comply with social distancing and hygiene measures, our services are subject to the following guidelines:​

  • ​Face coverings must be worn in the Library.
  • Access to books is by request only.  Please direct ​all search and title requests to Library staff. Returned books will be quarantined before being put back into circulation.
  • ​Computer and study space capacity is limited owing to social distancing and must be booked in advance.
Please find more detailed information here: ​COVID-19 Library Guidelines   As staff availability is currently limited, opening hours may be subject to change.

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Contact us on library@wcs.ac.uk for more information.

Our libraries offer a welcoming and comfortable learning environment and are well-equipped to support your studies. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand and happy to help.

Membership is automatic and your Digital Student ID Card on MyDay is also your Library Card.  Look for the Library tiles on MyDay to find information, check your loans and computer availability:

  • Teams Sessions
    • Library staff can provide guidance and tutorials via Microsoft Teams, including how to access OpenAthens and search online resources. Book a session by emailing library@wcs.ac.uk
  •  PCs with Microsoft Office and Internet access (inc. reservation service)
    • Each campus library has a suite of Microsoft Windows PCs, all with internet access and Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Publisher.WiFi access will allow you to connect your smartphone, tablet device or laptop using eduroam.  Log in with your college email address e.g. studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk and your college password.  Note: this WiFi network does not permit access to college printers.
  • Group and Personal study spaces
    • Each library has an area for private study or group work. These areas are noise controlled areas but may not be silent.
  • Password Reset Services
    • Should you have problems getting logged in the Library staff will be able to assist with resetting your password.  Note: Student Card or other Photo ID required
  • Laptop Loan
    • The library at our Finnart St. Campus in Greenock has a laptop day-loan service. This allows students and staff to loan a laptop for the day, for use on campus. Each laptop is issued fully charged and with WiFi access.

COVID-19 Information: Library Guidelines

Library Guidelines

To comply with social distancing and hygiene measures, our services are subject to the following guidelines:

  • ​Face coverings must be worn in the Library.
  • Access to books is by request only.  Please direct ​all search and title requests to Library staff. Returned books will be quarantined before being put back into circulation.
  • ​Computer and study space capacity is limited owing to social distancing and must be booked in advance.

The Scottish Government have specified that face coverings must be worn in the Library.

Borrowing books

  • Access to bookshelves is restricted to Library staff only.  Please direct all search and title requests to Library staff.
  • Email library@wcs.ac.uk with your request, including the name of your campus in the subject line.  You can search and check availability of items on the Library online catalogue 
  • Library staff will contact you when your item(s) are ready to be collected.

Returning books 

  • Please deposit items in the returns box available near the entrance of the Library so that they can be safely quarantined before re-issue.

Online Resources and Ebooks

  • These are available outside the library and college using an OpenAthens account login. Click on the Online Resources tab or CLICK HERE for more information

Computer use and Study Space

  • These will be limited due to social distancing so we strongly recommend booking in advance. You can use ‘MyPC’ in your MyDay app to see computer availability.  Please contact Library staff to book, stating the campus you wish to use.
  • We will also have signage displaying current availability outside the library itself and if we have PC terminals available it may be possible to use one without a booking.

Stationery

  • We recommend library users bring their own pens, pencils, paper etc. as we may not be able to loan these items due to hygiene concerns and limited supply. Unfortunately, the bookshop at Clydebank campus will not be open for purchasing stationery.

Please remember Social Distancing and Hygiene measures are in place throughout the college and we ask all library users to help maintain as safe an environment as we possibly can to ensure everyone’s good health within the college and outside of it. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot currently offer group study space.

 

Online Resources

You can search your Library online for books you need.  We also provide access to a range of online resources to help with your studies.

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Our Library video will tell you everything you need to know from accessing books, study areas and printing

Subject Guides

We have also created subject guides to highlight resources that could help with your course of study.  Find these on our Wakelet Library profile: https://wakelet.com/@WCSLibraries and on the LIbrary pages on Moodle.

Wakelet is best viewed on Google Chrome or the most up-to-date version of Microsoft Edge

We have created guides to highlight digital resources that could help with your course of study .  Click on the links below to find resources for your subject:

Contact library@wcs.ac.uk for more information and help.

Opening Hours

*Opening Hours* 

Due to circumstances, staffing is currently limited.  Opening hours may be subject to change without prior notice.

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Our Library video will tell you everything you need to know from accessing books, study areas and printing 

Contact the library

Feel free to contact us face-to-face or by any of the methods below

library@wcs.ac.uk

Clydebank campus library

0141 951 7470

Greenock campus library

01475 554 044

Paisley campus library

0141 581 2391

Waterfront campus library

01475 554 044

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How to Guides

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