Research Support

Library services for PhD students

The Parasol Library provides a range of tailored services to support the academic journey of its PhD students.

The range of subjects being researched by our PhD students is very broad.  The Librarian meets with PhD students on a 1:1 basis to identify individual information needs to provide resources and other support tailored to their thesis area.

Areas of support for all PhD students include the following.  Contact the Parasol Librarian

Literature Searching

Key resources for literature searching:
CORE – Academic search engine
Google Scholar
BASE – Academic search engine
Internet Archive Scholar 
DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
The Internet Archive 

Specialist Resources

Discipline-specific resources:
Web of Science
Business Source Ultimate
APA PsycInfo
Student memberships of specialist societies – Contact the Parasol Librarian for more details

Document Delivery Services

For material not available through the Parasol Library and our institutional subscriptions we will supply articles through document delivery services, eg
British Library On Demand service:  copyright-cleared digital documents
Contact the Parasol Librarian to request document delivery items

Main Library

Opening Hours: Main Library / Resource Centre:
The Library is open to registered students:
08:00 – 12:00 Midnight, Monday – Saturday during term-time and until 10:00pm on Sundays.
Closed for Bank Holidays.
Summer Hours:  08:00 – 20:30, Monday – Friday.  Weekend opening by arrangement.

Reading Room

Opening Hours: Reading Room (Gibraltar Repository):
Staffed Hours:
Open when the Library Desk is staffed:
08:30 – 17:00  Monday – Thursday
08:30 – 16:30  Friday
Closed:  Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Summer Hours:  08:00 – 15:30, Monday – Friday (subject to confirmation each year)

Library services for PhD students

Borrowing Books

Main Library / Resource Centre:
Parasol Library Catalogue [link]
Unless a book is marked as ‘Reference Only’ all books can be borrowed our registered students and staff.
Staffed Hours:
Borrow of return books via the Library Desk in the Reading Room
Borrow and return books via the Main Reception Desk in the Atrium.  You will need your Student ID card

Reading Room books

Reading Room (Gibraltar Repository):
Gibraltar Repository books are all ‘Reference Only’ and cannot be borrowed.
Students and visitors can consult them during staffed hours only.
AAT Manuals (Osborne):
Back-up copies are kept in the Reading Room but can be borrowed and set aside for collection by prior arrangement.
Send an email request to:

Photocopying and Printing


Multi-function copier:
The photocopier in the Library / Resource Centre prints out in B&W only.
Paper supplies:
If the photocopier runs out of paper, additional supplies are available from the Library Desk (during staffed hours) or the Main Reception Desk.
Printer problems:
During office hours the IT Department are available to resolve problems with the photocopier.  If a problem occurs out-of-hours it cannot be sorted until the next working day.

Printing & emailing pdfs

Emailing a pdf instead of printing out:
Instead of printing out a hard copy, you can send yourself a pdf (which will be in colour) to your University of Gibraltar email address instead.
Instructions are by the photocopier, or ask the Librarian for assistance.
NB: All copying (including creating pdf files) must comply with ‘fair dealing’ standards in copyright law.  Common examples are:
  • One chapter from a book
  • One article from a single issue of a journal
Contact the Parasol Librarian for further information on using copyright material for your individual research

Contact the Parasol Library

For general enquiries email:

Parasol Librarian:

Caroline Moss-Gibbons
T: +350 2007100 x816

PhD Programme

Amy Swift
T: +350 20071000 x826