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Based on the latest directive of the Ministry of Health, the Library will be closed from Monday 11.01.21 until further notice, as the University of Nicosia operations have been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Library will still provide support remotely via phone 22842100, via email firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com for Distance Learning Courses) and via LibChat on our website www.library.unic.ac.cy.
Safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
As of 28 September 2020, the library is operating under new regulations as outlined by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth. Under these regulations, the library provides both online and limited face-to-face services.
Library requests that all staff and users adhere to these measures so it can continue to support you and provide high quality services in a safe environment.
- The Library opening hours will be: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:00 and Saturday 09:00 – 17:00.
- Operating hours are evaluated periodically and users will be informed of any change.
2.Library building access
- Users will be required to wear a mask at all times at all library areas.
- Sanitisers will be available of users continued use at the library entrance and at the Access Control point.
- At the Access Control point, everyone will have their temperature checked and masks are being worn
- Users are required to uphold the 2 metre social distancing throughout the library
- No access will be allowed for impromptu visits, public and external users
- A UNIC ID card is required for entrance to the library building. First year students can use their current semester Registration Form and national ID card.
- No food or drink are permitted in the Library.
3.Print collection access and borrowing
- Print collections are assigned restricted access.
- All borrowing steps will be performed by the librarians upon request, preferably by phone or email (+357 22842100, firstname.lastname@example.org). The books will be available for collection at the Circulation Desk.
- Specialised print collections (e.g. architecture journals) can be accessed, upon request. All material must be handed will gloves, available at the Circulation Desk.
4.Returning print books
- We strongly suggest the 24-hour drop-box be used for returning print books, which has been installed at the entrance of the library building.
- Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours, to eliminate any contamination. This may cause some delays for books to be processed back into the library system for which we apologise in advance.
5.Study area usage
- A maximum of 57 people can occupy the study area at any time, which will continually monitored.
- Users can book time-slot to use the study area at least 24 hours in advance, preferably by phone or email (+357 22842100, email@example.com). Three time-slots per day are provided Monday to Friday and two on Saturday. Time has been assigned between each slot for sanitisation:
Study Stations Slots
Monday to Friday
(2.5 hours slots)
(3 hours slots)
The remaining time is required to close the library.
6.Library tours and visits
- Tours/visits within the library have been postponed until further notice.
Resources for COVID-19
Developed the COVID-19 News Map application (with the JRC of the European Commission) to visualize information coming through the system for public health intelligence. It displays the headlines and snippets of the ten most recent articles that the system has identified as being related to COVID-19 in their original languages.
Information on research projects and initiatives to tackle the spread of coronavirus and preparedness for other outbreaks.
A general public resource on coronavirus containing important information such as government announcements and expert’s advice, research and analysis made by UNIC members, UNIC policies as well as, a diagnostic tool developed by the University of Nicosia Primary Care Centre in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the General Healthcare System (GESY).
The journal offers free access to latest advice on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Created to support the immediate need for trusted information for researchers, clinicians and all users. It is comprised of news feeds and resources from trusted bodies of authority and the index is in its infancy.
This medical database has made helpful information about COVID-19 and Coronavirus available to you to use and share.
A selection of articles on coronavirus published by Elsevier.
Provides remote teaching resources and support for nursing and healthcare educators.
Provides access to health and medical research with almost 20,000 relevant articles freely available on ScienceDirect.
Illustrates the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, disseminates useful statistical figures to the Governing Departments and Authorities and informs the public.
The official site of the European Union regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Provides relevant research videos to support the efforts of scientists and researchers address the COVID-19 outbreak.
26 public health journals are now freely available until December 31, 2020
All relevant research Springer has published and continue to publish are now available for free.
H σειρά video podcasts που δημιούργησε η Νομική Σχολή του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας, ανταποκρινόμενη στο χρέος κοινωνικής αλληλεγγύης και την επιτακτική ανάγκη έγκαιρης και έγκυρης ενημέρωσης του κοινού.
The official page of World Health Organization for the latest information about coronavirus.
Freely accessible online modules to support the response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease through the World Health Organization’s open learning platform for health emergencies.
Guides to Help You Identify Fake News
Use the below guides to learn how to spot fake news:
- 7 ways to avoid misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic – a guide created by Politifact (brief version here)
- SIFT (Mike Caulfield) – the four moves to evaluate source credibility. There is as also a 3hr mini course by M. Caulfield: Check Please! Starter Course
- How to spot fake news – an infographic created by IFLA with 8 simple steps to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you
- Beyond Fake News – 10 Types of Misleading Information – an infographic created by The European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI)
The below sources will help you to identify fake news
- Snopes - a fact-checking resource, that investigates urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore. You can also check The Coronavirus Collection: Fact-Checking COVID-19 for COVID-19 related rumors and misinformation.
- PolitiFact - a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others.
- Google Reverse Image Search, RevEye, InVid and TinEye are tools that help you find the original context of images or videos you see on social media or elsewhere.
- Quote Investigator - a website that fact-checks the reported origins of widely circulated quotes.
- Coronavirus Rumor Control - a webpage from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sources/Actions That Support Online Learning
Provides resources that can be used in online classes to help members make an easy transition to online teaching and learning.
This American Library Association’s publication is now freely available until further notice. Booklist provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials for all ages.
The vendor is available to deliver any online training session/WebEx on any topic related to EBSCO products and services interested to students, academic staff and librarians- please contact the library if you are interested.
Our existing holdings have been upgraded to Unlimited-User access (including single-user and three-user models) until 30/6/2020 for a growing list of publishers.
Developed a library of resources for teaching and offers free access to pertinent content.
The Commission has published this webpage highlighting the wide range of online learning materials available at European level. It aims to ensure continuity in education and training activities during the current Coronavirus crisis.
Courses on IEEE Xplore Digital Library are now offered for free to UNIC Library users. This is a great opportunity for faculty members to support their students.
This platform offers a free trial (until May) to UNIC Library users to access the InfoSci-Subject Databases, covering the areas of Business and Management, Computer Science and Information Technology, Education, Environmental, Agricultural, and Physical Sciences, Government and Law, Library and Information Science, Media and Communications, Medical, Healthcare, and Life Sciences, Science and Engineering, Security and Forensics, and Social Sciences and Humanities. [Off-campus access: Proxy Server Authentication is required. OpenAthens is not supported].
Offers free access to UNIC Library users to a video library dedicated to teaching fundamentals through easy-to-understand video demonstrations. [JoVE: The Journal of Visualized Experiments is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes experimental methods in video format].
UNIC Library access has been upgraded to cover all unlicensed JSTOR journals collections and ebooks until December 31, 2020.
Makes Greek and Latin literature accessible temporarily free of charge for UNIC Library users until June 30, 2020. [Off-campus access: Proxy Server Authentication is required. OpenAthens is not supported].
Expands UNIC Library’s access to cover scholarly content in the humanities and social sciences temporarily for free to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.
Our existing holdings have been upgraded to Unlimited-User access (including single-user and three-user models) until mid- June for a growing list of publishers.
Resources for Library Staff and Information Professionals
The Association of College and Research Libraries launched a new guide, featuring updated information, free professional development, open access publications, and other resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.
Offers librarians around the globe the chance to better support the online research needs of their faculty, students and researchers.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions created a page – regularly updated – with information about nationwide library closures, as well as a range of ideas drawn from experience of libraries in different settings.
This online professional development platform for librarians and other library staff offers the course Online Instructional Design as a demo.