New Primo coming in January 2020 – implications for your e-Shelf

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The Library’s management system is undergoing a major upgrade. This will impact on Primo, the Library’s discovery tool. We are currently working on a new version of Primo, which will bring a number of benefits to the institution. The upgrade will provide an improved search facility and an inter-library loan function through Primo, amongst other improvements which will be in place in early January 2020.

Please note that items currently saved to the e-Shelf will not be automatically transferred to the new Primo. You will need to export and save the contents of your e-Shelf in Primo and the Library Catalogue before Christmas.

For guidance on how to export the contents of your e-Shelf, please see our guides:
Primo e-Shelf: how to export or save
Library Catalogue e-Shelf: how to export or save

Please also note the following important dates:

  • Tuesday 10 December – Last date for the recall of books from other readers, until early January 2020
  • Tuesday 10 December – Last date for the submission of Inter-Library Loan requests. Any submitted after this date will not be processed until early January 2020
  • Monday 16 December – Last date when readers can request items from other library sites or from our stores
  • Monday 23 December – The older Library Catalogue will be retired and no longer available

For more information on the Primo upgrade, see our page:
New Primo is coming January 2020

Please get in touch if you have any questions:
T: +44 (0) 1224 273330



PhD students and new academic staff – Library & IT induction sessions now available for booking

Library and IT induction sessions for new PhD students and members of University staff are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these small group sessions are designed for academic staff and research postgraduate students new to the University of Aberdeen and provide a general introduction to The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) on the Old Aberdeen campus and Digital Research services.

There are three sessions on offer before the Christmas holidays but more will run monthly until June.

  • Tuesday   19   November:   10:00 – 11:30
  • Tuesday   26   November:   10:00 – 11:30 
  • Thursday 12  December:    14:00 – 15:30 

During the introduction we will cover:

  • How to get the best from our data storage, data management planning, high-performance computing (HPC) survey and collaboration tools
  • How the Library works, e.g. borrowing and requesting materials
  • Primo, the gateway to all the library resources here at UoA
  • Specialised academic databases suitable for your research
  • What library staff can do to support you in your research

This informal induction and tour provide an opportunity to meet with the Library’s Information Consultants and members of staff from Digital Research – ask any questions you may have about computing services or access to suitable library materials. For more detailed information on literature searching, book onto separate 2-hour workshops which run at key points through the year (normally November, February, April and June).

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students or staff, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.

For  more information visit:

24 hour opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

In the lead up to the exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this happens and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday November 17, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 13, 2019.

Please note that there will only be swipe card access after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.

Also, in the run up to and during the exams Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be designated as a Silent Study Area across the whole floor. Please see our separate blog post for further details on this.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the Library.
  2. Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre.  Remember – no hot food allowed.
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

Silent Study: Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

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In response to student feedback for more quiet study space in the lead-up to and during exams Floor 5 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will be designated as a Silent Study area across the complete Floor. Our pilot “Silent Floor” trial will run from Monday 18 November until the end of exams on Friday 13 December.

Unfortunately, we are unable to adjust our noisy hand dryers, but during this period on Floor 5 please observe the following rules:

  • No discussions or conversations
  • No phone calls
  • Please go to the stairwells to make or take phone calls, or hold conversations

Additionally, we will have free earplugs available for anyone who wants them. These will be available at the Welcome Desk.

In addition to the pilot Silent Floor on Floor 5, our designated Silent Study rooms on Floors 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the south side of the building will operate as normal. Note that laptops are not allowed in the Silent Study room on Floor 6 (Room 624) – this is the only space in TSDRL where this is the case.

Elsewhere in the building, we encourage all users to keep noise and conversations to a minimum. Library staff will be readily available throughout TSDRL to promote an environment conducive to study. Feedback and comments on the Floor 5 trial will be very welcome.

If you require space for group discussion and collaborative working have you considered booking a space across our different Libraries to support this? See our website for further details.

Please note that cleaning and hoovering will take place through the night on all floors, including Floor 5. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sound of peace to fill The Sir Duncan Rice Library on Remembrance Sunday



Armistice Day is often associated with silence but at 15:00 on Sunday 10th November, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be filled with sound as part of a new act of remembrance.

Staff and students at The Sir Duncan Library will join with musicians around the world as part of the #iPlay4Peace initiative.

Musicians will perform a new composition by Anthony White, a second year music student from the University of Aberdeen, as one of three new works to be performed by a global orchestra coming together in unison to mark the end of the First World War and the ongoing struggle for peace. Anthony White’s composition, ‘Battling for Peace’, has been chosen together with new pieces by Aberdeen fiddler Paul Anderson and London-based musician and composer Clare Paddi Salters.

#iPlay4Peace is a global initiative to create a new and lasting form of Remembrance. The project is the brainchild of University of Aberdeen senior lecturer Neil McLennan and Scottish fiddler Thoren Ferguson and utilises new online interactive technology supported by Edinburgh Napier University to enable musicians to perform in real time together, wherever they are based.

On Sunday the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra will perform at Edinburgh Napier University’s historic Craiglockhar and musicians from as far afield as America to Asia and from Shetland to South Africa will join in online. The Sir Duncan Rice Library performance is part of this global collaboration.

On Sunday there will also be a performance of Paul Anderson’s ‘Winning the Peace’ in the Chapel as part of the University’s Service of Remembrance, by Aberdeen student and musician Clara-Jane Maunder.



Exciting new chapter for The Sir Duncan Rice Library: UPDATE

Last week, we announced that a redesign of the west side of The Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor was in progress. We are delighted to announce that the works are now completed and visitors can enjoy the new space we have created for reading and relaxation!

The space will also host the Old Aberdeen Library, which will open on Monday 14 October.

For more information, see our update at:

Exciting new chapter for The Sir Duncan Rice Library

A significant redesign of a large area of The Sir Duncan Rice Library is underway. We are delighted to announce that the space behind the Gallery on the Ground Floor is being altered to provide:

  • a lending, self-service collection provided by Aberdeen City Libraries
  • a range of new furniture and services to support the well-being of our users

For more information, visit our page:

Old Aberdeen Library in progress