Filming in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – Monday 10th December

On Monday 10th December 2018 there will be a film crew present in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, filming on the Ground Floor and on floors 4 & 6.

We expect the filming to commence at 08:30 and last approximately 30 minutes.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

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Primo – short interruptions due to maintenance – November 23, 2018

Primo, the online interface for searching our collections, will be undergoing vital maintenance during the morning of November 23, resulting in short periods when the service will be unavailable. Primo should be considered at risk between 8 and 11 am.  We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

It will still be possible to search our collections during this time by using our individual catalogues. These can be found elsewhere on our website

Unattended belongings in our Libraries before and during exams

With the next exam period approaching, all of our libraries are becoming busier as revision begins in earnest. To ensure all our students have fair access to a study space during this busy time we would like to bring to your attention the Library policy concerning unattended belongings.

The reason for the policy is to ensure that study spaces are not blocked by readers leaving their belongings unattended at a desk for an extended period of time, in effect reserving a desk. This inconveniences others, particularly at a time when demand for study space is high, and we kindly ask that you do not do this. If you see desks being reserved in this way please feel free to speak with library staff.

If you do leave belongings at a study space please note that items left unattended for more than 30 minutes may be removed for safe keeping by library staff, in accordance with Library Regulation 5.5. A notice will be left on the desk to indicate this has happened to your belongings.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, if this happens to your belongings before 5pm please refer to Library Floor staff to retrieve your belongings. For Floor 7 please go to the Floor 6 Office. After 5pm belongings can be collected from the Information Centre on Floor 1. At Taylor and Medical Libraries please speak with staff at the issue desks.

Notices will be displayed on desks to indicate this policy. We kindly ask all readers to please think of their fellow students and be considerate to the needs of others also revising hard for important exams. Good luck to everyone with their exams.

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

Library 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 sessions introduce how to get the best out of the Library here at the University of Aberdeen and are highly recommended for those postgraduate researchers who are new to the institution. New staff who want to better understand the Library and its services would also benefit from attending.

There is one remaining opportunity to attend one of these sessions before the Christmas holidays:

  • December 13: 10.00 – 11.00

During the hour-long introduction to the Library service we will cover:

  • The basics of how to search our catalogue, Primo
  • How to borrow and return items in our libraries
  • How to locate high-quality online scholarly materials
  • How the Library can help you as you progress with your research
  • Tour of The Sir Duncan Library

As every university is different in how they operate their library service it has proved useful to new arrivals to attend these sessions, to learn exactly how we do things here at the University of Aberdeen.

These induction sessions complement more detailed Library Information Skills Workshops which we offer to PhD students. The next series of these are to take place at the start of February but are not yet open for booking. We will send out information once they are available for booking.

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.

Maths drop-in sessions for exam preparation in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library next week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on December 1.

You will be able to find her on Floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your questions.

Dr Richard will be available at the following times:

  • Wednesday 28 November, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 29 November, 14.00 – 16:00
  • Friday 30 November, 12:00 – 14:00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk

Exam Papers Database available to help with revision

With just over one week until the start of the next exam period, for the majority of students, we would like to help you prepare for them by reminding you about the large online collection of past exam papers which the library manages.

There are well over 3000 past exam papers available in Word or PDF format in our searchable database, covering undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses from across the University’s three Colleges. You can either search for specific courses or browse your way towards those past papers you need. You will need to enter your University username and password to access the exam papers.

Exam papers can be accessed either through Primo or directly via the DigiTool Exam Paper Database

We do not have every past exam paper available there, so if you can’t find an exam paper for a particular course you will need to check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide you with copies of past exams.

There is a guide to accessing the exam papers available here and a further guide to DigiTool available here.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any other resources you may need while preparing for your exams. If you have any questions please just ask a member of library staff. Good luck with your exams!

24/7 opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

24 7 exam openingIn the lead up to the fast approaching 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 18, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 14, 2018.

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

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • 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 designated areas of the Library (everywhere except the silent study areas, study rooms, project rooms and areas with equipment).
  2. Cold food can be consumed in the same locations – but not if it is has a strong smell or is noisy! (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 library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager