New Look Westlaw UK is live

Legal Information Update

Westlaw UK has recently undergone some major interface changes, refining many features and bringing the general look and feel in line with Westlaw International.

As before you should access Westlaw UK via Primo, our resource discovery tool. Users familiar with the previous Westlaw UK interface will have no trouble locating cases, legislation and articles etc, as the content header tabs are similarly displayed at the top of the page in the collections navigation bar. Clicking on any of the main content tabs opens up a second layer of tabs, providing in depth searching and browsing options. You can also search across all collections or browse by topic right from the home page. The Options button allows you to select specific collections to search across.

Westlaw UK new look homepage: Westlaw UK new look homepage: The collections Navigation Bar, Options button and Browse by Topic highlighted


The Cases tab opens up to Cases…

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New self-service machines in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

We have installed new, more user-friendly self-service kiosks on Floors 1, 4, 6 and on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. The older kiosks on Floors 3, 5 and 7 have been removed.

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Users can borrow, check their borrower record and renew items on loan, using the self-service machines on the Ground Floor and on Floors 1, 4 & 6.




To issue a book:

  • select “Borrow”
  • simply scan your ID card on the reader (place it under the red beam)
  • type in your PIN. If you don’t have a PIN, ask staff to register one for you
  • place the book on the shelf (the message: “place your items on the shelf below” will be displayed on the screen)
  • select method for obtaining receipt (print or email)

To return items on loan, use the self-service kiosks on Floor 1 (Heavy Demand area) or the Returns Room, located on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. There is also an external book drop slot where you can return items when the Library is closed.

International Percussion Institute performing at the University of Aberdeen on August 8 & 9

The International Percussion Institute will be giving a performance on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library on Friday August 9 at 17:00. Their theme this year is “The Sound of Silence” and even though we don’t expect them to be silent, we hope you enjoy their presence in the Library!


IPI will also be performing at King’s College Chapel on Thursday August 8. There will be two shows that evening, one at 16:15 (featuring artist Kalle Hasokalo) and one at 17:45.


Potential noise disruption in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week

The Library are installing new Self Service machines within the Sir Duncan Rice Library this week and this may cause some short disturbance to visitors.

This work will happen between Monday August 5 and Friday August 9.

This is vital work to upgrade the machines that allow users to borrow books from the Library. There may be some drilling while this happens. This work will be taking place across most floors of the building, at different times throughout the week.

If you are unable to find a machine to borrow books you can take the items to staff on Floor 1 of the building.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this but have timed this important work during the summer holidays to minimise the disturbance to our users.

Use Jisc Library Hub Discover to search all UK University and National Libraries at once

We announced earlier this summer that the popular COPAC and SUNCAT services from Jisc would be changing from July 31 when a new single service, Jisc Library Hub Discover, would launched to replace and improve upon their services. That change has now taken place and the new service is available.

COPAC provided a single point of access to the catalogues of over 100 UK National, University and specialist research libraries, while SUNCAT focused upon the serial or journal holdings of these institutions. Jisc Library Hub Discover will bring these two services together on one platform, allowing researchers to access a more complete view of the UK and Irish academic, national and special library collections than has previously been available. This change will simplify and reduce the time spent searching across the rich collections held across the UK and Ireland.

For more information see the detailed FAQ page available on the new site.

Library Guides available to help with your dissertation or project

As taught postgraduate students here at the University of Aberdeen are currently working on their dissertations or projects we would like to remind them that there are a wide range of Library Guides available on our website to help them better understand and use the high quality resources, across all subject areas, available from the Library Service.

Some guides focus on specific resources, such as Ebook Central, an ebook collection of over 180,000 titles across all disciplines, while others provide an understanding of the Library resources available in a subject area. We have guides that can help you with referencing your dissertation or project correctly; others that show you the best way to use Primo to find the information you need, and further guides that will demonstrate how to track down that vital piece of legislation in the legal database, Westlaw .

The Library Guides are all available on our website and you can browse them either in an A-Z listing or by broader subject areas, so please do have a look to see if they can assist you.

In addition to these online resources please remember that Library staff are also here to help you locate any materials that you may need, so please do come and find us in any of our three libraries.