Scheduled maintenance: Ovid – 7th October

Wolters Kluwer will be performing maintenance on Ovid on Sunday, October 7th from 02:00 to 05:00 in the morning and again on Sunday October 14th from 02:00 to 05:00 in the morning. Users may experience login issues for up to one hour during these time periods.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.


Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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We believe that you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between October 16 and November 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the resources we provide, and the ways in which you can make best use of them. They cover:

  • Using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources.
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.
  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to manage your references correctly when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams!

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to and search for Library Information Skills courses.

Information Skills workshops for PhD researchers now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue their in-depth research with a short series of Information Skills workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen, these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

The workshops will take place between the dates: 30th of October – 15th of November and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and E-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references
(Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit and look for Library Information Skills classes.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

All libraries now in term time opening hours

As teaching across the University of Aberdeen has now begun for all subject areas we would like to remind students and staff that each of our three libraries are now open according to their term time hours, giving more opportunity for you to find resources, undertake study and research, and ask library staff for help.

Full details of all of our opening hours can be found on our website.

New Primo videos on the Library website

We are delighted to introduce our new series of short videos, demonstrating how to use Primo – our library catalogue – to find resources in paper and electronic format.


The videos can be accessed at:

Stay tuned, more videos coming soon!

IT Service Desk now located in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

IT Service Desk has moved to The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The IT Service Desk, previously located in the Edward Wright Building, has moved to Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL). It is located next to Library staff based at the Floor 1 Information Centre.

If you have any IT issues that require speaking with someone in person please come and see the friendly and knowledgeable staff that will be based there Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

You can still log an IT call using the online MyIT Portal, or in other ways. See the IT Service Desk webpages for more details.

IT Service Desk staff will also be available, between September 5 and 21, in the Elphinstone Hall to help new students with the Registration process as they arrive here in Aberdeen. They will be working alongside many other services in the Elphinstone Hall during this time, to complement the work done at the new IT Service Desk in TSDRL. Full details on Registration can be found online.

Come for a Tour of The Sir Duncan Rice Library – No booking required

Following on from our already fully booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 3 and 4, we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the rest of that week and the following two weeks for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

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Starting on Wednesday September 5 and running until Friday September 21, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

There will be more than one tour taking place at a time, lasting approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services and resources available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the year ahead.​​