How do I return books?

Did you know the quickest and easiest way to return library books is at the Returns Room through the self-return machines? You will find the Returns Room on the Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.  

 

It’s as simple as placing the books through the slot one by one. As soon as they have passed through they are removed from your borrowing record. 

You will also find an external slot on the right-hand side of the entrance to the Library. This means that you can return your library books anytime – 24/7! 

Don’t forget to take your receipt as proof of your returned items.  

Forgotten your student card? Don’t worry! You don’t need your student card to return books.  

Heavy Demand books can be returned in the Heavy Demand Area on Floor 1 (using the self-issue/returns machine) or at the Returns Room.  

You will find a video tutorial on how to use the self-return machine on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcoZduPANjc&feature=youtu.be  

 

Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

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Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library?

There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5.

The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points! Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where no electronic devices are allowed, for those who need no disturbance. 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries. 

Please remember that food consumption is prohibited in all Silent Study Rooms. 

Library users can take cold food and cold/hot drinks (as long as they are in a covered container) past the gates in all library buildings.

You will find that there are many areas within the libraries where you can eat and drink, but please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

  Cleaning up after yourselves

  Using the appropriate bins provided (general waste/mixed recyclables)

recycle bins

 

To maintain a pleasant study environment please observe the following restrictions:

   No hot food is allowed anywhere in the libraries

   No smelly or noisy cold food

 No food in silent study areas, project rooms, as well as rooms or areas with equipment (PC Classrooms, PC Clusters, Co-Labs, Flexible Learning Area, Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, and Viewing Room)

no hot food

 

Your assistance in keeping our libraries in great condition for all users is much appreciated! Report any problems to staff on duty in person or by email  –
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk; Medical Library: medill@abdn.ac.uk;  Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

PC availability app

InfoLinks

Did you know you that there is a web app with live updates that you can check in order to locate a free PC on campus?

You can also get to this webpage through the Classroom PCs folder within the Toolkit or, via this path:

  • Go to the
    For Students webpage (Students’ Infohub: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/)
  • Choose the
    Find a free PC link under the Quick Links list on the right-hand side

EleniPapadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

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Printing single-sided

Did you know that you can determine whether your document will be printed double or single-sided? Printers are set to print double-sided but this can be changed before you send your document to print. No changes can be made once it has been sent to the printer. Read our post and find out how!  

Word documents

When you are ready to print:

  1. Open your document and click on the FILE tab at the top left hand side of the screen
  2. Choose Print. This will bring up the printing menu
  3. Make sure to choose  BW-pull-pcl on class–print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk, or COLOUR-pull-pcl on class -print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk
  4. In Settings, click the drop down arrow in Print on Both Sides to get the option: Print One Sided. Choose the desired option and then send off your work to print by clicking on the large ‘Print’ icon

You also have options for defining the size, orientation and margins of your document, as well as the number of pages per sheet.

Printing menu

PDF documents 

If you are working on a network computer, BW or COLOUR-pull will be the default printer destination.

If you are viewing a book in an e-book collection and wish to print a chapter from it, click on View PDF to open the file and once the document has downloaded, click on the printer icon at the top right of the screen. Depending on the browser, you will see an options window like the one below: 

Set your printing preferences by clicking the down arrow in the More settings menu.

  • Please note that we have different copyright permissions with different publishers regarding printing and downloading
  • For information on how to set up your laptop to the wireless printing network, click here

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk 

How is the building arranged?

New in the library? Read on for a whistle-stop tour of all floors in The Sir Duncan Rice Library!

Lower Ground Floor
Special Collections Centre: home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts and archives. Facilities and services in Special Collections include the Glucksman Conservation Centre, a listening room, a microfilm room and lockers.

Ground Floor
Here you will find the Welcome Desk, the Returns Room, the Hardback Café, a short-stay PC area and the self-registration and public information PCs. Don’t forget to visit the Gallery and check out the Canaletto exhibition between January 21 and February 22.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is home to about 400,000 books and hundreds of journal titles in paper format. Students & staff at the University of Aberdeen also have access to over 200,000 e-books, 20,000 e-journals and 200 databases.

Subjects and collections are distributed as follows in The Sir Duncan Rice Library:
(Numbers in brackets indicate the location of items on shelves)

Floor 1

Information Centre, IT service desk, Heavy Demand, maps, DVDs and current newspapers collections

Floor 2

Print journals collection

Floor 3

History (900)
Geography (910)
Biography and Genealogy (920)
Archaeology (930)

Floor 4

Art (700)
Architecture (720)
Music (780)
Film (790)
Literature (800)

Floor 5

Language (400)
Linguistics (410)
Languages (420-490)
Science (500)
Mathematics (510)
Physics (530)
Chemistry (540)
Earth Sciences & Geology (550)
Life Sciences & Biology (570)
Botany (580)
Zoology (590)
Technology (600)
Engineering (620)
Management (650)

History and Philosophy of Science (Sc prefix)

Floor 6

Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology (300)
Politics & International Relations (320)
Economics (330)
Education (370)

Floor 7

Computer Science (000)
Philosophy (100)
Psychology (150)
Religion (200)

On every floor beside the MFDs, there are notice boards with detailed shelfmark information 

Other useful information regarding study spaces and help & services available:

  • PC classrooms: Floor 2 (but more PCs throughout the library)
  • Silent study rooms and co-labs: Floors 3-6
  • Group study rooms: Floor 1 & 7
  • Group study pods: Floor 1
  • Assistive technology booths: Floors 1 & 4
  • Reader carrel: Floor 3
  • Information Points (for help with subject-related inquiries): Floors 3-6
  • Self-issue machines and MFDs (printers): Floors 1-7 (no self-issue machine on Floor 2)
  • Teaching Resources Collection: Floor 6
  • Music Resources room: Floor 1
  • Toilets and water fountains can be found on all floors
  • First Aid room: Floor 1

 

Useful guide to the library:
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/documents/uploads/introductiontothelibrary.pdf

Library induction (video):
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/services/library/

 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Improvements coming – power being installed in more Silent Study Rooms during Easter break

During the Easter break we will be installing power and USB sockets into three Silent Study Rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library which currently have no such sockets. There will, therefore, be no access to the West Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5 between now and Friday April 13.

In the meantime, please feel free to use the other Silent Study Rooms still available on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The rooms on floors 1 and 6 do not permit the use of any electrical devices within them.

Once the work is finished we’ll have 60 additional desks across 3 further silent study rooms to better support access to online materials. Especially useful for the upcoming exams.

Apologies for the noise and for any inconvenience caused while this useful work is carried out.

Exam revision in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – Silent Study Rooms

Exam time is almost upon us and we are aware that everyone has their own preferred methods to study. We aim to provide somewhere for everyone, whatever their choice, so once again we are changing the use of our Silent Study rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library during revision week and for the whole of the exam period.

Beginning on November 20 and running until December 15, electronic devices may be used in all of our Silent Study rooms on Floors 1, 3, 4 and 5. This temporary change is due to more people using the library at this time, and this adjustment is the best way to accommodate as many people as possible during this important point in the academic year.

However, silence still reigns in room 624 on Floor 6 where there will continue to be strictly silent study with no laptops, tablets or any other electronic devices allowed.

Good luck in your exams!