International Open Access Week 2017 – 23rd to the 29th of October

Near the end of October the University of Aberdeen will be taking part in International Open Access Week. Open Access can help to raise the visibility of research, encourage new collaborations and enable global participation in research. Open access frees research from paywalls and subscription fees and helps it reach millions of people across the globe. Open access brings research to students, Industry partners, charities, public health practitioners and secondary education institutions; it helps to share knowledge and develop the researchers of tomorrow.

Between the 23rd and the 29th of October, join colleagues across the globe to celebrate your research.  Throughout Open Access Week we will aim to highlight some of the key issues, answer your questions, and bust some myths around open access.

If you have any questions about open access please email them to or visit





PhD researchers – Information Skills Workshops now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue, their in-depth research with a 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.

These workshops will begin at the end of October 2017 and run over the next three weeks. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit and look for Library Information Skills classes.

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

Feedback from those who have previously attended these sessions have been positive and they highlight how after attending they felt better equipped to find and manage the materials required for research. One quote from a previous attendee nicely sums up what we are aiming for with these sessions:

“I will definitely be searching smarter than before”

Our aim is that after you attend you will also leave feeling this way.

*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.

Book Sale cancelled

book sale cancelled

The book sale which was due to take place next week in The Sir Duncan Rice Library has had to be cancelled.

We are sorry about that but staff shortages have meant that we will be rescheduling the sale for a later date. We will make an announcement of when this will happen nearer the time, so that you are able to come and get some amazing bargains from withdrawn or duplicate stock.

Book Sale coming soon at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The Library Service will soon be holding a sale of books that have been withdrawn from library stock. These are books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required.

The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week from Monday October 9 until Sunday October 15.

The sale will not start until 9 a.m. each day, once staff begin work at the Information Centre on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You will not be able to purchase any books before 9 a.m.

The cost of the books will be:

  • Hardback – 50 pence
  • Paperback – 25 pence

There will be books available from across a whole range of subjects, and at those prices it is certainly worth coming and having a look to see what bargains you may be able to get.

Macmillan Coffee Morning in Sir Duncan Rice Library – September 29

Come along to the Sir Duncan Rice Library on Friday September 29 to be part of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Library staff will be busy baking next week to offer hungry students and visitors the chance to eat cake AND raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

The coffee morning will be on the ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library between 10am and 12 noon. We hope to see you there with your pennies ready.





The Print Shop has moved

The Print Shop which was located on the ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library has now been moved to elsewhere on campus. It is now located at 23 St Machar Drive, only a short walk from the library.

See below for directions to the Print Shop’s new home.