University of Aberdeen Libraries closing at 10pm tonight

Due to the adverse weather conditions the University of Aberdeen Libraries will all close at 10pm tonight. This is the usual closing time for the Medical and Taylor libraries, with The Sir Duncan Rice Library closing two hours earlier than normal. This is necessary to ensure that students and staff can travel home safely through the difficult weather and road conditions.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



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The Library Service will soon be holding a sale of books that have been withdrawn from library stock.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.

book sale at sir duncan rice library


The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week from Monday February 12 until Sunday February 18.

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.

RefWorks and ProQuest Databases – service interruptions this weekend

During this weekend ProQuest will be undertaking product maintenance to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of their products. This vital work will mean that ProQuest databases and RefWorks will not be available for a limited time during the morning of Sunday January 28, if you are based in the UK.

United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, 28 January, 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 28 January, 11:00 a.m.

If you are based elsewhere in the world you can check here to see when the maintenance will occur in your region.

While the date and time were chosen to minimize impact ProQuest realize that some users may be affected, and apologise for the inconvenience.

Come and learn about the Library on a tour

New student? Current student who has just realised that it would be useful to find out more about library and information services? Come along to a tour and discover what is available to you from The Sir Duncan Rice Library and beyond….

WHEN: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 10.00 and 14.00

WHERE: Welcome Desk on ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

WHAT: Short tour of the library lasting around 30 minutes, introducing you to the building, services and facilities, to help you make the most of the resources available to you from the library.

No booking necessary – just come along on the day and time that suits you best.

Need help with maths before the exams? Come to a drop-in session at 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 this week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on December 2.

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 question(s).

Dr Richards will be available at the following times.

  • Wednesday 29 November, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Thursday 30 November, 12.00 – 14.00
  • Friday 1 December, 12.00 – 14.00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions:

RefWorks currently unavailable – October 30

RefWorks, the reference management software, is currently down and unavailable. This interruption to the service is not restricted to the University of Aberdeen and is being experienced by many universities.

There may also be issues with using some other ProQuest resources. We are monitoring this just now.

We will make an announcement once we know anymore about these issues. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.