Exam Papers Database available to help with revision

With just over one week until the start of the next exam period, for the majority of students, we would like to help you prepare for them by reminding you about the large online collection of past exam papers which the library manages.

There are well over 3000 past exam papers available in Word or PDF format in our searchable database, covering undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses from across the University’s three Colleges. You can either search for specific courses or browse your way towards those past papers you need. You will need to enter your University username and password to access the exam papers.

Exam papers can be accessed either through Primo or directly via the DigiTool Exam Paper Database

We do not have every past exam paper available there, so if you can’t find an exam paper for a particular course you will need to check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide you with copies of past exams.

There is a guide to accessing the exam papers available here and a further guide to DigiTool available here.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any other resources you may need while preparing for your exams. If you have any questions please just ask a member of library staff. Good luck with your exams!


24/7 opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

24 7 exam openingIn the lead up to the fast approaching exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this happens and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday November 18, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 14, 2018.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in designated areas of the Library (everywhere except the silent study areas, study rooms, project rooms and areas with equipment).
  2. Cold food can be consumed in the same locations – but not if it is has a strong smell or is noisy! (remember – no hot food allowed).
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

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.

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.​​

Primo – current issues with accessing your Library Account information

It is not possible at the moment to log in to your account on Primo, but there are no restrictions on searching it to find out about the Library’s physical and online collections. Unfortunately, this means it is not currently possible to check you account or save items to your e-shelf.It is still possible, though, to check your account details via the older Library Catalogue platform.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this while IT Services investigate the issue.

Primo unavailable today but you can still search our collections

Primo, the library search engine, will be unavailable on Tuesday July 24.  This is so that IT Services can transfer Primo to a new server. It is expected that Primo will be available on Wednesday July 25 for searching and reference only, with no access to your library account. Full service will be restored later in the working week..

During this period it will still be possible to access our individual library catalogues to search our collections. Please see the Search Our Collections web page to access the catalogues. You can access your library account from the old library catalogue interface.

This time frame has been chosen to try to minimise the impact on library users, but it cannot be avoided. We apologise for any inconvenience this vital work may cause.