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

In the lead up to the 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 17, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 13, 2019.

Please note that there will only be swipe card access after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.

Also, in the run up to and during the exams Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be designated as a Silent Study Area across the whole floor. Please see our separate blog post for further details on this.

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

  • 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 the Library.
  2. Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre.  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

Talks: Friends of Aberdeen University Library Events for 2019/20

The Friends of Aberdeen University Library will be hosting a series of fascinating talks across the coming academic year on a variety of topics relating to our collections or those of other Libraries. The Friends are a charity founded in 1962 to support the work of the Library and to help promote the rich collections we have at the University of Aberdeen.

The full programme of talks can be seen below, with the first event taking place in just over one week’s time. All of the talks are free and open to all.

The mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library solved?

7 October 2019, 19.30 – 20.30

Join Dr William Zachs as he discusses the mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library in this evening lecture.

The recent recovery of a substantial part of the private library of the creator of Sherlock Holmes presents an opportunity to understand Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his world in new and unexpected ways. The collection includes special annotated copies of his own books – not least the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Among the volumes are source books for the detective stories which have endlessly captured the imagination of the world. No less central to this collection are over one hundred presentation copies from such authors as H. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie and others which reveal Conan Doyle’s extensive literary, political, medical and social networks. The annotated copies of the writings or other Scottish authors – Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson in particular – further uncover dimensions of Conan Doyle’s literary influences and networks. 

Guest Speaker: Dr William Zachs, University of Edinburgh

Venue: The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Craig Suite, Floor 7

Booking available via Eventbrite

Duels, rebellions and slave children: Aberdonians in the Ceded Island

24 October 2019, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Désha Osborne as she discusses Aberdonians in the Ceded Islands in this evening lecture.  

Guest Speaker: Dr Désha Osborne, Hunter College, City University of New York

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

From sea creatures to Arctic flora: Scottish and Arctic narrative from the North of the world

7 February 2020, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Monica German as she discusses Scottish and Arctic narrative in this evening lecture.

Guest Speaker: Dr Monica German, University of Westminster

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Friends of Aberdeen University Library AGM, followed at 6.30pm by a talk:

Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland

16 April 2020, 18.00 – 19.30

Join Dr Eilish Gregory as she discusses Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland and the impact of the historic Act of Union in 1707.

The talk will begin at 6.30pm, before this the Friends of Aberdeen University Library Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm, all are welcome to attend.

Guest Speaker: Dr Eilish Gregory

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Contact: e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Power issues in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Floors 5 and 6

An electrical fault has meant that some areas of Floors 5 and 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library are currently without power. This has meant, also, that the toilets on those floors have been placed out of order.

This fault has been reported and colleagues from Estates are working to restore power as soon as is possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this.

The Library looks forward to welcoming new and returning students next week

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

This coming Monday and Tuesday we will be showing hundreds of new students around The Sir Duncan Rice Library on the Library & IT Essentials Talk and Tour. This very popular event within the University of Aberdeen’s Welcome Week is fully booked. We will be running more tours on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week, for which there is no need to book. More details on these additional tours will be publicised soon but all new students are very welcome to come in and have a look around the stunning building anytime we are open.

Potential noise disruption in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week

The Library are installing new Self Service machines within the Sir Duncan Rice Library this week and this may cause some short disturbance to visitors.

This work will happen between Monday August 5 and Friday August 9.

This is vital work to upgrade the machines that allow users to borrow books from the Library. There may be some drilling while this happens. This work will be taking place across most floors of the building, at different times throughout the week.

If you are unable to find a machine to borrow books you can take the items to staff on Floor 1 of the building.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this but have timed this important work during the summer holidays to minimise the disturbance to our users.

Use Jisc Library Hub Discover to search all UK University and National Libraries at once

We announced earlier this summer that the popular COPAC and SUNCAT services from Jisc would be changing from July 31 when a new single service, Jisc Library Hub Discover, would launched to replace and improve upon their services. That change has now taken place and the new service is available.

COPAC provided a single point of access to the catalogues of over 100 UK National, University and specialist research libraries, while SUNCAT focused upon the serial or journal holdings of these institutions. Jisc Library Hub Discover will bring these two services together on one platform, allowing researchers to access a more complete view of the UK and Irish academic, national and special library collections than has previously been available. This change will simplify and reduce the time spent searching across the rich collections held across the UK and Ireland.

For more information see the detailed FAQ page available on the new site.