Exam Revision: 24 hour opening at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

In the lead up to and during 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 April 22, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 18, 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

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Exam Revision: finding silent study spaces in our libraries

Across our three libraries our silent study rooms are popular places to study, and they prove even more popular as the exams approach. See below for help in locating these silent study spaces at this important time, and remember that you can speak with library staff if you are being disturbed by others while you study.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

There are a range of study spaces across this library, including silent ones. Many of our silent study spaces have recently had power sockets and USB charging points installed, meaning that you can now study in silence and still use your laptops and other electronic devices. We still ask that you do not eat in any of the silent rooms as that can be a great distraction to others. For full details of our silent study spaces see below:

  • Floor 1 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Room 124. No power sockets. Forty two study spaces.
  • Floor 3, 4 and 5 – south east corner (overlooking Meston Building). Rooms 312, 412 and 512. Power sockets on each study desk. Twenty study spaces per room.
  • Floor 3, 4 and 5 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Rooms 324, 424 and 524. Power sockets and USB charging points assigned to each study desk. Twenty study spaces per room.
  • Floor 6 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Room 624. No power sockets. Twenty study spaces. This space is designated a “no devices” location throughout the year to support those who wish to study in this way.

Medical Library

The whole top floor of the Medical Library is designated as silent study space. You are permitted to use laptops and other electronic devices in that area.

Taylor Library

You will find the silent study areas within the Taylor Library in the D Block sections. There are silent areas on both floors of D Block, with different rules around laptop use in different areas. Each desk is clearly marked, to let you know whether or not you can use latops or other electronic devices.

Good luck to everyone with their exams!

Scopus and ScienceDirect currently experiencing access issues from off-campus

It is not currently possible to access Scopus or ScienceDirect from off-campus in the usual way, using Shibboleth login. It is still possible, though, to access these two online resources via our VDI. You can find information on using the VDI in the Learners’ Toolkit.

Unfortunately, personalisation features in these databases are also not working correctly, whether you are on-campus or off-campus.

This intermittent access issue is also being experienced by other Universities. Scopus and ScienceDirect are currently investigating this and hope to resolve the problem soon. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while this is being rectified.

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.

Free Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between February 20 and March 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.

Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for assignments and exams!

To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Library Information Skills courses.

Summer Opening Hours for the Library

As summertime is upon us and exams are now over, the Library is now operating on its summer schedule. Opening hours for The Sir Duncan Rice Library are as follows:

The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Summer Vacation  

Monday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 – 20:00
Thursday 08:30 – 20:00
Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday Closed

The Taylor Library is open from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and closed at weekends.

For those of you who still require longer hours to study, the Medical Library up at the Foresterhill campus is only a short walk from Old Aberdeen and is open until 10pm every night except Fridays and is also open on Sundays:

Medical Library – Term and Vacations  

Monday 09:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 22:00
Thursday 09:00 – 22:00
Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
Sunday 13:00 – 22:00

Please note that all Library sites will be closed on Monday 11th of July for Summer Holiday Monday.

Normal term hours for all sites will resume at the start of the 2016/17 academic year. Term begins on Monday 5th September 2016.

Happy holidays from all at the Library!

‘Ask A Librarian’ chat service currently unavailable

chatboxWe are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our live chat help service. Users trying to access the service via the library homepage will see a message explaining that we are offline. Efforts are underway with the service provider to fix the problem and we hope to resume normal operation as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, if you are on campus then please feel free to speak to our friendly library staff in person if you have any queries or need some help. Alternatively, you can contact the library via email: library@abdn.ac.uk