Bookable Group Study Spaces in our Libraries

Did you know that there are bookable group study spaces across all three of our libraries?

There are three Group Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library.  

Floor 7: Two rooms on the West side of Floor 7 (turn right out of the lifts). Each has a PC and plasma screen and can accommodate up to 8. Remember to collect the key at the Floor 1 Information Centre before going upstairs! 

Floor 1: One basic room with a large table and chairs but no screen, which can accommodate up to 12. It is near the SE corner of Floor 1 (turn left out of the lifts and head across the floor).  

How to book: 

Bookings are for 1-hour slots and each group can book up to 2 hours per day.  

6 Group Study Pods/Desks

These new spaces in The Sir Duncan Rice Library are in a large room in the SW corner of Floor 1 (turn right out of the lifts and go past the Heavy Demand section).  

group study pods

Book your slot online here: www.abdn.ac.uk/studenthub/login. You can book for up to 2 hours per day.  

Each of these spaces has a plasma screen, power sockets and USB charging points. As there’s no in-built PC, you’ll need to connect one of your devices to the screen using the cables provided.  

Taylor and Medical Libraries

There are also bookable group study spaces in these two libraries. Please speak with staff at their issue desks for details on booking these spaces.

 

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

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How do I return books?

Did you know the quickest and easiest way to return library books is at the Returns Room through the self-return machines? You will find the Returns Room on the Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.  

 

It’s as simple as placing the books through the slot one by one. As soon as they have passed through they are removed from your borrowing record. 

You will also find an external slot on the right-hand side of the entrance to the Library. This means that you can return your library books anytime – 24/7! 

Don’t forget to take your receipt as proof of your returned items.  

Forgotten your student card? Don’t worry! You don’t need your student card to return books.  

Heavy Demand books can be returned in the Heavy Demand Area on Floor 1 (using the self-issue/returns machine) or at the Returns Room.  

You will find a video tutorial on how to use the self-return machine on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcoZduPANjc&feature=youtu.be  

 

Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

Heavy Demand collection

Heavy Demand Books – a Quick Guide 

So, you’ve found a book on Primo that you need to borrow and it’s in Heavy Demand. Here are some helpful hints about borrowing Heavy Demand books to get you started! 

The Heavy Demand Collection is located on the first floor next to the Information Centre desk.  

Heavy Demand books can be borrowed at any time and are always due back the following day at 10.30am (or on Monday if borrowed on Friday/Saturday), other than those in the 3-Hour Reference section. 

You can borrow up to 2 items at a time and are welcome to place bookings on copies up to 21 days in advance through Primo. Just remember to collect your reservation by 3.30pm, or your booking will lapse. 

Don’t forget! With high demand comes high fine rates – make sure to return your Heavy Demand books on time to avoid the 75p hourly fine per item.  

In the Heavy Demand area you can use the self-service kiosks to pay fines, borrow and return books all in one place! Always check your receipt when borrowing before 10.30am, as pre-booked items may be due back the same day.  

Our DVD collection is also located here – these are mainly 3-day loans although a small number are Heavy Demand.  

Any questions? Library staff are always happy to help! 

Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

Set your PIN to borrow books with our self-issue machines

Set up your PIN now to access and use the self-issue machines in our libraries.

self-issue machine

Did you know that there is an automated system for issuing and returning books in The Sir Duncan Rice Library? There is also a self-issue machine in the Taylor (Law) Library. Once you have set up your PIN you will be able to use your student ID card and issue books to your library account without requiring the assistance of a staff member! 

 

How to set up your PIN: 

You can either follow the instructions and the link sent to you by email shortly after you’ve registered, or you can visit any of our libraries (The Sir Duncan Rice, Taylor or Medical) and ask a member of staff to do that for you at one of the Information Points or Help Desks – don’t worry, it only takes a few seconds! 

Check here for opening hours and borrowing entitlement. 

Happy borrowing! 

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk 

How is the building arranged?

New in the library? Read on for a whistle-stop tour of all floors in The Sir Duncan Rice Library!

Lower Ground Floor
Special Collections Centre: home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts and archives. Facilities and services in Special Collections include the Glucksman Conservation Centre, a listening room, a microfilm room and lockers.

Ground Floor
Here you will find the Welcome Desk, the Returns Room, the Hardback Café, a short-stay PC area and the self-registration and public information PCs. Don’t forget to visit the Gallery and check out the Canaletto exhibition between January 21 and February 22.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is home to about 400,000 books and hundreds of journal titles in paper format. Students & staff at the University of Aberdeen also have access to over 200,000 e-books, 20,000 e-journals and 200 databases.

Subjects and collections are distributed as follows in The Sir Duncan Rice Library:
(Numbers in brackets indicate the location of items on shelves)

Floor 1

Information Centre, IT service desk, Heavy Demand, maps, DVDs and current newspapers collections

Floor 2

Print journals collection

Floor 3

History (900)
Geography (910)
Biography and Genealogy (920)
Archaeology (930)

Floor 4

Art (700)
Architecture (720)
Music (780)
Film (790)
Literature (800)

Floor 5

Language (400)
Linguistics (410)
Languages (420-490)
Science (500)
Mathematics (510)
Physics (530)
Chemistry (540)
Earth Sciences & Geology (550)
Life Sciences & Biology (570)
Botany (580)
Zoology (590)
Technology (600)
Engineering (620)
Management (650)

History and Philosophy of Science (Sc prefix)

Floor 6

Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology (300)
Politics & International Relations (320)
Economics (330)
Education (370)

Floor 7

Computer Science (000)
Philosophy (100)
Psychology (150)
Religion (200)

On every floor beside the MFDs, there are notice boards with detailed shelfmark information 

Other useful information regarding study spaces and help & services available:

  • PC classrooms: Floor 2 (but more PCs throughout the library)
  • Silent study rooms and co-labs: Floors 3-6
  • Group study rooms: Floor 1 & 7
  • Group study pods: Floor 1
  • Assistive technology booths: Floors 1 & 4
  • Reader carrel: Floor 3
  • Information Points (for help with subject-related inquiries): Floors 3-6
  • Self-issue machines and MFDs (printers): Floors 1-7 (no self-issue machine on Floor 2)
  • Teaching Resources Collection: Floor 6
  • Music Resources room: Floor 1
  • Toilets and water fountains can be found on all floors
  • First Aid room: Floor 1

 

Useful guide to the library:
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/documents/uploads/introductiontothelibrary.pdf

Library induction (video):
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/services/library/

 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

Term Time Opening Hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

opening hours (mw)

Welcome and Happy New Year to our new students!

 
Monday 08.00 – 00.00
Tuesday 08.00 – 00.00
Wednesday 08.00 – 00.00
Thursday 08.00 – 00.00
Friday 08.00 – 00.00
Saturday 09.00 – 22.00
Sunday 11.00 – 00.00

 

The Information Centre, located on Floor 1, is staffed from 09.00 to 22.00, except Sunday when the library opens at 11.00.

During the Exam period the library is open 24/7.

If you need a break from studying the Hardback Café is located on the Ground Floor.  Find their opening hours by following the link: – www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/working-here/food-drink-and-retail-440.php

Special Collections Centre is situated on the lower ground floor.  Find their opening hours by following the link: – www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/about/contact-us-110.php

Mhorag Watson, mhorag.watson@abdn.ac.uk