Did you know…? – Tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Did you know that we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next week? These will be 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.

Library tours

From Monday the 16th of September until Friday the 20th of September, 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 and they will last 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. ​​

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

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Did you know…? – Tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Did you know that we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next 2 weeks? These will be 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.

From Monday the 9th of September until Friday the 20th of September, 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 and they will last 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. ​​

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

Borrowing Library Books – how many and for how long? Including Using Self-Issue Machines

Are you unsure about how many books you can borrow from our Libraries at any one time? Are you a little confused about how long you can keep them to study, use for research, or read for pleasure? Please read on to learn more about borrowing from the hundreds of thousands of high-quality books available on our miles and miles of Library shelves. 

How many books can I borrow? 

The table below shows you how many books you are able to borrow from our Libraries at any one time, depending on the type of Library Account you have. 

 Type of Library Account   Number of books you can borrow 
 Undergraduate Student   20 
 Taught Postgraduate Student   20 
 Research Postgraduate Student   30 
 University Staff   50 
 NHS Grampian Staff   10 
 External Members   10 
 SCONUL Access Students   5 

 

How long can I borrow the books for? 

The hundreds of thousands of books available in all of our Libraries can be borrowed for different lengths of time, depending on how much they are expected to be used for teaching or research. The tables below explain the different loan types available and how you can easily identify them on the shelves.  

Heavy Demand 

How can I tell if a book is Heavy Demand?  

There will be Blue tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books are core reading materials across all courses and therefore have the shortest loan periods in our collection. 

How long for?  Can I renew the Loan?  Fines, if late back? 
1 day, due back 10.30am the next day – or Monday if borrowed on a Friday or over the weekend. 

If borrowing before 10.30am please check the due date and time carefully – if the item is booked it will be due back at 10.30am that day. Check the screen and your receipt for the due date and time.  

A few items are on 3 hour reference. You may borrow the item using the self service kiosks in Heavy Demand but must return it within 3 hours. 

No phone renewals are allowed.  

Renewals must be done in person, with the item present.  

This is because items must be returned by a specific time during the day and very often the item has already been reserved for another reader.  

   

Please note: there is a steep scale of fines for late returns of Heavy Demand books!  

75 pence per hour if returned after 10.30am  

The fine increases hourly every hour the library is open 

  

Three Day Loan

How can I tell if a book is Three Day Loan?

There will be yellow tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books have been recommended for reading on different courses.

How Long for?

Return within 3 days, weekends included e.g. borrowed Wednesday, due back on Saturday. Holds may be placed to reserve these.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader.

You can renew 4 Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Fines, if late back?

£1.00 per day for recalled items.

See also Annual Return of books in May. Contact library staff for details.

Four Week Loan

How can I tell if a book is Four Week Loan?

There will be white tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark.

How Long for? 

Four weeks from date of borrowing, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays.

If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed unless recalled or on hold by another reader.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader (Aberdeen University students and staff).

You can renew 4 Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Fines, if late back?

20p per day, for items that have not been requested by another reader. Overdue recalled or on hold 4 Week Loan items are fined at the normal £1 per day rate.

Long Loan

How can I tell if a book is Long Loan?

There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark.

How long for?

Until the end of the Summer term, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays. If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Recalled items cannot be renewed. Before the annual return of books in May items can be renewed via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

Fines, if late back?

£1.00 per day for recalled items. See also Annual Return of books in May. Contact library staff for details.

 

24-hour Restricted Loan 

How can I tell if a book is 24-hour Restricted Loan ?

There will be a 24 Hour Loan label on the first page of the book. There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark. Very few books have 24 hour loan periods.

How long for?

Return within 24 hours from the time of issue, weekends included, e.g. issued 4.45pm Tuesday, due back by 4.45pm Wednesday.

Can I renew the loan?

Restricted loans may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

You can renew 24-Hour Loan items on loan to yourself via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

Fines, if late back?

50p for the first hour overdue. 5p per hour thereafter for every hour the Library is open.

Self Issue Machines and PINs

Set up your PIN now to access the self-check machines in our libraries! 

self issue machine

Did you know that there is an automated system for issuing and returning books in both the Sir Duncan Rice and the Taylor (Law) libraries? 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 (Sir Duncan Rice, Taylor (Law), 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! 

Happy borrowing!

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk; Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk; Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Welcome to the Library Service

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As the new academic year begins and the campuses fill with new and returning students, Library staff would like to wish everyone all the very best for the coming year at the University of Aberdeen.

Read on to learn (or remind yourself) of some of the ways in which the Library is here to help you.

Library Tours

Library tours

Following on from our already fully booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 2 and 3, we will be running additional short tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library starting on Wednesday September 4 and running until Friday September 20 for all students, new and old.

Come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm, there is no need to book. 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.

Speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

Locating Library Resources

You can search Primo, to find out what materials the Library has on the shelves and online. Primo is the first place to begin any searching you may be doing for books, ebooks, journal articles or any of the other high-quality resources available to you. Also, be sure to check out our Primo Library Guide, as well as our short videos on using Primo

Getting help in our libraries 

Library staff are here to help you locate the materials you need or answer any questions you may have about our service.

Staff are available Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00, in each of our three libraries to help in person. There is a reduced service at all three sites outwith these hours, but staff are still available to help.

For general enquiries within The Sir Duncan Rice Library about our services please speak with staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1.

For more subject-specific assistance in The Sir Duncan Rice Library you will find staff with knowledge of the collections on Floors 4-6. They will either be based at the clearly marked Information Points, or they will be available to help in the Enquiry Offices which are located right beside them. More details on staff help available here.

The Taylor Library and the Medical Library also have very knowledgeable staff happy to field any enquiries you may have about their collections. Please come and speak to them.

We are here to help you find the library materials you need throughout your time here at the University of Aberdeen and are ready and waiting for your questions. And don’t ever be embarrassed to ask us a question because you think it might be a silly question. There are no silly questions, only questions, and we love to hear them all.

Remember to visit our website, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as keep up to date with any Library news on this blog.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

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

Welcome information: ID cards

Your ID card is your Library card

All registered students and staff of the University of Aberdeen are entitled to free membership of the Library. Details of borrowing entitlements can be found here.

Students are automatically made members of the Library when they register with the university. Your ID card is also your Library card. Remember to bring it with you every time you wish to access the Library or borrow material.

Self-service kiosks for borrowing material can be found on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, in the Heavy Demand area on Floor 1 and on Floors 4 & 6. In Taylor and Medical libraries, take the items you wish to borrow to the nearest Issue Desk together with your ID card.

We will soon publish another post with details on borrowing.

ID card pick-up locations 

-New students who are staying in University accommodation: you will get your ID card when you pick up your accommodation keys. If your card is not with your keys, then you will need to collect it separately from the Infohub stall in the GP Hall at Hillhead on Saturday 31st Aug or Sunday 1st Sept between 09:30 and 16:30.

If your card isn’t ready, it could be because your photo wasn’t approved in time, was rejected or has not been uploaded yet. There will be photo upload and ID card printing facilities on site at Hillhead so ID cards will be produced on the day where needed. If you are arriving after move-in weekend and your card is not with your keys, then you will need to collect your ID card from Elphinstone Hall.

-All other new students can pick up their cards from Elphinstone Hall between 2nd Sept and 20th Sept. After this date, students should go to Infohub at 91 High Street.
There will be photo upload and ID card printing facilities on site in Elphinstone and student ambassadors on hand to produce ID cards on the day where needed. The full layout for registration services can be seen here.

-PhD students: ID card pick-up is the same for Postgraduate Research students, however, PGRs will need to visit Infohub after picking up their card so that their curriculum can be made live.

-If students need to complete a Visa check, they should do this after collecting their card in order to complete registration. Visa checks can be done at the Immigration team desk in Elphinstone Hall or at Infohub.

-Distance learners can request for their ID card to be printed and sent out by emailing infohub@abdn.ac.uk from their university email account. Make sure to include: full name, student ID number and full address including postcode.

Problems with cards

If a student card is not working then a new one can be printed almost instantly at Infohub depending on the reason. Any card that is reprinted will always take overnight to activate and there is no way to speed this up.

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If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to come and speak to a member of Library staff.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library
Bedford Road
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3AA

Tel: 0044 (0) 1224 273330
Email: library@abdn.ac.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/biblio.teque
Twitter: @aberdeenunilib

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Many thanks to staff at Infohub for all the information they have provided!

 

Did you know…? – The Teaching Resource Collection

TRC Roald Dahl

Did you know about the Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) on Floor 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library? The collection contains resources for our Education students to use for preparation and whilst on teaching placements.

There is a wide selection of resources including children’s books, school textbooks, kits, posters, big books and DVDs. Favourites, among many others, include the Gruffalo storysack, the Magnetism compendium kit and books by Roald Dahl.

Group discussion is allowed in this room and there are 3 small group tables. No need to book!

If you would like any help using the TRC, please ask Floor 6 staff (currently Jenna, Elaine and our Information Consultant for Education, Claire Molloy).

For further information on finding teaching resources, check out our guide: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/ugedu005.pdf.

For more useful library tips, keep an eye out for our Did You Know…? blog posts next week.

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