Exam revision in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – Silent Study Rooms

Exam time is almost upon us and we are aware that everyone has their own preferred methods to study. We aim to provide somewhere for everyone, whatever their choice, so once again we are changing the use of our Silent Study rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library during revision week and for the whole of the exam period.

Beginning on November 20 and running until December 15, electronic devices may be used in all of our Silent Study rooms on Floors 1, 3, 4 and 5. This temporary change is due to more people using the library at this time, and this adjustment is the best way to accommodate as many people as possible during this important point in the academic year.

However, silence still reigns in room 624 on Floor 6 where there will continue to be strictly silent study with no laptops, tablets or any other electronic devices allowed.

Good luck in your exams!

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Changes to Silent Study rooms during exams

It’s that time again when The Sir Duncan Rice Library is really busy. We know that everyone has their own favourite way to study, and for many of you this means using a laptop or tablet.

During this busy exam period, starting from revision week Monday 25th April electronic devices may be used in all except one of the Strictly Silent areas. If you prefer a “no electronic device” area then head for Room 624 on Floor 6 (south west corner of the building).

Some of you may remember our pilot run of using the silent study rooms for extra study space with electronic devices in December last year. It was very successful with a high amount of students using the rooms. We would like to offer this again for the busy exam period.

Please speak with library staff on the floors if there are any difficulties. Good luck with your exams…

Alison & Vivien (Subject & Enquiry team)

Finding the perfect spot for revision in The Sir Duncan Rice Library as exams approach

With exams for the majority of students here at the University of Aberdeen due to begin at the end of this month we thought it would be timely to remind you of the range of different types of study spaces available to you in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, as everyone likes to study in different ways and this library certainly offers spaces to accommodate all types of revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library has been designed with the needs of 21st century learners in mind, with lots of different sorts of space for the activities that visitors told us they needed most. Essentially the design of the building locates more social areas close to the atrium, so as a useful rule of thumb, the further you are from the hole in the middle, the more we encourage quiet.

So where’s best for you?

Silent study

Our building is not a traditional, completely silent library. It’s built for collaborations and conversations to reflect more modern education needs, but also provides for traditionalists who like to hear themselves think in peace in old-school classic study style. We have silent study rooms on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

There are two types of silent study space: one with spaces to plug in laptops and one without, so if your ideal space for revision is for no internet distractions or clicking of keyboards use these rooms. If you are in a silent study room with no plug sockets please do not use a laptop of tablet. See our web page on silent study rooms for more information.

Co-Labs

Spaces for collaborative study

Spaces for collaborative study

Need collaboration for inspiration? Then our co-labs could be the place for you. These are specifically designed for group and project work, such as presentations, with spaces for 4-7 people; useful for group revision and idea-sharing. These are especially recommended if you are a more multimedia learner, as they offer built-in information technology facilities to allow you to use a range of digital devices. Co-labs include a PC, a plasma screen for viewing DVDs or online content, and multiple ports for headphones so you can listen and learn with others. These spaces are partitioned, so offer a little privacy, but please do be mindful of noise levels to respect other visitors.

Group study rooms

For those of you who like to plan ahead and study with company, there are two bookable Group Study Rooms on Floor 7. These rooms have space for up to 8 people, and have a PC and plasma screen. To book a Group Study Room for 1-2 hours, speak with staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1. Find full details in our Group Study Room Library Guide.

All sorts of seats

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Comfortable soft seating is available on Floors 1 to 5. These areas are ideal for individual reading, personal laptop use, reading newspapers on Floor 1, and for short and quiet conversation.

Round Study Tables are near the lift/lobby area on Floors 3 to 6, and are intended for quiet conversation or collaborative work in pairs or small groups.

for quiet, individual study

for quiet, individual study

The study desks by the windows around each side of the building and on the open floor areas on Floors 1 to 7 are intended for quiet, individual study, perfect if you want to enjoy your own little study-bubble, with or without your headphones, and look out at the Silver City in stunning eagle-view panorama.

From all staff at the Library Service, we wish you the best of success with your studies and exams!

Need some help with Maths before the exams?

Dr Morgiane Richard of the Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions from 12.00 – 14.00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (Floor 5, Room 506) . No need to book, just drop in with your question[s].

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk

Where to find silence in our libraries for exam revision

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In this post we look at the different spaces available across all three sites (Sir Duncan Rice, Medical and Taylor) and remind students of the guidance we ask all visitors to follow concerning noise so that the libraries can operate as tranquil spaces for students to prepare for the imminent exams.

We ask all visitors of all our libraries to be considerate to all the other people also there, studying and focusing upon exam revision. Exams can be a time of stress so please think of your fellow students as you revise, and also while you move around the buildings. You may not be studying hard as you walk with friends out of the library, but remember that those people still sat in their seats are working and concentrating hard.

 

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

TSDRL was designed to create a library that would provide a range of spaces for different types of use, from completely silent to more informal group working areas. In general it gets quieter as you move up the floors, with floor 7 being the quietest, and it also noisiest nearest the lifts with it getting quieter as you move to the other side of the building

Here is a breakdown of the types of spaces available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the expectations on students using those spaces:

Silent study roomsThese can be found on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and are located on the opposite side of the building from the lifts. Some floors have two silent study rooms. If you find yourself in a silent study room and there are no electric sockets at the desks we ask that you do not take out your laptop in these rooms, as these are the completely silent rooms, where we provide spaces to students in which they will not hear the tapping of keyboards or the whirring of laptop fans.

Group study roomsThere are two of these rooms located on floor 7 and they are bookable by speaking with staff at the Information Centre on floor 1. They each contain a pc and a large monitor, which you can attach your own laptop to.

Co-LabsThese are group desks with large flat screen monitors connected to a PC, and are located on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6. These are group working areas but we ask that you keep any discussions quiet as it is still possible for noise to drift across the floor. If you expect to be making a bit more noise we ask that you book one of the group study rooms on floor 7.

Individual desks – These are for individual study and are located around the edge of the building (with the great views!). Please do not hold conversations with friends when using these desks so as not to disturb your neighbours.

Rectangular study desks – These are groups of desks located on all the floors. We ask again that you keep any conversations here short and quiet so as to not disturb others.

Round study desks – These are positioned nearest the lifts on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6. As this is the noisier side of the library it is accepted that you can talk here, but quietly.

Soft seats near to the atrium – These are located next to the atrium of the building on most floors, where some noise from the café on the ground floor can be heard. Not the quietest place in the building if you are looking for silence.

Food and drink – We ask that you bring no hot food into the library but cold (non-smelly) food is allowed, except in the silent study rooms where no food is permitted. Hot drinks are allowed as long as they are in covered containers to minimise spills. We also politely ask that you tidy up after yourself, placing any waste into the appropriate bins.

Further details on all the spaces available in TSDRL can be found here.

 

Medical Library

Different floors of the Medical Library have different noise requirements depending on the type of study you are undertaking and which type of environment you find suits you best.

Floor 3 (the top floor) is our silent area and is expected to be completely noise-free. laptops and hot drinks are permitted but no eating is allowed. If you want to get down to some serious exam revision but are easily distracted by others then this is probably the floor for you!

Floor 2 is a quite area, where quick low-volume conversations are allowed. You may also eat on this floor. If you need to have a proper lengthy discussion then please move downstairs to either floor 1 (the entry-level) or the ground floor where there are no noise restrictions. You may also consume food on these two floors.

Students of all subjects are welcome at the Medical Library, so even if you’re studying English, Geology or History of Art feel free to come and study here if you feel it’s more convenient for you!

Remember that the 9U bus service runs between the Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill campuses on a half-hourly basis for most of the day. The timetable for the bus can be found here.

The Medical Library opening times are:

Monday – Thursday 09.00-22.00

Friday                      09.00-22.00

Saturday                 09.00-22.00

Sunday                   13.00-22.00

 

Taylor Library

Taylor Library is in the Taylor Building on the Old Aberdeen Campus, situated between the Edward Wright Building and Elphinstone Hall. Entrance to the library is through C block, under the bridge. The library is L-shaped and has two floors.

Block D on Floor 1 is a silent area where hot drinks are allowed but no eating is permitted. On the same level as the entry gates (1st floor of the Taylor Building) walk across C block until you have almost reached the far end; turn left into D block.

After the spiral staircase no laptops and no other personal equipment (including tablets, iPhones etc.) are allowed. You can use your laptop in the first half of D block on floor 1.

 

Downstairs D block

 

Block D on Floor 2 is slightly different:

The first half up to the spiral staircase is a quiet study space where the following rules apply:

  • Laptops and personal equipment are allowed
  • Drinks and cold food are OK
  • Short, quiet conversations are OK

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The second half of D block on floor 2 is a silent zone. The rules are:

  • laptops and personal equipment are allowed but please don’t bring any food into this part of the library.
  • No conversations should be held here either.

 

Please remember that if you are being disturbed by others using the libraries please come and speak to library staff and we shall politely ask them to consider their fellow students.

And finally, staff at all of the libraries would like to wish all of our students the best of luck in all of their exams!

Busy library? Extra study (and café!) spaces

Additional quiet study space is available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library from today (Monday 1 December) through to Friday 19 December. The Floor 2 Seminar Room (Room 224) which is normally used for lectures, seminars and demonstrations is now set up to provide 16 quiet study spaces during the structured revision week and much of the exam period*. Please note:

  • Wi-fi is available but there are no power sockets for laptops or other devices
  • The normal library regulations apply – no eating or drinking in the room (bottled water is the exception).

Room 224 can be used as a quiet study area throughout the pilot 24-hour opening period*. Library staff in the Floor 2 office will be able to help if there are any issues or difficulties during office hours Monday – Friday. Library staff or Security staff at the Floor 1 Information Centre or the ground floor Welcome Desk can assist in the evening and at weekends.

Extra café seating is also available so that you can take a break from your studies on the upper floors. Additional tables and chairs are now located behind the ground floor Gallery.

* The room is booked for other purposes on Thursday 11 December and will be unavailable as study space from 08.00 on 11 December through to 09.00 on Friday 12 December.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

The Sir Duncan Rice Library open 24/7 over exam period

Photograph by Russell Moffatt

A pilot of 24-hr opening for The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be in operation from Sunday 23rd November to Thursday 18th December, 2014.  During this period you should be aware that:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 hrs – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 2 am and 6 am, which may result in some disruption.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown lasting about ten minutes, and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 4.00am, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but don’t 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: eat and drink only in the provided café area on the ground floor, and keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.
  • Report any problems to security staff on duty – in person, or by phone – Information Centre Floor 1 or tel. 01224 273330
  • The last day for 24 hour opening is Thursday 18th – Friday 19th December.

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

Posted on behalf Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager