Thank You – MacMillan Coffee Morning at The Sir Duncan Rice Library raised over £500

macmillan imageStaff here at Library, Special Collections and Museums would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all who helped to make our MacMillan Coffee Morning last Friday a grand success.

To those who slaved away at their ovens creating the wonderful baked creations that were enjoyed on the day – Thank you. To those who helped create and decorate a wonderful space in which to enjoy those creations – Thank you. And to all those selfless souls who, for the sake of a wonderful and vital charity, and at the cost of an easily given donation, bravely ate their way through cake after cake after cake, we say THANK YOU!

Thank you also to the University’s Campus Services for providing the coffee, and the tea urn, without which the scrumptious cakes would not have been so easily scoffed. Thank you.

When the last crumbs were finally hoovered up and the pennies and pounds counted we reached a grand total of £526.17. A wonderful sum to be added to all the other funds raised through the many other MacMillan Coffee Mornings taking place across the UK last Friday.

At the time of writing this, according to Macmillan’s website over £4.5 Million has been raised through these coffee mornings. And the total is still rising (baking pun intended!). That is a fantastic sum of money and an equally fantastic number of cakes.

I wonder what £4.5 Million worth of cake looks like? It probably looks like many happy crumb-flecked faces and thousands of people receiving amazing care and support during some of the most trying times of their lives, and the lives of their families. So, again, thank you to everyone who helped contribute to the great work done by MacMillan Cancer Support.

Many thanks,

The LSC&M Coffee Morning Crew

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library open this Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

Welcome to all our new and ‘returning’ students.

If you would like to take a look around, or begin preparations for your courses, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be open this Sunday, 6th September, from 11.00 to 17.00 in advance of term opening hours which begin on Monday 7th. The Hardback Cafe, located on the Ground Floor of the Library, will be open from 11.30 to 15.00.

For anyone near the Foresterhill Campus, the Medical Library is open from 09.00 to 22.00 on Saturday 5th, and 13.00 – 22.00 on Sunday 6th September.

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Food and drink policy update from Diane Bruxvoort

I am pleased to report that the new food and drink policy being piloted in each of the library buildings is going exceedingly well. The new policy allows library users to have coffee and other drinks in the library in a covered container, and to eat their cold lunch and snacks in the libraries. Rubbish and recycling bins have been added throughout the public spaces and we are pleased that our students, public and academic users are taking advantage of the new policies and keeping the buildings clean.

no-hot-foodYou may not be surprised to learn that hot food continues to be an issue. In this pilot we continued with the prohibition on hot food, but may not have been clear enough. So we are clarifying our signage and asking for your adherence to the no hot food policy. With the success of the pilot to date we hope to be able to transition to a permanent allowance of drinks and snacks, and don’t want the issue of hot food to complicate the decision.

We will soon move to 24/7 hours for revision and exams, and the libraries will be full to bursting. Your assistance in keeping our libraries in great condition for all users is much appreciated. We welcome your input on these and any other issues as we work to make the libraries a creative and welcoming environment for all.
Best,
Diane

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Diane Bruxvoort
University Librarian and Director of Library Special Collections and Museums
University of Aberdeen

Food and Drink Pilot at the University of Aberdeen Libraries

Good news! The University of Aberdeen libraries are trialling a new food and drink policy that gives you more freedom to snack as you study. The pilot will operate from Monday 19th January to Friday 22nd May, 2015. During this period:

Cold food can be consumed at study tables in designated areas in all our libraries

Hot and cold drinks in covered containers are allowed in most areas within the libraries

Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the Special Collections Centre or Gallery.

The good news is that there are now many areas within the libraries where you can eat and drink, but please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

 Cleaning up after yourself

Using the appropriate bins and cleaning equipment provided

Reporting any problems to staff on duty in person or by phone –
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: 01224 273330, Medical Library: 01224 437870, Taylor Library: 01224 272601

To maintain a pleasant study environment please observe the following restrictions:

X  No hot food anywhere in the libraries

X  No smelly or noisy cold food

X  No food in silent study areas, project rooms, and rooms or areas with equipment (PC Classrooms, PC Clusters, Co-Labs, Flexible Learning Area, Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, Viewing Room)

Please disregard any ‘no food and drink’ signs in the lifts and on floor plans in The Sir Duncan Rice Library during the pilot period.

We welcome your feedback! Please contact us at:
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk
Medical Library: medill@abdn.ac.uk
Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Diane Bruxvoort
University Librarian & Director