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 

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The University of Aberdeen Visiting Scholar Awards – now open for applications

Funded by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library and the Special Collections Centre

The University of Aberdeen Visiting Scholar Awards are available to academic researchers wishing to travel to Aberdeen to make use of our historic collections for innovative research.

The University of Aberdeen’s rich and diverse holdings consist of over 230,000 rare books, some 5,000 archive collections, and over 300,000 museum artefacts and scientific specimens. The disciplinary range is wide, with particular strengths in eighteenth and nineteenth-century English and Scottish literature, history, anthropology, archaeology, fine art, the history of science and medicine, and the natural and life sciences. (For details, see www.abdn.ac.uk/museums and www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections.)

The Awards provide financial support of up to £2,000 to cover expenses incurred over a period of two to four weeks while pursuing a research project directly relating to the University’s collections. Visiting Scholars will be given access to the collections in the collections research facilities of the Sir Duncan Rice Library and Marischal College, and will contribute to Friends of Aberdeen University Library and Museums and Special Collections activities. Applications for both traditional academic and creative, practice-based forms of research are welcome.

We warmly encourage applications from researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds, and applications will be considered using a ‘name-blind’ selection process.

The awards are funded by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library, administered by the Aberdeen Humanities Fund, and hosted by University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections. Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives of these three bodies, and confirmed by an external assessor. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by email.

Full details can be found on the application form, see here.

The application deadline for the current round is 12 noon, 1 March 2019.

For details on previous Visiting Scholars please see the Special Collections website.

Christmas Opening Hours at our Libraries

With Christmas less than two weeks away we would like to let you all know about when our Libraries will be open before and after the holidays.

In The Sir Duncan Rice Library our 24/7 opening will end this week, with our doors actually shutting at 10 pm on Friday December 14. We will then be open at the times given below. The Library will be closed between Saturday December 22 and January 2, reopening on Thursday January 3.

Saturday 15 December 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday 16 December Closed
Monday 17 to Friday 21 December 08:30 – 17:00
22 December 2018 –  2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 08:30 – 17:00
Friday 4 January 08:30 – 17:00
Saturday 5 January 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday 6 January Closed
Monday 7 January – Term Hours Resume 08:00 – 00.00

 

The Taylor Library will close at 8 pm on December 14 and will then be open at the following times.

Saturday 15 December Closed
Sunday 16 December Closed
Monday 17 to Friday 21 December 09:00 – 17:00
         22 December 2018 –  2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 4 January 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 5 January Closed
Sunday 6 January Closed
Monday 7 January – Term Hours Resume 09:00 – 22.00

 

The Medical Library will also close at 8 pm on Friday December 14 and will then be open at the following times.

Saturday 15 December 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday 16 December Closed
Monday 17 to Friday 21 December 09:00 – 17:00
         22 December 2018 –  2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 4 January 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 5 January 09.00 – 13.00
Sunday 6 January Closed
Monday 7 January – Term Hours Resume 09:00 – 22.00

And, finally, we would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 to all our students, staff and visitors.

Primo – short interruptions due to maintenance – November 23, 2018

Primo, the online interface for searching our collections, will be undergoing vital maintenance during the morning of November 23, resulting in short periods when the service will be unavailable. Primo should be considered at risk between 8 and 11 am.  We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

It will still be possible to search our collections during this time by using our individual catalogues. These can be found elsewhere on our website

Unattended belongings in our Libraries before and during exams

With the next exam period approaching, all of our libraries are becoming busier as revision begins in earnest. To ensure all our students have fair access to a study space during this busy time we would like to bring to your attention the Library policy concerning unattended belongings.

The reason for the policy is to ensure that study spaces are not blocked by readers leaving their belongings unattended at a desk for an extended period of time, in effect reserving a desk. This inconveniences others, particularly at a time when demand for study space is high, and we kindly ask that you do not do this. If you see desks being reserved in this way please feel free to speak with library staff.

If you do leave belongings at a study space please note that items left unattended for more than 30 minutes may be removed for safe keeping by library staff, in accordance with Library Regulation 5.5. A notice will be left on the desk to indicate this has happened to your belongings.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, if this happens to your belongings before 5pm please refer to Library Floor staff to retrieve your belongings. For Floor 7 please go to the Floor 6 Office. After 5pm belongings can be collected from the Information Centre on Floor 1. At Taylor and Medical Libraries please speak with staff at the issue desks.

Notices will be displayed on desks to indicate this policy. We kindly ask all readers to please think of their fellow students and be considerate to the needs of others also revising hard for important exams. Good luck to everyone with their exams.

PhD students and new staff – Library induction sessions now available for booking

Library induction sessions for new PhD students and members of University staff are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these sessions introduce how to get the best out of the Library here at the University of Aberdeen and are highly recommended for those postgraduate researchers who are new to the institution. New staff who want to better understand the Library and its services would also benefit from attending.

There is one remaining opportunity to attend one of these sessions before the Christmas holidays:

  • December 13: 10.00 – 11.00

During the hour-long introduction to the Library service we will cover:

  • The basics of how to search our catalogue, Primo
  • How to borrow and return items in our libraries
  • How to locate high-quality online scholarly materials
  • How the Library can help you as you progress with your research
  • Tour of The Sir Duncan Library

As every university is different in how they operate their library service it has proved useful to new arrivals to attend these sessions, to learn exactly how we do things here at the University of Aberdeen.

These induction sessions complement more detailed Library Information Skills Workshops which we offer to PhD students. The next series of these are to take place at the start of February but are not yet open for booking. We will send out information once they are available for booking.

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students or staff, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.