Did you know…? – Silent Study Rooms

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Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library? 

silent_study-ep  There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5. The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points. Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where electronic devices cannot be used.  This is for those who wish to study with no disturbance.  

Please remember that food is not allowed in all Silent Study Rooms! 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries.  

 

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Talks: Friends of Aberdeen University Library Events for 2019/20

The Friends of Aberdeen University Library will be hosting a series of fascinating talks across the coming academic year on a variety of topics relating to our collections or those of other Libraries. The Friends are a charity founded in 1962 to support the work of the Library and to help promote the rich collections we have at the University of Aberdeen.

The full programme of talks can be seen below, with the first event taking place in just over one week’s time. All of the talks are free and open to all.

The mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library solved?

7 October 2019, 19.30 – 20.30

Join Dr William Zachs as he discusses the mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s library in this evening lecture.

The recent recovery of a substantial part of the private library of the creator of Sherlock Holmes presents an opportunity to understand Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his world in new and unexpected ways. The collection includes special annotated copies of his own books – not least the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Among the volumes are source books for the detective stories which have endlessly captured the imagination of the world. No less central to this collection are over one hundred presentation copies from such authors as H. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie and others which reveal Conan Doyle’s extensive literary, political, medical and social networks. The annotated copies of the writings or other Scottish authors – Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson in particular – further uncover dimensions of Conan Doyle’s literary influences and networks. 

Guest Speaker: Dr William Zachs, University of Edinburgh

Venue: The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Craig Suite, Floor 7

Booking available via Eventbrite

Duels, rebellions and slave children: Aberdonians in the Ceded Island

24 October 2019, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Désha Osborne as she discusses Aberdonians in the Ceded Islands in this evening lecture.  

Guest Speaker: Dr Désha Osborne, Hunter College, City University of New York

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

From sea creatures to Arctic flora: Scottish and Arctic narrative from the North of the world

7 February 2020, 18.00 – 19.00

Join Dr Monica German as she discusses Scottish and Arctic narrative in this evening lecture.

Guest Speaker: Dr Monica German, University of Westminster

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Friends of Aberdeen University Library AGM, followed at 6.30pm by a talk:

Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland

16 April 2020, 18.00 – 19.30

Join Dr Eilish Gregory as she discusses Catholic sequestrations in early modern Scotland and the impact of the historic Act of Union in 1707.

The talk will begin at 6.30pm, before this the Friends of Aberdeen University Library Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm, all are welcome to attend.

Guest Speaker: Dr Eilish Gregory

Venue: Special Collections Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library

Booking available via Eventbrite

Contact: e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

How to use the co-labs

Did you know about the 16 collaborative group study spaces (Co-labs) in SDRL?

Each of them seats between 4 and 7 people and has a PC, plasma screen, power sockets and headphone ports.

They are located on Floors 3-6 in the NW corner of the building (turn right when you come out of the lifts!). They operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority for groups of 3 or more.

If your group can’t find a space, and see a co-lab being used by an individual or two people, please do feel free to come and tell library staff. We will ask the other library users to re-locate and help them find a space.

You may also like to make use of the new wireless ‘Airplay’ function, which allows you to display content from your device on the large screen. Simply press the Airplay button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Quiet discussion: ✔      Food: ✘             Drinks: ✔

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

 

Power issues in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Floors 5 and 6

An electrical fault has meant that some areas of Floors 5 and 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library are currently without power. This has meant, also, that the toilets on those floors have been placed out of order.

This fault has been reported and colleagues from Estates are working to restore power as soon as is possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this.

Macmillan Bake Sale

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It’s almost time for the annual Bake Sale in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Last year we managed to raise a fantastic £628!

This year the sale will take place on Friday 27th September between 10am and 12 noon on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Please come along, grab your favourite beverage from the café, and show your support by purchasing some of the lovely home bakes on offer.

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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