Libraries closed Monday 9th July 2018

Due to the local holiday in Aberdeen the university libraries will be closed on Monday 9 July.

To find out about our opening times over the vacation period visit:


Summer Opening Hours for the Library

As summertime is upon us and exams are now over, the Library is now operating on its summer schedule. Opening hours for The Sir Duncan Rice Library are as follows:

The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Summer Vacation  

Monday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 – 20:00
Thursday 08:30 – 20:00
Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday Closed

The Taylor Library is open from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and closed at weekends.

For those of you who still require longer hours to study, the Medical Library up at the Foresterhill campus is only a short walk from Old Aberdeen and is open until 10pm every night except Fridays and is also open on Sundays:

Medical Library – Term and Vacations  

Monday 09:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 22:00
Thursday 09:00 – 22:00
Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
Sunday 13:00 – 22:00

Please note that all Library sites will be closed on Monday 11th of July for Summer Holiday Monday.

Normal term hours for all sites will resume at the start of the 2016/17 academic year. Term begins on Monday 5th September 2016.

Happy holidays from all at the Library!

Browse the Sir Duncan Rice Library new books webpages

New books are always being added to the collections here in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and to keep up to date with the titles which are arriving we encourage you to take a look at our New Acquisitions webpages.

These pages are updated at the end of each month, and include title information and links to their entries in Primo, the portal to details of all our Library materials.

Selected highlights, amongst many others from the past month include:

Bookmark this page on the Library website or sign up to this blog on the right of this page to receive announcements every month of the new material we are continually adding to what is already over 15 miles of shelving in this library alone.

And, of course, the Taylor Library and the Medical Library also maintain similar pages detailing the new book stock which they receive each month, so that whatever subject you are studying, teaching, or researching you are always aware of the new material available to you through the University of Aberdeen Libraries.


Library Opening Hours around the Winter Holidays

20151201_153247croppedThe winter holidays are nearly upon us, bringing with them the opportunity for a much-needed break from study and research. And before the festivities arrive we would like to let you know about the various opening hours which operate across our different libraries, both before and after the holidays.

Our three different libraries will be moving into holiday opening hours from the end of Friday the 18th of December and all three sites have slightly different hours. Read below to see the hours and to see just when the libraries will be reopening in the New Year.

One thing all three sites have in common are the following dates during which they will NOT be open:

All Libraries Closed from

5pm on Wednesday 23rd December until Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Below are the opening hours for the different sites before and after the winter holidays.


Sir Duncan Rice Library



Fri 18th Dec Close at 22.00
Sat 19th Dec 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 20th Dec Closed
Mon 21st Dec 08.30 – 17.00
Tue 22nd Dec 08.30 – 17.00
Wed 23rd Dec 08.30 – 17.00
Thu 24th Dec – Mon 4th Jan Closed
Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 08.30 – 17.00
Sat 9th Jan 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 10th Jan Closed
Mon 11th Jan Term hours resume: 08.00 – 00.00


Medical Library


Fri 18th Dec 09.00 – 20.00
Sat 19th Dec 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 20th Dec Closed
Mon 21st Dec 09.00 – 17.00
Tue 22nd Dec 09.00 – 17.00
Wed 23rd Dec 09.00 – 17.00
Thu 24th Dec – Mon 4th Jan Closed
Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Sat 9th Jan 09.00 – 13.00
Sun 10th Jan Closed
Mon 11th Jan Term hours: 09.00 – 22.00


Taylor Library


Fri 18th December 09.00 – 20.00
Sat 19th December Closed
Sun 20th December Closed
Mon 21st December 09.00 – 17.00
Tue 22nd December 09.00 – 17.00
Wed 23rd December 09.00 – 17.00
Thu 24th Dec – Mon 4th Jan Closed
Tue 5th – Fri 8th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Sat 9th Jan Closed
Sun 10th Jan Closed
Mon 11th Jan Term hours: 09.00 – 22.00


Even though all the libraries will be closed during the winter holidays don’t forget you are still able to access a huge number of resources electronically. See links below for further information.

  • You can search for online materials using Primo, our library catalogue
  • Check out or range of library guides for help
  • For help accessing electronic resources while off campus check out this guide
  • Consult our collection of support materials, including slides and worksheets from Information Skills Workshops

The staff here at the Library Service would like to wish all students and staff at the University of Aberdeen a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a restful break over the holidays. We look forward to seeing you all back again in 2016.



Where to find silence in our libraries for exam revision


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

upstairs D blockpptx

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!

Welcome to The Library Service – We are here to help You

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.

While you may have been away enjoying the summer months we have been here, busy enjoying ourselves getting ready to welcome you all through the doors of our three libraries, ready to help you find the books, journal articles, in fact any type of information you need to help you broaden your learning and complete your assignments, dissertations or theses.

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


Library Tours

small library tours sign croppedOver the rest of this week and next we are running short tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) 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. Further information on the tours is available here.

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


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. That is our job. And we can do that for you in person or online.

Face to Face

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 each of the subject floors (floors 3-6). 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. At evenings and weekends please take any subject questions to the main Information Centre on Floor 1 of the building.

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

Online Help

chatboxWe are also able to take questions about our collections and services via a Quick Query Chat-Box available on the library homepage. The service is available weekdays during term-time from 09:00 to 17:00. You will find the chat-box on the centre of the Library homepage.

Outside of these hours you can send an email to with your enquiry and it will be passed on to the most appropriate member of Library staff to get back to you.

There is an extensive list on our website with contact details for most Library staff.

We are also on Twitter and Facebook and will be happy to take any questions and comments you may have that way too. They are not generally staffed in the evenings and at the weekends but it is another way in which you can contact us for any help you might need.

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.


Ewan Grant, Information Adviser

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.

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