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!

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The Library launches induction sessions for PhD Students

The Library Service has recently introduced new and regular induction sessions to our services and resources for new PhD students and they are proving popular. Complementing the Information Skills Workshops which we have been delivering to them for a number of years, these induction sessions introduce the fundamentals of how to get the best out of the Library, while the workshops go into much greater detail on the research cycle they will be undertaking during their time here in Aberdeen and the role that the Library can play in that.

The second of these definitions is what we aim for in the induction sessions, and we hope for them to be regular, not rare.

The need for these regular sessions was identified due to the fact that PhD students now arrive at the University of Aberdeen throughout the academic year and, more importantly, from all around the world. The culture of libraries and how they operate differ greatly throughout the world, and also vary between each academic institution, with the systems of one library being designed for the specifics of the particular University of which they are a part. We recognised, therefore, that many of these PhD students needed more basic guidance in terms of how to use our services.

The induction sessions begin with the basics of library opening hours, how many books they can borrow and how to search for them with Primo, and even how they can find them on the shelves. In some countries, for example, students themselves do not go and get the books from the shelves as that would be the work of a librarian. That is not something we normally do here in Aberdeen, unless, of course, someone is struggling to find it themselves. We also cover how to borrow and return them using our self-issue and returns machines.

We then move on to introduce the vast range of online resources we offer, such as e-book collections and academic databases, and their importance to doing great research. We also outline how to access them easily when away from our campuses – important when much research is done in the field and all around the world. The Information Skills Workshops we run are also introduced to let them know that further detailed help is available to help them get the best out of these online materials and our paper resources, and make it clear that Library staff and subject-specific Information Consultants are here to help throughout the time they are working to achieve their Doctorates.

After introducing these services they are given a tour of the impressive Sir Duncan Rice Library to begin to turn the theory of the library which we have just introduced into reality. This also gives them the opportunity to ask any questions about any aspect of the library which we have not already covered.

These inductions sessions are a great opportunity for us to begin to build the relationship with the Library Service that these early career researchers will need over the next few years. It is an exciting time as they set out on the start of their research, but can also be a daunting time with so much to take in and learn in a very short space of time and often in a new country and culture, and our aim with these sessions is to simplify and clarify the Library Service as much as possible for them and make it clear that we are here to support them in their information needs, so that they can focus on the fundamental research questions they are here in Aberdeen to investigate and answer.

To book on one of these induction sessions, or any of the workshops offered by the Library Service visit the University’s Course Booking System and search for Library Information Skills. There are two sessions on offer this week and another on May 12, but do keep an eye on the Course Booking site for details of our next Workshops (not yet confirmed) as well as other excellent classes delivered by other areas of the University.

 

Extended hours in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – 24/7 opening before and during Exams

(c) Copyright Tom Magliery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LIcense

(c) Copyright Tom Magliery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LIcense

In the lead up to the fast approaching exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just under two weeks until this happens but we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday April 24, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 20, 2016.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible. Please read our other post on student safety and security.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in designated areas of the Library (everywhere except the silent study areas, study rooms, project rooms and areas with equipment).
  2. Cold food can be consumed in the same locations – but not if it is has a strong smell or is noisy! (remember – no hot food allowed).
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

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

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

Opening hours at University of Aberdeen Libraries during Easter Vacation

From Monday April 4 until Friday April 23 The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be opening at 8.30am instead of 8.00am during the week. TSDRL will still open at 9.00am on Saturdays and 11.00am on Sundays.

And from Sunday April 24 TSDRL will be open 24 hours a day in the lead up to and during the exams, until 10.00pm on Friday May 20.

The Taylor Library and the Medical Library will be open their usual hours during the Easter Vacation, and also during the exam periods.

Full details of the opening hours at all three libraries can be found here.

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

Extended hours in The Sir Duncan Rice Library – 24/7 opening before and during Exams

24 7 opening

(c) Copyright Tom Magliery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LIcense

In the lead up to the fast approaching exam period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday 15 November, and stay continuously open until 22.00 on Friday 18 December, 2015.

Over this period it is important that you are aware of the following:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible. Please read our other post on student safety and security.

Please respect the building and your fellow library users:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in designated areas of the Library (everywhere except the silent study areas, study rooms, project rooms and areas with equipment).
  2. Cold food can be consumed in the same locations – but not if it is has a strong smell or is noisy! (remember – no hot food allowed).
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.

Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre,
Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).

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

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Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

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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