Last week, we announced that a redesign of the west side of The Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor was in progress. We are delighted to announce that the works are now completed and visitors can enjoy the new space we have created for reading and relaxation!
The space will also host the Old Aberdeen Library, which will open on Monday 14 October.
We believe that you should be spending the majority of your time reading materials and not looking for them, so we have a range of workshops to help you learn how to get your hands on the best books, articles, reports and other information in the shortest time possible.
Our Find it Fast! workshops will be running between October 15 and November 7 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.
The workshops are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the resources we provide and the ways in which you can make best use of them. They cover:
using Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources
how to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to
using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you cannot find by searching in Google!
how to manage your references using RefWorks
getting the best out of Google
Invest one hour of your time over lunch to learn tips and techniques that will repay you with time saved when searching for the materials you need for your assignments and exams.
To find out more and to view the full list of Find it Fast! workshops on offer please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and search for Library Information Skills courses.
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
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.