SCONUL Access Scheme

Did you know you may be eligible to borrow material from other UK University libraries? Our University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. SCONUL Access grants borrowing privileges to various types of library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Who’s eligible?

SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:

  • academic staff
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • full-time postgraduates

SCONUL Access also provides for a reference only service for most full-time undergraduate students and staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements.

Borrowing entitlements – e.g. number of loans, loan period and types of material may vary among institutions.

Please note that access to IT facilities and electronic resources are not normally included in the scheme. You may however be able to access the wireless network on your personal device while visiting other university libraries if they use the same Eduroam wireless network as ourselves. See the university’s guide to Eduroam to learn more.

Click here to find out a bit more about the scheme and how to apply!

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

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Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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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.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between January 22 and February 6 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 Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly
  • using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • how to manage your references correctly when writing assignments to ensure that you do not fall into the trap of plagiarism

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 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.

Exam Revision: finding silent study spaces in our libraries

Across our three libraries our silent study rooms are popular places to study, and they prove even more popular as the exams approach. See below for help in locating these silent study spaces at this important time, and remember that you can speak with library staff if you are being disturbed by others while you study.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

There are a range of study spaces across this library, including silent ones. Many of our silent study spaces have recently had power sockets and USB charging points installed, meaning that you can now study in silence and still use your laptops and other electronic devices. We still ask that you do not eat in any of the silent rooms as that can be a great distraction to others. For full details of our silent study spaces see below:

  • Floor 1 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Room 124. No power sockets. Forty two study spaces.
  • Floor 3, 4 and 5 – south east corner (overlooking Meston Building). Rooms 312, 412 and 512. Power sockets on each study desk. Twenty study spaces per room.
  • Floor 3, 4 and 5 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Rooms 324, 424 and 524. Power sockets and USB charging points assigned to each study desk. Twenty study spaces per room.
  • Floor 6 – south west corner (overlooking Bedford Road). Room 624. No power sockets. Twenty study spaces. This space is designated a “no devices” location throughout the year to support those who wish to study in this way.

Medical Library

The whole top floor of the Medical Library is designated as silent study space. You are permitted to use laptops and other electronic devices in that area.

Taylor Library

You will find the silent study areas within the Taylor Library in the D Block sections. There are silent areas on both floors of D Block, with different rules around laptop use in different areas. Each desk is clearly marked, to let you know whether or not you can use latops or other electronic devices.

Good luck to everyone with their exams!

Improvements coming – power being installed in more Silent Study Rooms during Easter break

During the Easter break we will be installing power and USB sockets into three Silent Study Rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library which currently have no such sockets. There will, therefore, be no access to the West Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5 between now and Friday April 13.

In the meantime, please feel free to use the other Silent Study Rooms still available on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The rooms on floors 1 and 6 do not permit the use of any electrical devices within them.

Once the work is finished we’ll have 60 additional desks across 3 further silent study rooms to better support access to online materials. Especially useful for the upcoming exams.

Apologies for the noise and for any inconvenience caused while this useful work is carried out.

Free Library Skills workshops to help you Find it Fast!

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At the Library we believe 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.

These are our Find it Fast! workshops, and they will be running between February 20 and March 8 to help all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students navigate the library landscape, which can at times seem filled with so much choice.

They are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and are a great introduction to the services and resources we provide and the best ways in which you can make use of them. They cover:

  • Using Google cleverly to get you to the information you need more quickly.
  • Using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you just cannot find by searching in Google!
  • How to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to.

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 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.

Come and learn about the Library on a tour

New student? Current student who has just realised that it would be useful to find out more about library and information services? Come along to a tour and discover what is available to you from The Sir Duncan Rice Library and beyond….

WHEN: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 10.00 and 14.00

WHERE: Welcome Desk on ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

WHAT: Short tour of the library lasting around 30 minutes, introducing you to the building, services and facilities, to help you make the most of the resources available to you from the library.

No booking necessary – just come along on the day and time that suits you best.

Changes to Silent Study rooms during exams

It’s that time again when The Sir Duncan Rice Library is really busy. We know that everyone has their own favourite way to study, and for many of you this means using a laptop or tablet.

During this busy exam period, starting from revision week Monday 25th April electronic devices may be used in all except one of the Strictly Silent areas. If you prefer a “no electronic device” area then head for Room 624 on Floor 6 (south west corner of the building).

Some of you may remember our pilot run of using the silent study rooms for extra study space with electronic devices in December last year. It was very successful with a high amount of students using the rooms. We would like to offer this again for the busy exam period.

Please speak with library staff on the floors if there are any difficulties. Good luck with your exams…

Alison & Vivien (Subject & Enquiry team)