‘Did you know…?’ blog series coming soon!

did you know featured image wed nightWe are delighted to introduce a new service to help you find your way around the library and improve your library skills. Our new ‘Did you know…? A collection of helpful library hints’ blog series will be launched next week (14th of January). We will aim to deliver to you useful tips on:

  • Navigating your way around the library
  • Printing
  • Searching for information
  • Placing holds on items
  • Our opening times
  • Accessing resources off-campus

and much more!

We hope you will find this service useful.

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Library tours for new and returning students

As we begin the second semester here at the University Of Aberdeen’s Library Service we would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students.

We are running short library tours in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) beginning this week on Thursday January 10, and they are open to everyone. These tours, which last around half an hour, will introduce you to:

  • The layout of TSDRL
  • How to search for library materials
  • How to borrow library books
  • Where you can find help from library staff

There is no need to book in advance for these tours, just come along to the ground floor of TSDRL at 10am or 2pm and staff will be waiting to show you round our stunning library.

The tours will take place on Thursday January 10, Friday January 11, and then throughout all of next week, with the last tours being offered on Friday January 18. There will be no tours at the weekend.

So, if you are looking for a peaceful break from what can be a hectic start of term, pop along to the quiet of the library for a tour and learn what we can do to help you as you begin, or continue, your studies.

We look forward to seeing you.

Ewan Grant

e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

The University of Aberdeen Visiting Scholar Awards – now open for applications

Funded by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library and the Special Collections Centre

The University of Aberdeen Visiting Scholar Awards are available to academic researchers wishing to travel to Aberdeen to make use of our historic collections for innovative research.

The University of Aberdeen’s rich and diverse holdings consist of over 230,000 rare books, some 5,000 archive collections, and over 300,000 museum artefacts and scientific specimens. The disciplinary range is wide, with particular strengths in eighteenth and nineteenth-century English and Scottish literature, history, anthropology, archaeology, fine art, the history of science and medicine, and the natural and life sciences. (For details, see www.abdn.ac.uk/museums and www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections.)

The Awards provide financial support of up to £2,000 to cover expenses incurred over a period of two to four weeks while pursuing a research project directly relating to the University’s collections. Visiting Scholars will be given access to the collections in the collections research facilities of the Sir Duncan Rice Library and Marischal College, and will contribute to Friends of Aberdeen University Library and Museums and Special Collections activities. Applications for both traditional academic and creative, practice-based forms of research are welcome.

We warmly encourage applications from researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds, and applications will be considered using a ‘name-blind’ selection process.

The awards are funded by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library, administered by the Aberdeen Humanities Fund, and hosted by University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections. Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives of these three bodies, and confirmed by an external assessor. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by email.

Full details can be found on the application form, see here.

The application deadline for the current round is 12 noon, 1 March 2019.

For details on previous Visiting Scholars please see the Special Collections website.

Christmas Opening Hours at our Libraries

With Christmas less than two weeks away we would like to let you all know about when our Libraries will be open before and after the holidays.

In The Sir Duncan Rice Library our 24/7 opening will end this week, with our doors actually shutting at 10 pm on Friday December 14. We will then be open at the times given below. The Library will be closed between Saturday December 22 and January 2, reopening on Thursday January 3.

Saturday 15 December 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday 16 December Closed
Monday 17 to Friday 21 December 08:30 – 17:00
22 December 2018 –  2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 08:30 – 17:00
Friday 4 January 08:30 – 17:00
Saturday 5 January 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday 6 January Closed
Monday 7 January – Term Hours Resume 08:00 – 00.00

 

The Taylor Library will close at 8 pm on December 14 and will then be open at the following times.

Saturday 15 December Closed
Sunday 16 December Closed
Monday 17 to Friday 21 December 09:00 – 17:00
         22 December 2018 –  2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 4 January 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 5 January Closed
Sunday 6 January Closed
Monday 7 January – Term Hours Resume 09:00 – 22.00

 

The Medical Library will also close at 8 pm on Friday December 14 and will then be open at the following times.

Saturday 15 December 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday 16 December Closed
Monday 17 to Friday 21 December 09:00 – 17:00
         22 December 2018 –  2 January 2019 Closed
Thursday 3 January 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 4 January 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 5 January 09.00 – 13.00
Sunday 6 January Closed
Monday 7 January – Term Hours Resume 09:00 – 22.00

And, finally, we would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 to all our students, staff and visitors.

Primo – short interruptions due to maintenance – November 23, 2018

Primo, the online interface for searching our collections, will be undergoing vital maintenance during the morning of November 23, resulting in short periods when the service will be unavailable. Primo should be considered at risk between 8 and 11 am.  We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

It will still be possible to search our collections during this time by using our individual catalogues. These can be found elsewhere on our website

Unattended belongings in our Libraries before and during exams

With the next exam period approaching, all of our libraries are becoming busier as revision begins in earnest. To ensure all our students have fair access to a study space during this busy time we would like to bring to your attention the Library policy concerning unattended belongings.

The reason for the policy is to ensure that study spaces are not blocked by readers leaving their belongings unattended at a desk for an extended period of time, in effect reserving a desk. This inconveniences others, particularly at a time when demand for study space is high, and we kindly ask that you do not do this. If you see desks being reserved in this way please feel free to speak with library staff.

If you do leave belongings at a study space please note that items left unattended for more than 30 minutes may be removed for safe keeping by library staff, in accordance with Library Regulation 5.5. A notice will be left on the desk to indicate this has happened to your belongings.

In the Sir Duncan Rice Library, if this happens to your belongings before 5pm please refer to Library Floor staff to retrieve your belongings. For Floor 7 please go to the Floor 6 Office. After 5pm belongings can be collected from the Information Centre on Floor 1. At Taylor and Medical Libraries please speak with staff at the issue desks.

Notices will be displayed on desks to indicate this policy. We kindly ask all readers to please think of their fellow students and be considerate to the needs of others also revising hard for important exams. Good luck to everyone with their exams.