Need help with maths before the exams? Come to a drop-in session at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Dr Morgiane Richard of the University’s Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions in The Sir Duncan Rice Library this week, to help with any mathematics issues you may have, before the next exam period starts on April 28.

You will be able to find her on Floor 5 of the library, room 506. There is no need to book, just drop in with your questions.

Dr Richard will be available at the following times:

  • Wednesday 25 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 26 April, 12:00 – 14:00
  • Friday 27 April, 12:00 – 14:00

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions:


You may need to clear cookies to access our online resources

Following vital work installing a new SFX server to ensure all at the University can access online library resources there may be a need for you to clear cookies from your browser. Cookies in your browser may be attempting to direct you towards the old server, resulting in you not managing to access our many online materials. Clearing cookies will resolve this issue.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this necessary switch to a new server.

Interruption to Web of Science this weekend due to maintenance

Web of Science, one of our largest and broadest bibliographic databases will be unavailable for a time this weekend due to vital maintenance which they are carrying out. The service will be unavailable at the following time:

Saturday 21 April 1.00pm BST to Sunday 22 April 1.00am

As part of this maintenance there will be an upgrade to Web of Science, including some new features. They have provided some information on these changes, which can be viewed online.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

Interruption to Ebook Central this weekend due to maintenance

Ebook Central, one of our largest ebook collections, will be unavailable for a short time this weekend while they carry out vital maintenance on the platform. It will not be available during the following time early on Sunday morning:

Sunday, 22 April, 4:00 a.m. until Sunday, 22 April, 9:00 a.m.

The timing of this work so early in the day should hopefully mean that as few people as possible are inconvenienced, but we apologise nonetheless for the interruption.

Exam Revision: 24 hour opening at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

In the lead up to and during 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 a few days until this happens and 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 22, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 18, 2018.

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 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

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

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!

Sir Duncan Rice Library PC classroom 3 – software changes

PC classroom 3 (Room 230) on Floor 2 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be unavailable for several hours on Thursday 19 April to enable important software to be installed on a number of PCs in the room. This new software will support teaching and research within the Business School.

The room will be opened for use as soon as possible during the day.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.