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

247-image-for-blog-postIn 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 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 November 20, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 16, 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 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

PhD students – Library Induction Sessions now available for booking

Library induction sessions for new PhD students are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these sessions introduce how to get the best out of the Library here at the University of Aberdeen and are highly recommended for those postgraduate researchers who are new to the institution.

There will be three opportunities to attend one of these sessions over the next three months, with the first taking place next Wednesday, October 26. The dates and times for al three sessions are:

  • October 26: 10.00 – 11.00
  • November 1: 10.00 – 11.00
  • December 14: 10.00 – 11.00

During the hour-long introduction to the Library service we will cover:

  • The basics of how to search our catalogue, Primo
  • How to borrow and return items in our libraries
  • How to locate high-quality online scholarly materials
  • How the Library can help you as you progress with your research
  • Tour of The Sir Duncan Library

As every university is different in how they operate their library service it has proved useful to new arrivals to attend these sessions, to learn exactly how we do things here at the University of Aberdeen.

These induction sessions complement more detailed Library Information Skills Workshops which we offer to PhD students. The next series of these are to take place next month, in November. Click here for further details on these workshops.

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.

Eat cake for charity – Library to take part in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


presentation1The Library, Special Collections & Museums (LSC&M) Coffee Morning Crew are getting their mixers to the ready for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on the 28th September 2016.

People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone Macmillan raised £25 million through all the coffee and cake consumed right across the UK.

This will be the third year the LSC&M staff have participated in this event.

Join us in the Events Area

The Sir Duncan Rice Library 

Wednesday 28th September


and bring your pennies…

Spread the word – The coffee morning is open to all!

For those of you not able to join us on the 28th, but who wish to make a donation to MacMillan Cancer Support, you can Text to Donate as follows:

Text CUPCAKE to 70550 to donate £5.

MacMillan will receive 95p of every pound donated in this way

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library next Wednesday.

Many thanks,

The LSC&M Coffee Morning Crew

Information Skills Workshops for PhD researchers now open for booking

The Library is here to help all postgraduate researchers as they begin, or continue, their in-depth research with a series of Information Skills Workshops designed to their needs. With so much academic literature available through the University of Aberdeen these workshops will give you the confidence and skills to locate and manage the materials you need.

These workshops will take place in November 2016 and will help you understand the resources available to you as researchers here at the University of Aberdeen, and how to get the best out of them. Read on for further information on the workshops. To book workshops visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills classes.

There are three workshops on offer, each lasting two hours:

  • Literature searching – Part 1: Getting started
  • Literature searching – Part 2: Using databases
  • Literature searching – Part 3: Managing your references using RefWorks*

Across the three workshops we will look at:

  • Planning your search
  • Looking for books: using Primo and E-books
  • Databases of academic literature
  • Getting the best out of Google
  • Managing your references with RefWorks
  • Formatting Word documents with in-text citations and bibliographies

Feedback from those who have previously attended these sessions have been positive and they highlight how after attending they felt better equipped to find and manage the materials required for research. One quote from a previous attendee nicely sums up what we are aiming for with these sessions:

“I will definitely be searching smarter than before”

Our aim is that after you attend you will also leave feeling this way.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop focusing on the management of references (Part 3) is not suitable for research postgraduates in the School of Law, as the software used does not support the OSCOLA referencing style required for legal theses.

To find out more, and to book onto the different workshops please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Information Skills classes. We look forward to seeing you at the workshops.

Scopus maintenance September 21

scopus_logo_rScopus, one of the most extensive academic databases we subscribe to, will be undergoing limited maintenance on September 21 resulting in minimal interruption to its services.

The maintenance is due to take place between 17.00 and 19.00 (British Summer Time).

During this period, the Scopus database will be available in read-only mode, meaning that users will still be able to conduct searches for high-quality scholarly publications, but they will not be able to use some of the more advanced features available to those who have created personal Scopus accounts, such as:

  • Saving or editing search queries
  • Saving or editing an alert
  • Creating or modifying lists of materials
  • Changing user configurations

While this necessary work should cause minimal disruption we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Welcome to the Library Service


As the new academic year begins and the campuses fill with new and returning students Library staff would like to wish everyone all the very best for the coming year at the University of Aberdeen.

While you may have been away enjoying the summer months we have been here, busy enjoying ourselves getting ready to welcome you all through the doors of our three libraries, ready to help you find the books, journal articles, in fact any type of information you need to help you broaden your learning and complete your assignments, dissertations or theses.

Read on to learn (or remind yourself) of some of the ways in which the Library is here to help you.

Library Tours

small library tours sign croppedStarting on Wednesday September 7 and running until Friday September 16 we are running short tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) for all students, new and old. Come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm, there is no need to book. Each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people, but there will be more than one tour taking place at a time. There will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.  We will also be running less frequent tours until October 14. For further information on these tours click here.

Speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

Locating Library Resources

You can search Primo, to find out what materials the Library has on the shelves and also online. Primo is the first place to begin any searching you may be doing for books, ebooks, journal articles or any of the other high-quality resources available to you. Also, be sure to check out our Primo Library Guide as well.

Getting help in our libraries

Library staff are here to help you locate the materials you need or answer any questions you may have about our service. That is our job. And we can do that for you in person or online.

Face to Face

Staff are available Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00, in each of our three libraries to help in person. There is a reduced service at all three sites outwith these hours but staff are still available to help.

For general enquiries within The Sir Duncan Rice Library about our services please speak with staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1.

For more subject-specific assistance in The Sir Duncan Rice Library you will find staff with knowledge of the collections on each of the subject floors (floors 3-6). They will either be based at the clearly marked Information Points, or they will be available to help in the Enquiry Offices which are located right beside them. More details on staff help available here. At evenings and weekends please take any subject questions to the main Information Centre on Floor 1 of the building.

The Taylor Library and the Medical Library also have very knowledgeable staff happy to field any enquiries you may have about their collections. Come and speak to them.

Online Help

You can send an email to library@abdn.ac.uk with your enquiry and it will be passed on to the most appropriate member of Library staff to get back to you.

There is an extensive list on our website with contact details for most Library staff.

We are also on Twitter and Facebook and will be happy to take any questions and comments you may have that way too. They are not staffed in the evenings and at the weekends but it is another way in which you can contact us for any help you might need.

We are here to help you find the library materials you need throughout your time here at the University of Aberdeen and are ready and waiting for your questions. And don’t ever be embarrassed to ask us a question because you think it might be a silly question. There are no silly questions, only questions, and we love to hear them all.

Ewan Grant, Information Adviser