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.
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 December 2.
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 question(s).
Dr Richards will be available at the following times.
- Wednesday 29 November, 12.00 – 14.00
- Thursday 30 November, 12.00 – 14.00
- Friday 1 December, 12.00 – 14.00
Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is really important – especially now, when the new exam period is fast approaching and you spend more time in the library – to carefully plan your visit. This post provides useful tips for you to stay safe while studying here or leaving home late at night or very early in the morning.
In the library
Our libraries are safe places to study at day and night, yet you have to be vigilant because opportunistic thieves can strike anywhere and anytime.
- Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended. Always keep your valuables with you or secure them out of sight.
- If you have to leave your study space, ask a friend to watch over your belongings.
- Back up work from your laptop on to a memory stick or H: drive. In case your laptop disappears, you will still have your files saved.
- Make sure your valuables are properly insured.
- If you have any problem, ask the help of the library staff or the security person
Leaving the library in the night or early morning
- Park your car near good lighting, close to the library.
- Have your car key ready as you approach your car.
- When driving, if possible keep your doors locked.
- Student parking is available via annual permits or daily vouchers.
- Book a taxi in advance.
- Make sure you check the name you gave the cab firm with the driver.
- Travel with your friends if you can, and always sit in the back.
By night buses:
- Plan your journey in advance. Check the timetable for night buses on the websites of First Bus Aberdeen or Stagecoach bus services.
- On public transport, sit near groups of people or the driver.
- Travelling on a double decker bus, always stay downstairs.
- If you ride a bicycle lock it with a D-lock. You can buy bike locks – nearest to the University – at Halfords, in Kittybrewster Retail Park, Aberdeen.
- Across the University campuses, there are almost 500 parking spaces for bikes. Storage ranges from open air Sheffield stands to cover sheds.
- You can also secure a Cycle Locker for your bike at both campuses.
By walking home:
- Take care if leaving the library in the night. Walk home with friends or fellow students.
- Avoid getting or looking lost.
- Stick to well-lit and well used areas. Do not take short cuts through dark or remote parks or alleyways.
- Be alert to your surroundings. Do not chat on your mobile phone or keep your headphones in while you are walking home alone.
Other useful contacts
Police Scotland – Aberdeen
Police emergency contact number: 999
Police non-emergency contact number: 101
Scottish Fire and Rescue Services – Aberdeen
NHS 24 hour service contact number: 111
CluedUp – University of Aberdeen web pages on security
Aberdeen City Council webpages on safety
Safer Aberdeen App
Security Office (Old Aberdeen Campus) – campus map
Security Office (Old Aberdeen Campus) – web pages
Exam time is almost upon us and we are aware that everyone has their own preferred methods to study. We aim to provide somewhere for everyone, whatever their choice, so once again we are changing the use of our Silent Study rooms in the Sir Duncan Rice Library during revision week and for the whole of the exam period.
Beginning on November 20 and running until December 15, electronic devices may be used in all of our Silent Study rooms on Floors 1, 3, 4 and 5. This temporary change is due to more people using the library at this time, and this adjustment is the best way to accommodate as many people as possible during this important point in the academic year.
However, silence still reigns in room 624 on Floor 6 where there will continue to be strictly silent study with no laptops, tablets or any other electronic devices allowed.
Good luck in your exams!
Service has now been restored to RefWorks following issues yesterday afternoon that resulted in it being unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience this caused to those using the service yesterday.
RefWorks, the reference management software, is currently down and unavailable. This interruption to the service is not restricted to the University of Aberdeen and is being experienced by many universities.
There may also be issues with using some other ProQuest resources. We are monitoring this just now.
We will make an announcement once we know anymore about these issues. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
Beginning this week, the induction session is designed for Research Postgraduates new to the University of Aberdeen and provides a general introduction to:
- IT services in support of your research activities
- How to stay safe and avoid some of the pitfalls of data storage
- How the library works e.g. borrowing and requesting materials
- Primo, the gateway to all the library resources here at UoA
- Specialised academic databases suitable for your research
- What library and IT staff can do to support you in your research.
This informal induction provides an opportunity to meet with the Library’s subject Information Consultants and to ask any questions you may have about access to suitable library materials.
A short tour of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be available after the presentation/questions for those interested in finding out more about the practical side of the library service.
To book a place on this useful session please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking and look for Library Information Skills.
For more detailed information on literature searching book onto our separate programme 2-hour workshops which run at key points through the year. (The next offering is Tue/Wed/Thu for three weeks starting Tue 31 October. Part 1 in the first week, Part 2 in the second and Part 3 in the third week). These can also be booked via the coursebooking website.
After this induction we hope you will feel more confident about how the library operates and how we can support your research.