We ask all users of The Sir Duncan Rice Library to be considerate to others studying and focusing upon exam revision. Exams can be a time of stress so, please think of other library users as you revise and while you move around the building. As you walk out of the library, remember that people sat in their seats are still working.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library provides a range of spaces for different types of use, from completely silent to more informal group working areas. In general, the library gets quieter as you move up the floors, with floor 7 being the quietest. It is also noisier near the lifts but gets quieter as you move across to the south side of the building.
Find out more about our silent study spaces in the relevant “Did You Know…?” post.
During this important time, we try to ensure that a quiet, safe and clean study environment is in place for all users. Please remember that if you are being disturbed by others using the library, you can speak to library staff. You can find us in the offices and at information points on Floors 1-6 Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00. All other times speak with members of staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1 and on the Welcome Desk.
For any comments or questions on our service provision and policies, do not hesitate to get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or via email.
In 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 April 21, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday May 17, 2019.
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:
Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the Library.
Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre. Remember – no hot food allowed.
Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
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).
With just a week until the start of the exam period, we would like to help you prepare for your exams by reminding you about the Library’s large online collection of past exam papers.
You can search for past papers on Primo [http://primo.abdn.ac.uk/] or directly via DigiTool [https://digitool.abdn.ac.uk/R?RN=744382543], our digital materials database. As access to papers is restricted to University of Aberdeen members, you will be asked for your computer username and password. There are over 3,000 past exam papers in Word or PDF format covering undergraduate and postgraduate courses from across the University.
We do not have every past exam paper available, so if you cannot find an exam paper for a particular course, check with the School that delivers that course to see if they can provide copies of past 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.
In a hurry? Did you know there are Short-Stay PCs in the Library?
Located on the Ground Floor behind the gallery (next to the Cafe), the Short-Stay PCs are ideal when you just need to send a quick email, look up a book’s location on Primo or send something to your print queue.
So next time you’re in a hurry and needing to use a PC, give the Short-Stay ones a try!