Looking for somewhere quiet to study?

It’s that time again when The Sir Duncan Rice Library is really busy. We know that everyone has their own favourite way to study, and for many of you this means using a laptop or tablet.

During this busy exam period electronic devices may be used in all except one of the Strictly Silent areas. If you prefer a “no electronic device” area then head for Room 624 on Floor 6 (south west corner of the building).

Please speak with library staff on the floors if there are any difficulties. Good luck with your exams…

Alison & Vivien (Subject & Enquiry team)

Need some help with Maths before the exams?

Dr Morgiane Richard of the Student Learning Service (SLS) will be holding Maths drop-in sessions from 12.00 – 14.00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (Floor 5, Room 506) . No need to book, just drop in with your question[s].

Please contact Dr Morgiane Richard if you have any further questions: m.richard@abdn.ac.uk

Where to find silence in our libraries for exam revision

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In this post we look at the different spaces available across all three sites (Sir Duncan Rice, Medical and Taylor) and remind students of the guidance we ask all visitors to follow concerning noise so that the libraries can operate as tranquil spaces for students to prepare for the imminent exams.

We ask all visitors of all our libraries to be considerate to all the other people also there, studying and focusing upon exam revision. Exams can be a time of stress so please think of your fellow students as you revise, and also while you move around the buildings. You may not be studying hard as you walk with friends out of the library, but remember that those people still sat in their seats are working and concentrating hard.

 

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

TSDRL was designed to create a library that would provide a range of spaces for different types of use, from completely silent to more informal group working areas. In general it gets quieter as you move up the floors, with floor 7 being the quietest, and it also noisiest nearest the lifts with it getting quieter as you move to the other side of the building

Here is a breakdown of the types of spaces available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the expectations on students using those spaces:

Silent study roomsThese can be found on floors 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and are located on the opposite side of the building from the lifts. Some floors have two silent study rooms. If you find yourself in a silent study room and there are no electric sockets at the desks we ask that you do not take out your laptop in these rooms, as these are the completely silent rooms, where we provide spaces to students in which they will not hear the tapping of keyboards or the whirring of laptop fans.

Group study roomsThere are two of these rooms located on floor 7 and they are bookable by speaking with staff at the Information Centre on floor 1. They each contain a pc and a large monitor, which you can attach your own laptop to.

Co-LabsThese are group desks with large flat screen monitors connected to a PC, and are located on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6. These are group working areas but we ask that you keep any discussions quiet as it is still possible for noise to drift across the floor. If you expect to be making a bit more noise we ask that you book one of the group study rooms on floor 7.

Individual desks – These are for individual study and are located around the edge of the building (with the great views!). Please do not hold conversations with friends when using these desks so as not to disturb your neighbours.

Rectangular study desks – These are groups of desks located on all the floors. We ask again that you keep any conversations here short and quiet so as to not disturb others.

Round study desks – These are positioned nearest the lifts on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6. As this is the noisier side of the library it is accepted that you can talk here, but quietly.

Soft seats near to the atrium – These are located next to the atrium of the building on most floors, where some noise from the café on the ground floor can be heard. Not the quietest place in the building if you are looking for silence.

Food and drink – We ask that you bring no hot food into the library but cold (non-smelly) food is allowed, except in the silent study rooms where no food is permitted. Hot drinks are allowed as long as they are in covered containers to minimise spills. We also politely ask that you tidy up after yourself, placing any waste into the appropriate bins.

Further details on all the spaces available in TSDRL can be found here.

 

Medical Library

Different floors of the Medical Library have different noise requirements depending on the type of study you are undertaking and which type of environment you find suits you best.

Floor 3 (the top floor) is our silent area and is expected to be completely noise-free. laptops and hot drinks are permitted but no eating is allowed. If you want to get down to some serious exam revision but are easily distracted by others then this is probably the floor for you!

Floor 2 is a quite area, where quick low-volume conversations are allowed. You may also eat on this floor. If you need to have a proper lengthy discussion then please move downstairs to either floor 1 (the entry-level) or the ground floor where there are no noise restrictions. You may also consume food on these two floors.

Students of all subjects are welcome at the Medical Library, so even if you’re studying English, Geology or History of Art feel free to come and study here if you feel it’s more convenient for you!

Remember that the 9U bus service runs between the Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill campuses on a half-hourly basis for most of the day. The timetable for the bus can be found here.

The Medical Library opening times are:

Monday – Thursday 09.00-22.00

Friday                      09.00-22.00

Saturday                 09.00-22.00

Sunday                   13.00-22.00

 

Taylor Library

Taylor Library is in the Taylor Building on the Old Aberdeen Campus, situated between the Edward Wright Building and Elphinstone Hall. Entrance to the library is through C block, under the bridge. The library is L-shaped and has two floors.

Block D on Floor 1 is a silent area where hot drinks are allowed but no eating is permitted. On the same level as the entry gates (1st floor of the Taylor Building) walk across C block until you have almost reached the far end; turn left into D block.

After the spiral staircase no laptops and no other personal equipment (including tablets, iPhones etc.) are allowed. You can use your laptop in the first half of D block on floor 1.

 

Downstairs D block

 

Block D on Floor 2 is slightly different:

The first half up to the spiral staircase is a quiet study space where the following rules apply:

  • Laptops and personal equipment are allowed
  • Drinks and cold food are OK
  • Short, quiet conversations are OK

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The second half of D block on floor 2 is a silent zone. The rules are:

  • laptops and personal equipment are allowed but please don’t bring any food into this part of the library.
  • No conversations should be held here either.

 

Please remember that if you are being disturbed by others using the libraries please come and speak to library staff and we shall politely ask them to consider their fellow students.

And finally, staff at all of the libraries would like to wish all of our students the best of luck in all of their exams!

The Sir Duncan Rice Library open 24/7 over exam period

Photograph by Russell Moffatt

A pilot of 24-hr opening for The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be in operation from Sunday 23rd November to Thursday 18th December, 2014.  During this period you should be aware that:

  • Swipe access only after 22.00 hrs – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.
  • Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 2 am and 6 am, which may result in some disruption.
  • The PCs require a nightly shutdown lasting about ten minutes, and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 4.00am, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
  • Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but don’t 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: eat and drink only in the provided café area on the ground floor, and keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.
  • Report any problems to security staff on duty – in person, or by phone – Information Centre Floor 1 or tel. 01224 273330
  • The last day for 24 hour opening is Thursday 18th – Friday 19th December.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk

Posted on behalf Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager

The Sir Duncan Rice Library goes 24/7

Library, Special Collections and Museums are pleased to announce that we will pilot 24 hour opening of The Sir Duncan Rice Library this fall.

The 24 hour opening pilot will extend access to the Library in the period before and during examinations. The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open on Sunday 23rd November and remain open through Thursday evening, 18th December. We are working with colleagues in Estates, Campus Services and other parts of the University to ensure that 24 hour opening is implemented in a safe and secure way, and which takes account of student welfare. During this period access to the Library after 10pm will be by University ID card only.  From 24th November the Hardback Cafe will remain open until 10pm.

The Library will be looking closely at the data gathered during the pilot in order to inform our ongoing review of library opening hours at all library sites.

Posted on behalf of Diane Bruxvoort, University Librarian & Director

EXAMS: Use our collection of past exam papers for your own future success

To help you prepare for the fast approaching exams we would like to remind you about the online collection of past exam papers managed by the Library. exam2

There are well over 3000 past exam papers available in Word or PDF format in our searchable database, covering undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses from across the University’s three Colleges. You can either search for specific courses or browse your way towards those past papers you need. You will need to login with your University username and password to access the exam papers.

We do not have every past exam paper available on DigiTool so, if you can’t find an exam paper for a particular course, you will need to check with the relevant School to see if they can provide you with a copy.

The exam papers are stored on DigiTool, the University’s digital asset management system where you can also access many other resources such as photographs from our George Washington Wilson Collection, or even digital versions of illuminated manuscripts.

Also, don’t forget that library staff are here to help you locate any other resources you may need while preparing for your exams. If you have any questions please just ask a member of Library staff.

Good luck with your exams from all staff at the Library.

Ewan Grant
Information Adviser
e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

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Library Guides online:
How to find past exam papers
Digitool

The Student Learning Service offers workshops on revision strategies and exam techniques.

Free massage for students today

Feeling stressed? Today, Thursday 15th May, the Sport and Exercise Team is offering free massage in the Sir Duncan Rice Library from 3:30-6:30 pm, with sign up from 3:15 in meeting room 3 on Floor 7.

We hope this helps you to unwind and let go of those stuck muscles: tight shoulders and stiff backs are hard to avoid when studying!

There’s lots of support on offer around campus this week to help you stay calm and capable over exam time.