Did you know you may be eligible to borrow material from other UK University libraries? Our University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. SCONUL Access grants borrowing privileges to various types of library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.
SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:
postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
part-time, distance learning and placement students
SCONUL Access also provides for a reference only service for most full-time undergraduate students and staff of a few higher education libraries not participating in the reciprocal borrowing arrangements.
Borrowing entitlements – e.g. number of loans, loan period and types of material may vary among institutions.
Please note that access to IT facilities and electronic resources are not normally included in the scheme. You may however be able to access the wireless network on your personal device while visiting other university libraries if they use the same Eduroam wireless network as ourselves. See the university’s guide to Eduroam to learn more.
Click here to find out a bit more about the scheme and how to apply!
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.
I am pleased to report that the new food and drink policy being piloted in each of the library buildings is going exceedingly well. The new policy allows library users to have coffee and other drinks in the library in a covered container, and to eat their cold lunch and snacks in the libraries. Rubbish and recycling bins have been added throughout the public spaces and we are pleased that our students, public and academic users are taking advantage of the new policies and keeping the buildings clean.
You may not be surprised to learn that hot food continues to be an issue. In this pilot we continued with the prohibition on hot food, but may not have been clear enough. So we are clarifying our signage and asking for your adherence to the no hot food policy. With the success of the pilot to date we hope to be able to transition to a permanent allowance of drinks and snacks, and don’t want the issue of hot food to complicate the decision.
We will soon move to 24/7 hours for revision and exams, and the libraries will be full to bursting. Your assistance in keeping our libraries in great condition for all users is much appreciated. We welcome your input on these and any other issues as we work to make the libraries a creative and welcoming environment for all.
University Librarian and Director of Library Special Collections and Museums
University of Aberdeen
Additional quiet study space is available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library from today (Monday 1 December) through to Friday 19 December. The Floor 2 Seminar Room (Room 224) which is normally used for lectures, seminars and demonstrations is now set up to provide 16 quiet study spaces during the structured revision week and much of the exam period*. Please note:
Wi-fi is available but there are no power sockets for laptops or other devices
The normal library regulations apply – no eating or drinking in the room (bottled water is the exception).
Room 224 can be used as a quiet study area throughout the pilot 24-hour opening period*. Library staff in the Floor 2 office will be able to help if there are any issues or difficulties during office hours Monday – Friday. Library staff or Security staff at the Floor 1 Information Centre or the ground floor Welcome Desk can assist in the evening and at weekends.
Extra café seating is also available so that you can take a break from your studies on the upper floors. Additional tables and chairs are now located behind the ground floor Gallery.
* The room is booked for other purposes on Thursday 11 December and will be unavailable as study space from 08.00 on 11 December through to 09.00 on Friday 12 December.
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