Borrowing Library Books – how many and for how long? Including Using Self-Issue Machines

Are you unsure about how many books you can borrow from our Libraries at any one time? Are you a little confused about how long you can keep them to study, use for research, or read for pleasure? Please read on to learn more about borrowing from the hundreds of thousands of high-quality books available on our miles and miles of Library shelves. 

How many books can I borrow? 

The table below shows you how many books you are able to borrow from our Libraries at any one time, depending on the type of Library Account you have. 

 Type of Library Account   Number of books you can borrow 
 Undergraduate Student   20 
 Taught Postgraduate Student   20 
 Research Postgraduate Student   30 
 University Staff   50 
 NHS Grampian Staff   10 
 External Members   10 
 SCONUL Access Students   5 

 

How long can I borrow the books for? 

The hundreds of thousands of books available in all of our Libraries can be borrowed for different lengths of time, depending on how much they are expected to be used for teaching or research. The tables below explain the different loan types available and how you can easily identify them on the shelves.  

Heavy Demand 

How can I tell if a book is Heavy Demand?  

There will be Blue tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books are core reading materials across all courses and therefore have the shortest loan periods in our collection. 

How long for?  Can I renew the Loan?  Fines, if late back? 
1 day, due back 10.30am the next day – or Monday if borrowed on a Friday or over the weekend. 

If borrowing before 10.30am please check the due date and time carefully – if the item is booked it will be due back at 10.30am that day. Check the screen and your receipt for the due date and time.  

A few items are on 3 hour reference. You may borrow the item using the self service kiosks in Heavy Demand but must return it within 3 hours. 

No phone renewals are allowed.  

Renewals must be done in person, with the item present.  

This is because items must be returned by a specific time during the day and very often the item has already been reserved for another reader.  

   

Please note: there is a steep scale of fines for late returns of Heavy Demand books!  

75 pence per hour if returned after 10.30am  

The fine increases hourly every hour the library is open 

  

Three Day Loan

How can I tell if a book is Three Day Loan?

There will be yellow tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark. These books have been recommended for reading on different courses.

How Long for?

Return within 3 days, weekends included e.g. borrowed Wednesday, due back on Saturday. Holds may be placed to reserve these.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader.

You can renew 4 Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Fines, if late back?

£1.00 per day for recalled items.

See also Annual Return of books in May. Contact library staff for details.

Four Week Loan

How can I tell if a book is Four Week Loan?

There will be white tape on the book’s spine, as well as the shelfmark.

How Long for? 

Four weeks from date of borrowing, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays.

If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Items may be renewed unless recalled or on hold by another reader.

Items will be renewed automatically for you if not requested by another reader (Aberdeen University students and staff).

You can renew 4 Week Loan items yourself via MyAccount in Primo, or in person at one of our libraries up to 9 times.

Fines, if late back?

20p per day, for items that have not been requested by another reader. Overdue recalled or on hold 4 Week Loan items are fined at the normal £1 per day rate.

Long Loan

How can I tell if a book is Long Loan?

There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark.

How long for?

Until the end of the Summer term, but they can always be recalled at any time by another user of the library, including over holidays. If the book is recalled an email will be sent to your University account telling you when to return it.

Can I renew the loan?

Recalled items cannot be renewed. Before the annual return of books in May items can be renewed via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

Fines, if late back?

£1.00 per day for recalled items. See also Annual Return of books in May. Contact library staff for details.

 

24-hour Restricted Loan 

How can I tell if a book is 24-hour Restricted Loan ?

There will be a 24 Hour Loan label on the first page of the book. There will be no coloured tape on the book’s spine, only the shelfmark. Very few books have 24 hour loan periods.

How long for?

Return within 24 hours from the time of issue, weekends included, e.g. issued 4.45pm Tuesday, due back by 4.45pm Wednesday.

Can I renew the loan?

Restricted loans may be renewed as long as no-one else has placed a hold on the item.

You can renew 24-Hour Loan items on loan to yourself via MyAccount in Primo or in person at one of our libraries.

Fines, if late back?

50p for the first hour overdue. 5p per hour thereafter for every hour the Library is open.

Self Issue Machines and PINs

Set up your PIN now to access the self-check machines in our libraries! 

self issue machine

Did you know that there is an automated system for issuing and returning books in both the Sir Duncan Rice and the Taylor (Law) libraries? Once you have set up your PIN you will be able to use your student ID card and issue books to your library account without requiring the assistance of a staff member! 

How to set up your PIN: 

You can either follow the instructions and the link sent to you by email shortly after you’ve registered, or you can visit any of our libraries (Sir Duncan Rice, Taylor (Law), Medical) and ask a member of staff to do that for you at one of the Information Points or Help Desks – don’t worry, it only takes a few seconds! 

Happy borrowing!

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk; Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk; Olivia McIntosh, olivia.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

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Printing & binding dissertations: information for Taught Postgraduate students

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We know that printing your dissertation and getting it bound can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you.

Printing:

Before you send your document to print, make sure you’ve checked your course handbook, as that’s where you will usually find all the instructions you will need to follow, such as font size, spacing, etc.

When you send your document to print, make sure you choose the correct Printer.

  • For printing in Black & White please select option BW-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk as the Printer.
  • For printing in Colour please select option COLOUR-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk as the Printer. If you only wish to print certain pages in colour, please make sure you specify the range in the Settings. Please remember to retrieve the job from a Colour printer.

Colour Printers in the libraries

The colour printers in The Sir Duncan Rice Library are on Floors 1, 2, 6 and 7. There are also colour printers in the Taylor (Law) and Medical libraries – The Medical Library has a colour printing facility in both A4 & A3 size.

It can take quite a long time for the printer to receive a large document. To reduce your waiting time, you can send your document in sections, e.g. pages 1-50 and then pages 51-100.

More detailed information on printing is available on the Toolkit

Binding:

Once you have finished printing your dissertation, you can have it bound at the University’s Print Shop.

There are currently two options when it comes to soft binding:

  • Comb & Ring style: plastic rings with acetate paper covers.
  • Metal style: metal spine thermal glued with acetate paper covers.

For pricing and service times, please check here.

The Print Shop operates on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you choose to have your dissertation both printed and bound at the Print shop, then please make sure you:

  • Use the default MSWord margins either for single or double sided (set up mirror imaging layout) printing of your dissertation.
  • Send your PDF by email preferably 3-4 days before your deadline.

Tip: During hand-in/deadline days, it’s best if you have your dissertation already printed and just visit the Print Shop well in advance to have it bound as the completion time for Comb & Ring and Metal style may be longer than the usual 30 minutes.

Remember – Library and IT staff are always happy to help!

 

Elaine Fitzgerald e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk –                                                                Eleni Papadakou e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

PC availability app

InfoLinks

Did you know you that there is a web app with live updates that you can check in order to locate a free PC on campus?

You can also get to this webpage through the Classroom PCs folder within the Toolkit or, via this path:

  • Go to the
    For Students webpage (Students’ Infohub: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/)
  • Choose the
    Find a free PC link under the Quick Links list on the right-hand side

EleniPapadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

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SCONUL Access Scheme

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.

Who’s eligible?

SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:

  • academic staff
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • full-time postgraduates

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!

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

PC availability app

Did you know you that there is a web app with live updates that you can check in order to locate a free PC on campus?

You can also get to this webpage through the Classroom PCs folder within the Toolkit or, via this path:

  • Go to the For Students webpage (Students’ Infohub: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/)
  • Choose the Find a free PC link under the Quick Links list on the right-hand side

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

Late night study in the library? – Stay safe

P1020129-EDIT-1forWebIt 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.
  • Read our Library Guide on Laptop Security.
  • 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
    on site.

Leaving the library in the night or early morning

By car:

  • 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.

By taxi:

  • 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.

By bike:

  • 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 more than 600 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. You can read more about cycle safety here.

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

Library Services
library@abdn.ac.uk

Food and drink policy update from Diane Bruxvoort

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.

no-hot-foodYou 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.
Best,
Diane

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Diane Bruxvoort
University Librarian and Director of Library Special Collections and Museums
University of Aberdeen