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

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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

Busy library? Extra study (and café!) spaces

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.

Susan McCourt, s.mccourt@abdn.ac.uk

Problem Report: Primo and Ebrary

There are currently problems logging into Primo and Ebrary, and other Shibboleth authenticated resources. We are aware of the problems and IT Services staff are investigating as a matter of urgency. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant (Schools of Law and Business)
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

BBC’s 6 Radio celebrates libraries

From 08 to 21 November the BBC’s 6 Radio is celebrating the “wonder and awe” of libraries in Manchester and London.

In one feature, 6 Radio DJ Chris Hawkins, commissioned spoken-word and hip hop artist Scroobius Pip to write and recite a poem on how he feels about his local library. Simple but from the heart – we need more people to speak out about their local library. Listen here or read the QR barcode below to link to the website.

 

Scroobius Pip recites his poem  about his local library

 

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

 

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.

Advisory: Phishing attack aimed at Library users

A phishing attack has been identified this morning specifically aimed at library users. This email asks you to log in to a website and “reactivate” your library account. You should ignore this email and delete it immediately. As always – you should never divulge your login details to anyone.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk