UPDATE: Stock move – Floor 5

All the trolleys are gone! We’ve completed the stock move on Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library in advance of the start of the teaching term as planned.

The History & Philosophy of Science sequence (books with the prefix Sc in the shelf mark) now appear directly after the Reference sequence (books with the prefix Ref in the shelf mark). Labelling on the ends of the shelves has been updated but if you have any difficulties finding relevant books please speak with Eleni or Vivien on Floor 5.

Eleni Papadakou (e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk) & Vivien Logan (v.logan@abdn.ac.uk)

INFO: Library – stock move (Floor 5)

As there are fewer students than normal in The Sir Duncan Rice Library at this time of the year we’re undertaking some book moves on Floor 5. Work will start on Thursday 7 January and will be finished well in advance of the start of term (Monday 18 January).

During the move a portion of the stock will be stored on trolleys on the floor. If you have any difficulties finding relevant books, or want to know more about what we’re doing (and why!), just speak with Eleni or Vivien on Floor 5.

Eleni Papadakou (e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk) & Vivien Logan (v.logan@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!

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

The Sir Duncan Rice Library open this Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

Welcome to all our new and ‘returning’ students.

If you would like to take a look around, or begin preparations for your courses, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be open this Sunday, 6th September, from 11.00 to 17.00 in advance of term opening hours which begin on Monday 7th. The Hardback Cafe, located on the Ground Floor of the Library, will be open from 11.30 to 15.00.

For anyone near the Foresterhill Campus, the Medical Library is open from 09.00 to 22.00 on Saturday 5th, and 13.00 – 22.00 on Sunday 6th September.

Library Services

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is open for business as usual (Monday 31st August)

We are happy to announce that The Sir Duncan Rice Library is open for business as usual. Thank you for being so understanding during the closure, and we look forward to seeing you in the Library.

Diane Bruxvoort
University Librarian and Director

 

Update on services and facilities at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Wed 26 August 2015

Arrangements are now in place to bring in a power unit for The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) and, following testing, we expect the building to reopen on 31 August 2015.

In the meantime the Library Team has put in place the following arrangements:

Fetching Service for Items from the Collections

Please note:

  • There is now a daily fetching service retrieving items from TSDRL collections on Floors 1 to 7
  • Search for the item(s) you want and place an online request at http://primo.abdn.ac.uk:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do  – select Taylor Library as the Pickup Location
  • If you request an item before 12 noon it will be available for collection from Taylor Library from 3pm the same day
  • You will also be notified by e-mail when the item is available for collection

If you need help please contact Linda McIntyre: Tel. 01224 273824;
Email. l.mcintyre@abdn.ac.uk.

Enquiries

Enquiries are being dealt with as normal. Please email the Library at library@abdn.ac.uk or contact the Information Consultant for your subject area – details are available at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/contacts/ic/ or Tel. 01224 27 3330.

Room Bookings for TSDRL Rooms

All bookings for the week of 24 August have been rescheduled to alternative locations. If you have a room booked you should already have been advised of this. As a contingency alternative locations for bookings in the week of 31 August are being sourced. If you have a booking during next week you will be contacted about it. If you need more information contact Emma Fowlie: Tel. 01224 273385; Email. e.fowlie@abdn.ac.uk.

Information Point at TSDRL

Library staff will be available at an Information Point on the Ground Floor of the The Sir Duncan Rice Library 09.00 – 17.00 each weekday until the Library re-opens to help direct readers to alternative locations for services. Please note – there will be no access to the building for users or visitors (see Fetching Service above for details of how to obtain books for loan).

Return of Items on Loan

You can return items to the Taylor Library (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/taylor/ ) or the Medical Library (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/med/ ) at Foresterhill. If you have any queries regarding returns or problems getting items back to us, please contact Linda McIntyre: Tel. 01224 273824; Email. l.mcintyre@abdn.ac.uk.

Inter Library Loans

Inter Library Loans are being administered from the Taylor Library while TSDRL is closed.  You can collect and return items at the Issue Desk there.  Queries can be directed to: Alyson Petrie: Tel.  01224 272601; Email. alyson.petrie@abdn.ac.uk.

Library Membership Queries

Library Memberships can still be issued or renewed at either Taylor Library or Medical Library. For any queries relating to these or ID card issues contact: Marion Blacklaw: Tel. 01224 273767; Email. m.blacklaw@abdn.ac.uk.

Fines

All fines for TSDRL loanable items incurred during the closure period will be waived.

Special Collections Centre and The Gallery

The Special Collections Centre and Ground Floor Gallery remain closed until further notice.

Nearby Classroom PC Facilities

For students needing access to Classroom PCs the nearest buildings with PC provisions are the Fraser Noble and Meston buildings. A full listings of computer classrooms available across campus is available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/class/where-pc.php .

Alternative Study Places

Many study places are available in either the Taylor Library or Medical Library. More details on study places across campus are available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/it/student/class/where-pc.php .

Printing, Binding and Reprographic Services

Thesis, dissertation and other binding and reprographic services will continue to run unaffected from the UniPrint office at 23 St Machar Drive (building no.3 on the map at    http://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/documents/OA-Campus-Map-2014.pdf ). Work previously submitted to the Print Shop in SDRL can be collected from the UniPrint office which is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Students should please print off your work from an MFD in Taylor Library or computing classroom before going to the UniPrint office.

Contact the UniPrint Reception: Tel. 01224 272825; Email uniprint@abdn.ac.uk

Business School Student Access to Datastream

The Datastream software has been installed temporarily on 3 PCs in the MacRobert Building (building 17 on the map at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/documents/OA-Campus-Map-2014.pdf), room 106 (first floor). Look out for ‘Datastream Enabled’ posters on the PCs.

Further News and Help

The News page on the Library, Special Collections and Museums website at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/ will be updated as required with announcements on services and facilities.

Please email the Library mailbox if you have any specific queries: library@abdn.ac.uk

Library Service
Tel. 01224 27 3330