COVID-19 – Temporary access to additional electronic resources during Library closures

As academic libraries worldwide are committed to continuing support for teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak, many publishers have made online resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases freely available.

Students and staff at the University of Aberdeen can now access more books and research materials than covered by our normal licences and subscriptions. Details on specific collections are available from our designated Library page, which will be updated regularly as changes are made to these temporary resources.

In addition to this highlighting of expanded content from commercial organisations, we plan on providing information about relevant and appropriate Open Access resources. Bookmark our web page!

bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates

 

 

COVID-19 – Continued Access to Library Resources and Services during Library Closures: FAQs Update

As of 17:00, Friday 20 March, all University of Aberdeen Library buildings are closed. This includes the Special Collections Centre and all Museums.

updatesAs a result of the current situation, we are receiving a lot of questions relating to the provision of Library resources and services. Please see our FAQs section on the Library website for answers to frequently asked questions and the latest information. The page is updated on a regular basis. 

We would like to reassure all students and academic staff that a digital library service will continue to be available while our physical libraries are closed, and we will continue to support study, teaching and research.

Library staff will be monitoring email accounts and will be available to answer any general enquiries during office hours.

For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline: bit.ly/InfoConsultants

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

COVID-19 – Library Closures: Update as of Wednesday 18th March, 11:15

To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Taylor Library and Medical Library closed at 17:00 on Tuesday 17th March until further notice.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will remain open until 17:00 on Friday 20th March and will close at 20:00 on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March. The Hardback Café and Library Gallery have now closed.

Wolfson Reading Room – as of Tuesday 17th March, physical access to the Wolfson Reading Room has been suspended. Service updates will be provided via our webpages https://www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/

For all libraries:

  • Any borrowed items will automatically be renewed until further notice. Loans will not become overdue and no fines will accrue.
  • If you require additional loans while the Library is closed we will be happy to extend loan allowances by up to 10 items – please bring items to the Information Centre for issuing in advance of Friday 20th March at 16:45.
  • The option to request items that are currently on loan has been removed from Primo.
  • Items can be retrieved from Taylor Library and closed access stores until 15:00 on Friday 20th March by contacting library@abdn.ac.uk
  • Book order requests – we strongly recommend choosing items in electronic format to maximise availability for students who are now working at a distance
  • We are unable to process new Inter-Library Loan requests as many university libraries are no longer supporting this service while they prepare their COVID-19 contingency plans.

The Library web pages will be regularly updated with FAQs. Library staff will be monitoring email accounts and will be available to answer any general enquiries during office hours.

Please get in touch, and we will do our best to help  – contact details below.

For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/contacts-106.php#panel162

COVID-19 – Library Closures

To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, Taylor Library and Medical Library closed at 5 pm on Tuesday 17th March until further notice. 

The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will remain open until 5 pm on Friday 20th March, and will close at 8pm on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March. The Hardback Café and Library Gallery have now closed.

For all libraries:

  • Any borrowed items will automatically be renewed until further notice. Loans will not become overdue and no fines will accrue
  • The option to request items that are currently on loan has been removed from Primo. Items can be retrieved from closed access stores until 5pm on Friday 20th March by contacting library@abdn.ac.uk
  • Book order requests – we strongly recommend choosing items in electronic format to maximise availability for students who are now working at a distance
  • We are unable to process new Inter-Library Loan requests as many university libraries are no longer supporting this service while they prepare their COVID-19 contingency plans.

The Library web pages will be regularly updated with FAQs. Library staff will be monitoring email accounts and will be available to answer any general enquiries during office hours. Please get in touch, and we will do our best to help  – contact details below.

For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/contacts-106.php#panel162

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – service update: site libraries closure

To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Taylor Library and Medical Library will be closed from 5 pm today (Tuesday 17th March) until further notice.

Staff will be monitoring email accounts and will be available to answer any general enquiries during office hours. Please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.

Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk
Medical Library: medlib@abdn.ac.uk

For subject enquiries related to the Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Sciences, please contact Mel Bickerton m.bickerton@abdn.ac.uk

Janet MacKay, j.i.mackay@abdn.ac.uk, is the contact for any Law subject-related queries

The Sir Duncan Rice Library currently remains open. To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), The Sir Duncan Rice Library is currently only open to:

  • students and staff of the University of Aberdeen
  • external members of the library

Full details on changes to Library Services can be found on our website.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library: change in opening hours

From Thursday 12 March, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will close every night at 22:00 instead of midnight to allow for intensive cleaning. The University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is making every effort to ensure our buildings are clean and safe for our community.

Study spaces in the MacRobert Building will remain available 24/7.

The University is following national guidance and our plans are under continuous review. At the moment we are still preparing for 24-hour opening of The Sir Duncan Rice Library from 19 April in the lead up to the May diet of exams, but we will continue to monitor the situation and update you of developments.

While the University is increasing cleaning of buildings, staff and students should continue to follow NHS guidance on personal hygiene, including:

  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into a flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the bin, and wash your hands

Soap supplies are checked regularly but please let a member of staff know immediately if soap needs to be replenished.

More information and FAQs can be found at www.abdn.ac.uk/coronavirus.

If you have a question that is not included in our FAQs, please email coronavirus@abdn.ac.uk