About elainefitzgerald

I work as an Information Assistant in the Subject & Enquiry team at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen.

Did you know…? – Using the different bins correctly

green recycling symbol

Did you know that most takeaway coffee cups (including the ones from University catering outlets) are not currently recycled? However the plastic lid and card sleeve can be recycled.

The University currently recycles 65% of its waste and is well on the way to achieving the target of 70% recycled by 2025 that was set by the Scottish Government as part of the Zero Waste Scotland Plan.

The things which can be recycled in the green mixed recycling bins include: plastic bottles and tubs, metal cans and foil trays, non-confidential paper and thin card. Here’s a handy poster showing what can and can’t be recycled- https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/images/layout/DMR_Recycle_Here(2).pdf.

Important- contaminating recycling with food or liquids can lead to whole loads being thrown away! Please rinse food and drink containers to avoid this.

We have special grey bins for confidential paper waste, which can be found next to the MFDs in the library.

Most other waste goes in the black/white general waste bins. The only thing to avoid here is hazardous waste. This includes electrical items, batteries, chemicals and clinical waste.

Of course, best practice is to cut down on your waste as much as possible to start with.

Thanks for being responsible citizens! 😊

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk  

Did you know…? – Taking library books abroad

Airplane_Landing_Taking items abroad

Did you know how to seek permission to take library books abroad?  

For books from The Sir Duncan Rice Library- speak to a member of the Subject and Enquiry team (offices on Floors 4-6), who will then ask you to complete a form. Ideally, go to the office on the floor nearest to where the book came from- for example if you have mainly Art books from Floor 4, then go to the Floor 4 office or for Engineering books go to the Floor 5 office. 

The library staff member will check if it is suitable for the books to be taken abroad and finish filling out the form with you. The important thing to remember is that all our books are subject to recall, so if this happens while you are abroad then you will need to post the item back.   

For Taylor (Law) or the Medical library, please speak to a member of staff at the respective Issue Desks.  

Happy travels! 

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk 

Bookable Group Study Spaces in our Libraries

Did you know that there are bookable group study spaces across all three of our libraries?

There are three Group Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Floor 7: Two rooms on the West side of Floor 7 (turn right out of the lifts). Each has a PC and plasma screen and can accommodate up to 8. Remember to collect the key at the Floor 1 Information Centre before going upstairs!

Floor 1: One basic room with a large table and chairs but no screen, which can accommodate up to 12. It is near the SE corner of Floor 1 (turn left out of the lifts and head across the floor).

How to book:

Bookings are for 1-hour slots and each group can book up to 2 hours per day.

6 Group Study Pods/Desks

These new spaces in The Sir Duncan Rice Library are in a large room in the SW corner of Floor 1 (turn right out of the lifts and go past the Heavy Demand section).

group study pods

Book your slot online here: www.abdn.ac.uk/studenthub/login. You can book for up to 2 hours per day.

Each of these spaces has a plasma screen, power sockets and USB charging points. As there’s no in-built PC, you’ll need to connect one of your devices to the screen using the cables provided.

Taylor and Medical Libraries

There are also bookable group study spaces in these two libraries. Please speak with staff at their issue desks for details on booking these spaces.

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk


Primo videos

Need help with using Primo? Watch our videos and discover how to use Primo, the Library’s discovery tool, to find specific books or books on a topic. Our videos also cover journal searches and the processes of planning and executing a search.  More videos to follow soon!  

Our videos can be accessed at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/information-skills-179.php#panel547.

Please email eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk or e.grant@abdn.ac.uk if you have any questions!  


Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk


Term Time Opening Hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

opening hours (mw)

Welcome and Happy New Year to our new students!

Monday 08.00 – 00.00
Tuesday 08.00 – 00.00
Wednesday 08.00 – 00.00
Thursday 08.00 – 00.00
Friday 08.00 – 00.00
Saturday 09.00 – 22.00
Sunday 11.00 – 00.00


The Information Centre, located on Floor 1, is staffed from 09.00 to 22.00, except Sunday when the library opens at 11.00.

During the Exam period the library is open 24/7.

If you need a break from studying the Hardback Café is located on the Ground Floor.  Find their opening hours by following the link: – www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/working-here/food-drink-and-retail-440.php

Special Collections Centre is situated on the lower ground floor.  Find their opening hours by following the link: – www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/about/contact-us-110.php

Mhorag Watson, mhorag.watson@abdn.ac.uk