Click & Collect and Scan & Send Services have now restarted

The Library’s Click and Collect Service, and the Special Collections and Museums Scan & Send Service, have now restarted, following a short suspension.

Our Click & Collect Service, which allows readers to request items which are currently available in any of our libraries and then collect them from The Sir Duncan Rice Library, will allow our users to place requests by logging in to Primo. Staff will then fetch the items and issue them, and readers will be informed by e-mail when the books are available for collection.

Please note that this service is currently for items that are not on loan. Items held at the Medical and Taylor Libraries may take a little longer to provide, as we will need to retrieve them on demand and bring them to TSDRL.

After you have received an email notifying you that the item is available for collection, you should come to the front of The Sir Duncan Rice Library between 13.00 and 16.00. When collecting items, we ask readers to observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines. You will require your ID card to collect items and only 1 person at a time will be permitted to enter the collection area.

Any items not collected within 5 working days will be returned and reshelved following quarantining.

Special Collections will also be providing a Scan and Send Service to enable digital rather than physical access by researchers.

Further details on both of these services can be found on the Library website.

Returning Books and Planning for the Restart of Library Services

Library books can now be returned by using the external book drop slot at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, following the move to Phase 2 of the Scottish route map. Please use this facility for any of your University Library books, irrespective of which of our Library sites you borrowed the book from.

You will need a current student, or staff, ID card to use the book drop slot. If you have any difficulties in using this facility, please contact Library staff on

Also, the Library is now in the process of planning how we can begin to restart some services for our students and the wider academic community. Details on this planning are available on our website.

Did you know…? – Library FAQs are available to help during building closures

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As the Library buildings at the University of Aberdeen are currently closed during the Coronavirus lockdown, we would like to highlight a series of FAQs that we have compiled to help students and staff.

The FAQs answer questions you may have at this time, such as:

  • How can I access the Library’s digital resources when off-campus?
  • How can I contact Library staff?
  • There are items on my reading list that are only available in print. What can I do to access them?
  • Can I return books that I currently have on loan?

Visit our dedicated Coronavirus webpage to see the answers to these and other questions you might have about the Library. Our buildings might be closed, but Library staff are still working, to continue supporting study, teaching and research.

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
  • 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:

Wellcome seeks comments on implementing the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The University of Aberdeen Library invites members of our academic community to submit comments on Wellcome’s new Open Access Policy, to help in the development of guidance around this issue.

Wellcome has published draft guidance for funded research organisations on implementing the principles set out in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The requirement to publicly commit to the DORA principles is a key element of Wellcome’s new Open Access Policy which will come into force in January 2021.

To help them shape and refine the guidance, they are now inviting feedback. Simon Bains, University Librarian, is leading on a response for Aberdeen, and welcomes any comments by 5pm on Wednesday 19 February. Please send any comments to

New Primo to launch on January 13 – Library staff here to help

The Library will be launching the new version of Primo on Monday, January 13, and we want to let you know about the support available to help you use it to find materials for your studies and research. From Monday, January 13, library staff will be available to help with any questions you might have.

Drop-in Sessions on using Primo

From Tuesday, January 14, there will be specific drop-in sessions on the new Primo available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. These will take place in the co-labs on Floor 4 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library, at the following times:

  • 11.00
  • 11.30
  • 15.00
  • 15.30

These drop-in sessions will run on weekdays until Friday, January 24.

Bookable sessions on using Primo

In addition to these drop-in sessions, there will be bookable sessions on using Primo as part of our Find it Fast! series of library workshops. These will begin on Tuesday, January 21. You will be able to book places on these sessions via the Course Booking site.

Further guidance on using Primo

You will also find instruction on using Primo in the Library Guides section of our website. More support and guidance on Primo will be added to our website in the coming weeks.

Further information on this move to a new version of Primo can also be found on our website.

Did you know…? – Tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Did you know that we will be running open tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library over the next two weeks, starting this Thursday? These will be for all students, new and old. This is to make sure that as many people as possible get the chance to learn about the Library.

Library tours

From Thursday the 9th of January until Friday the 17th of January, come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm. There is no need to book a place and each tour group will contain a maximum of ten people.

The tours will last approximately 30 minutes. The tours by our friendly staff will introduce you to not only the beautiful building, but also the services and resources available from the library. We will also tell you:

  • How materials are organised in the building
  • How to begin borrowing the library books on your reading lists
  • How library staff can help you during your time at The University of Aberdeen

Please note that there will be no tours taking place at the weekends, but staff working then will still be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Library Service.

Please speak with staff in the Taylor and Medical Libraries for help in finding your way round their collections and spaces.

We look forward to showing you around, and also take this opportunity to wish you all good luck with the second semester. ​​