Summer Opening Hours for the Library

As summertime is upon us and exams are now over, the Library is now operating on its summer schedule. Opening hours for The Sir Duncan Rice Library are as follows:

The Sir Duncan Rice Library – Summer Vacation  

Monday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 – 20:00
Thursday 08:30 – 20:00
Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday Closed

The Taylor Library is open from 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and closed at weekends.

For those of you who still require longer hours to study, the Medical Library up at the Foresterhill campus is only a short walk from Old Aberdeen and is open until 10pm every night except Fridays and is also open on Sundays:

Medical Library – Term and Vacations  

Monday 09:00 – 22:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 22:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 22:00
Thursday 09:00 – 22:00
Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
Sunday 13:00 – 22:00

Please note that all Library sites will be closed on Monday 11th of July for Summer Holiday Monday.

Normal term hours for all sites will resume at the start of the 2016/17 academic year. Term begins on Monday 5th September 2016.

Happy holidays from all at the Library!

‘Ask A Librarian’ chat service currently unavailable

chatboxWe are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our live chat help service. Users trying to access the service via the library homepage will see a message explaining that we are offline. Efforts are underway with the service provider to fix the problem and we hope to resume normal operation as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, if you are on campus then please feel free to speak to our friendly library staff in person if you have any queries or need some help. Alternatively, you can contact the library via email:

Solar eclipse – view from the Library

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This morning’s solar eclipse was rather impressive, despite preceding weather reports which suggested that we might see nothing at all due to cloudy conditions. The Sir Duncan Rice Library offered excellent views of the event, with all 3 meeting rooms on the 7th floor bustling with staff and students eager to watch proceedings unfold. Several pairs of dark glasses had thoughtfully been provided, and as the sky went dark we could see crowds of people outside gazing to the heavens as the semi-dark cast an eerie atmosphere across the campus and far out to sea. The passing clouds also created a slight rainbow effect, which you can hopefully just about discern in the photos here.

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Hopefully you were able to enjoy it yourself. If not then never fear, there’ll be another good one along in 2026. In the meantime, why not go and read the Tintin classic Prisoners of the Sun, in which a total solar eclipse plays a key part in events? Now that’s what I call making good use of an inter library loan.


Library Guides – how to do just about anything!

help-99085_1280Did you know that the University’s Library, Museums and Special Collections have produced a wide-ranging series of factsheets designed to help you with all aspects of using the University’s vast range of resources? From the simple stuff such as how to find a book to more in-depth guides on how to use specific databases like LION, Medline and Westlaw or referencing software such as RefWorks, there’s a guide out there to assist you with pretty much anything that you’re trying to do. IT Services also have their own range of guides to help with technical matters such as printing, configuring your wireless connection and using various software.

New guides just added include one on using the Linkbuilder tool on Westlaw UK and a quick guide to the OGEL database.

Guides can be found under the Help and Support tab on the Library homepage. Have a look and see if there’s something there that can help you!

New InfoLinks layout

As you can see, we have implemented an exciting new look for the InfoLinks blog!

Additions include a list of helpful links on the right hand side of the home page to remind you about the other blogs for the different areas that make up the Library here at the University – The Medical Library and the Taylor Library both have their own sites giving you constant updates, as do Museums and the Special Collections Centre.

As ever, you can still find useful information at the content links at the top, whether you’re an undergraduate, taught postgraduate, research postgraduate or a member of staff.

Hopefully you like the new look; we will continue to bring you the latest and most useful news about all that’s going on across the Library, Special Collections & Museums and an assortment of other information that you might find useful.

InfoLinks upgrade on the way

We’re currently working on an updated appearance for this blog to make it a more attractive and useful way of keeping in touch with what’s going on in the libraries at the University of Aberdeen.

As a result, InfoLinks may be unavailable for a short period this afternoon while the changes are implemented.

Thanks for your patience and we hope you like the new version when it arrives!