Exciting new chapter for The Sir Duncan Rice Library

A significant redesign of a large area of The Sir Duncan Rice Library is underway. We are delighted to announce that the space behind the Gallery on the Ground Floor is being altered to provide:

  • a lending, self-service collection provided by Aberdeen City Libraries
  • a range of new furniture and services to support the well-being of our users

For more information, visit our page:

Old Aberdeen Library in progress


Library talk tomorrow: William Elphinstone and Scotland’s First Books

elphinstoneIf you are Interested in the history of books and the history of the University of Aberdeen you are in for a treat tomorrow evening. In conjunction with the Special Collections Centre’s current exhibition, Elphinstone: Renaissance in the North, there will be a talk tomorrow evening (26 February) by Professor Jane Stevenson, Regius Chair of Humanity, in the Seminar Room on the lower ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

The talk begins by asking ‘what is an early Scottish book’? After a brief look at the history of books in Scotland, Professor Stevenson will turn to a consideration of the first Scots to be involved with printing and publication, and the involvement of Bishop Elphinstone with Scotland’s first press. The talk will also look at Elphinstone as an author and a book-owner.

The hour-long talk will begin at 6pm tomorrow evening and there is no booking required. Further details available here.

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Wolfram Mathematica Roadshow to take place across campus

Wolfram Mathematica is a piece of software designed for technical computing, across many disciplines, and the University has recently purchased it for the use of staff and students. And in support of this purchase a range of events are taking place across campus on Wednesday and Thursday this week, to give staff and students the opportunity to learn about the software.

General details on this visit can be found here: www.wolfram.com/events/mathematica-sessions-aberdeen-2014/

They will also be offering some basic training and also some specialised sessions for Biology & Medicine, Business & Finance, Physics, and Engineering.  Please register for these training sessions at:


In addition to these bookable sessions there will also be an opportunity to speak with representatives from Wolfram in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. The event in TSDRL will be based on the ground floor. There is no need to book for the event in TSDRL, so please feel free to go and speak with them as you come and go from the library.


Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk