Did you know…? – Returning books

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Worried about library books being due back?

We can reassure you that you don’t need to worry about returning your library books during the lockdown period.

Your books will be automatically renewed while the library buildings are closed.

So, holding on to your books for now will not incur fines or stop you from graduating.

Returning books would probably involve non-essential travel, which doesn’t comply with Scottish Government guidance.

We’ll get in touch via University email to update you once the situation changes.

If you have any questions, please contact library staff, who will be happy to help, or check out our website for the latest information on your Library services.

Did You Know…? – Managing exam stress

In this post we would like to make you aware of the services which are there to support you. The Student Channel also provides useful tips and advice on studying from home and to help you reduce exam stress.

More information:

Wishing all our students very best of luck with their exams. Please remember to contact Library staff if there is anything we can help with.

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 – 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