Microform collection now available again

The relocation of the microform collection within The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) has now been completed, so that our users are again able to consult, and print from, our wide-ranging collection of often fascinating materials in miniature.

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Microfiche Area on Floor 2 of TSDRL

They are now located on Floor 2 of TSDRL, on the east side of the building. The microform reader and some of the collection are housed in the reader carrel on that floor, with the majority of the collection being kept on shelves located just outside the reader carrel.

The collection contains miniaturised Times and New York Times dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries respectively, alongside some intriguingly titled materials, such as Hibernian Horrors and, dating from 1928, Five hundred Eskimo words: a comparative vocabulary from Greenland and central Eskimo dialects. The collection contains some valuable resources which we just do not have access to in any other format.

To find these resources on Primo simply include “microform” when you are doing a search.

If you need any help with using this collection please speak with the library staff based at our Information Centre on Floor 1 of TSDRL.


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

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