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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – service update: site libraries closure

To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Taylor Library and Medical Library will be closed from 5 pm today (Tuesday 17th March) until further notice.

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 you.

Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk
Medical Library: medlib@abdn.ac.uk

For subject enquiries related to the Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Sciences, please contact Mel Bickerton m.bickerton@abdn.ac.uk

Janet MacKay, j.i.mackay@abdn.ac.uk, is the contact for any Law subject-related queries

The Sir Duncan Rice Library currently remains open. To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), The Sir Duncan Rice Library is currently only open to:

  • students and staff of the University of Aberdeen
  • external members of the library

Full details on changes to Library Services can be found on our website.

Macmillan Bake Sale

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It’s almost time for the annual Bake Sale in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Last year we managed to raise a fantastic £628!

This year the sale will take place on Friday 27th September between 10am and 12 noon on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Please come along, grab your favourite beverage from the café, and show your support by purchasing some of the lovely home bakes on offer.

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Welcome to the Library Service

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As the new academic year begins and the campuses fill with new and returning students, Library staff would like to wish everyone all the very best for the coming year at the University of Aberdeen.

Read on to learn (or remind yourself) of some of the ways in which the Library is here to help you.

Library Tours

Library tours

Following on from our already fully booked Library Tours, which will take place on September 2 and 3, we will be running additional short tours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library starting on Wednesday September 4 and running until Friday September 20 for all students, new and old.

Come and meet staff on the ground floor of the library at 10am or 2pm, there is no need to book. 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.

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

Locating Library Resources

You can search Primo, to find out what materials the Library has on the shelves and online. Primo is the first place to begin any searching you may be doing for books, ebooks, journal articles or any of the other high-quality resources available to you. Also, be sure to check out our Primo Library Guide, as well as our short videos on using Primo

Getting help in our libraries 

Library staff are here to help you locate the materials you need or answer any questions you may have about our service.

Staff are available Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00, in each of our three libraries to help in person. There is a reduced service at all three sites outwith these hours, but staff are still available to help.

For general enquiries within The Sir Duncan Rice Library about our services please speak with staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1.

For more subject-specific assistance in The Sir Duncan Rice Library you will find staff with knowledge of the collections on Floors 4-6. They will either be based at the clearly marked Information Points, or they will be available to help in the Enquiry Offices which are located right beside them. More details on staff help available here.

The Taylor Library and the Medical Library also have very knowledgeable staff happy to field any enquiries you may have about their collections. Please come and speak to them.

We are here to help you find the library materials you need throughout your time here at the University of Aberdeen and are ready and waiting for your questions. And don’t ever be embarrassed to ask us a question because you think it might be a silly question. There are no silly questions, only questions, and we love to hear them all.

Remember to visit our website, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as keep up to date with any Library news on this blog.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

Welcome information: ID cards

Your ID card is your Library card

All registered students and staff of the University of Aberdeen are entitled to free membership of the Library. Details of borrowing entitlements can be found here.

Students are automatically made members of the Library when they register with the university. Your ID card is also your Library card. Remember to bring it with you every time you wish to access the Library or borrow material.

Self-service kiosks for borrowing material can be found on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, in the Heavy Demand area on Floor 1 and on Floors 4 & 6. In Taylor and Medical libraries, take the items you wish to borrow to the nearest Issue Desk together with your ID card.

We will soon publish another post with details on borrowing.

ID card pick-up locations 

-New students who are staying in University accommodation: you will get your ID card when you pick up your accommodation keys. If your card is not with your keys, then you will need to collect it separately from the Infohub stall in the GP Hall at Hillhead on Saturday 31st Aug or Sunday 1st Sept between 09:30 and 16:30.

If your card isn’t ready, it could be because your photo wasn’t approved in time, was rejected or has not been uploaded yet. There will be photo upload and ID card printing facilities on site at Hillhead so ID cards will be produced on the day where needed. If you are arriving after move-in weekend and your card is not with your keys, then you will need to collect your ID card from Elphinstone Hall.

-All other new students can pick up their cards from Elphinstone Hall between 2nd Sept and 20th Sept. After this date, students should go to Infohub at 91 High Street.
There will be photo upload and ID card printing facilities on site in Elphinstone and student ambassadors on hand to produce ID cards on the day where needed. The full layout for registration services can be seen here.

-PhD students: ID card pick-up is the same for Postgraduate Research students, however, PGRs will need to visit Infohub after picking up their card so that their curriculum can be made live.

-If students need to complete a Visa check, they should do this after collecting their card in order to complete registration. Visa checks can be done at the Immigration team desk in Elphinstone Hall or at Infohub.

-Distance learners can request for their ID card to be printed and sent out by emailing infohub@abdn.ac.uk from their university email account. Make sure to include: full name, student ID number and full address including postcode.

Problems with cards

If a student card is not working then a new one can be printed almost instantly at Infohub depending on the reason. Any card that is reprinted will always take overnight to activate and there is no way to speed this up.

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If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to come and speak to a member of Library staff.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library
Bedford Road
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3AA

Tel: 0044 (0) 1224 273330
Email: library@abdn.ac.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/biblio.teque
Twitter: @aberdeenunilib

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Many thanks to staff at Infohub for all the information they have provided!

 

Monday 8 July: The Sir Duncan Rice Library currently closed

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is currently closed, due to an issue with the fire alarm.
We will provide an update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a study space, the Taylor and Medical Libraries are open as normal today. Campus maps can be found here. Just scroll down to ‘Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre’ or ‘Medical Library’.

The 9U bus service runs between the Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill campuses on a half-hourly basis for most of the day. Timetables can be found here.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.