The winter break is almost here, bringing with it the opportunity for a much-needed rest from study and research. And before the Winter Term closes, we would like to let you know the opening hours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library during the winter break and public holidays.
All libraries at the University of Aberdeen will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, 23 December and reopen again on Thursday, 6 January.
Full details of the opening hours at our other two library sites, Taylor Library and Medical Library can be found on our website.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library is open 24/7 until Friday, 17 December when we will close at 22.00. We will then be open at the times given below.
Saturday 18 December
9:00 – 13:00
Sunday 19 December
Monday 20 – Thursday 23 December
8:30 – 17:00
24 December 2021 – 5 January 2022
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 January
8:30 – 17:00
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 January
Monday 10 January
8:00 – 00:00 (Normal Term Hours Resume)
Wishing all of our readers a safe, well-deserved holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in January for the start of the new term.
In the lead up to the assessment period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this goes into effect, and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday November 21 and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 17, 2021.
Please note that your ID card is still required for access to the building – please ensure you have your ID card as access after 22.00 will not be permitted without it.
Over this period, it is important that you are aware of the following:
The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.
Please respect the building and your fellow library users:
Properly fitted face coverings are a legal requirement and must be worn while seated in the building. Please wear a sunflower lanyard if you are exempt.
No food is allowed in the building except for in the café area.
Bottled water only in the Library.
Tidy up after yourself – use the sanitary wipes and bins which are available on each of the floors.
Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.
Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre, Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).
Please remember to check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Medical and Taylor Libraries are currently open for our students and staff. We are unable to provide library access to members of the public.
Remember to bring your staff/student card as access will be via swipe card at the main entrance. Card scanning at the security gates is compulsory to comply with current Government Test and Protect obligations.
Please only approach Library Staff who are seated behind support desk screens.
We continue to welcome all University users who have no suitable alternative study space available to them. If a user is unable to evacuate unaided, we require prior arrangement before we can allow access – please contact email@example.com for assistance.
A Click and Collect service is available through Primo, for those who prefer not to come into the library at present. This is a next day service and is available Monday to Friday. An email notification is issued when the requested items are available for collection. You can find more information about the Click & Collect service here.
We’ve made some important changes in response to new Covid-19 restrictions in mainland Scotland. Please take some time to review the changes before you visit.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will be open 10:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday from Monday 11 January. The Medical and Taylor libraries will open at a later date when it is safe to do so.
There will be access to a limited number of study spaces in TSDRL however we ask that you use these spaces only if you have no other suitable study space available to you.
Books are only available on our Click and Collect Service and cannot be accessed freely on the shelves. (This is a Scottish Government requirement)
We recognise the enormous value of the Library to our students and are working extremely hard to offer you Library services during this challenging time. Please help us by taking care to understand the rules and only visiting in person if you have an essential need. Please check the updated FAQ later on Monday 11 January, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot find answers to your questions.
If you have queries or comments specifically about our COVID-19 measures, please get in touch with email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming to the Library our new and returning students and helping you make the most of the Library’s resources and services, whether you are based off- or on-campus. Our staff are here to help so please get in touch with any queries you may have about the Library service.
For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline. Contact details for ICs are available here.
When searching for books on your Reading List, or other resources, use the Library’s discovery tool Primo. This is the recommended access route to our extensive e-resources, digital collections and databases. Primo also provides information about our printed resources.
Our comprehensive Library guides offer detailed answers to any questions you may have about our resources. If you haven’t used Primo before, you may find the following guides helpful:
If you have any problems with your device or accessing information, please contact the IT Service Desk. Contact information can be found here.
Visiting the Library
If you’re coming to the library in person, don’t forget to wear a mask throughout your time in the building. Full details of the COVID-19 rules and regulations and adaptations to our services that we have implemented can be found in this earlier blog post.
Please note that there is now a webpage on our site where you can see the current occupancy of the TSDRL and Taylor libraries. The page is available here.
Please come and find us on our social media channels to keep up with news from the Library. Once again, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all our students and wish you all a happy start to the new academic year.
We have worked to reorganise our library spaces and services to ensure that they are COVID-19 safe for all of our staff and students. This work has followed Scottish Government guidance and has involved Library, Estates and Health and Safety professionals at the University. In order to allow safe access to resources and study spaces we have had to make a number of changes and the arrangements are outlined here. Please take the time to review these changes before you visit. We will continue to review our approach and welcome your feedback.
From Monday 14th September The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
From Monday 21st September, it is anticipated the hours will be extended and will include weekends – further details will be confirmed shortly.
Plans are progressing for the re-opening of the Medical Library at Foresterhill and the Taylor Law Library – dates for re-opening will be confirmed soon.
We are increasing the amount of cleaning being done throughout the building and introducing regular touch point cleaning. We ask our users to help by washing hands regularly, using sanitiser on entrance and elsewhere (it is provided on all floors) and using wipes to clean keyboards and printer/scanners. We also ask that no food or drink (except bottled water) be brought into the building.
It is also a legal requirement that face coverings are worn all the time you are in the building, unless using the café (see details below).
We need to maintain 2 metre physical distancing in the building and this has meant a substantial reduction to the number of desks we have available at this stage. We are providing 170 desks on the upper floors (of which, 22 have PCs). When we reach this number of users through the security gates, we will be unable to allow anyone else through until people leave. There will be a queuing system in place on the ground floor to allow a small number of people to wait. However, we do not expect to reach capacity in our first week of opening. We cannot provide for group working in the building. The building will be open to University of Aberdeen students and staff. External Library members cannot access the building but can use the Click & Collect service by arrangement. Access to visitors including schools and the general public is not yet possible.
The Special Collections Reading Room
Our Scan & Send service will continue to operate, enabling digital rather than physical access by researchers. Images will be provided for research, rather than publication purposes, and large-scale digitisation will not be possible as we focus on supporting numerous requests. We will try to prioritise photography and scanning according to the urgency of need.
From 14 September, in-person bookable access to the Reading Room is possible for University of Aberdeen staff and students. Research visits will be limited to enable social distancing and enquiries should be made at least one week in advance.
Books and other printed materials are available to browse and borrow but need to be placed on the quarantine trolleys provided after use, unless being borrowed.
We will also continue to provide our Click and Collect service to allow you to order items for collection at the entrance.
In order to protect staff and students we aim to keep interactions to a minimum. Library staff should only be approached if absolutely necessary and when they are behind screens at service desks.
We plan to reopen the Hardback Café with appropriate safety arrangements in place and will provide news about this in due course.
Whilst we are looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to The Sir Duncan Rice Library, please work with us by taking care to understand the requirements, being patient about these new procedures and following all the guidelines. This will help us avoid the need to impose further restrictions and make it easier for the Library staff working in the building.
A summary of our new building use requirements
These signs will be displayed on digital screens in the Library, to remind you when you enter the building.
Please observe the following rules when you visit:
Remember to bring your staff/student card as access to The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be provided via swipe card through the card-controlled door to the left of the main sliding entrance door. Card scanning at the security gates is compulsory to meet Government Test and Protect obligations.
Use hand sanitiser on entry and exit and wash hands or use sanitiser during your stay
Wear your face covering at all times or display your lanyard or show your exemption card if you are unable to wear a face covering
Maintain two metre social distancing and follow the designated one-way routes
Clean surfaces, PCs and Multi Function Devices (MFDs) after use with the wipes provided
Place any handled books which you do not subsequently borrow on the trolleys provided
Only approach Library staff who are seated behind support desk screens
Note that no food or drink other than water is permitted in the building.
Once in the building:
Lifts to be used by one person at a time, so please leave more time to move around the building
Only study spaces marked with a tick can be used, allowing 2m distancing
The water stations on each floor will not be available – please bring your own water (no other food or drink must be consumed in the building)
Due to the current restrictions and physical distancing, assisted evacuation from upper floors is not possible. However, study spaces will be provided on the ground floor for users who cannot safely access other floors.
Please speak to a member of staff at the Welcome Desk if you have any concerns or require assistance. Our updates page is at bit.ly/COVID-19LibraryUpdates
The Library will be offering a Click and Collect Service while we are unable to allow entry into our libraries.
Our Click & Collect Service, which allows readers to request items which are currently available in any of our libraries and then collect them from The Sir Duncan Rice Library, will allow our users to place requests by logging in to Primo. Staff will then fetch the items and issue them, and readers will be informed by e-mail when the books are available for collection.
Please note that this service is currently for items that are not on loan. Items held at the Medical and Taylor Libraries may take a little longer to provide, as we will need to retrieve them on demand and bring them to TSDRL.
After you have received an email notifying you that the item is available for collection, you should come to the front of The Sir Duncan Rice Library between 13.00 and 16.00. When collecting items, we ask readers to observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines. You will require your ID card to collect items and only 1 person at a time will be permitted to enter the collection area.
Any items not collected within 5 working days will be returned and reshelved following quarantining.
Special Collections will also be providing a Scan and Send Service to enable digital rather than physical access by researchers. This started on Monday 13 July.
Please note that there will be no other access to library buildings at this time. See our FAQs page for more information.
To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Taylor Library and Medical Libraryclosed at 17:00 on Tuesday 17th March until further notice.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL)will remain open until 17:00on 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
From Thursday 12 March, The Sir Duncan Rice Library will close every night at 22:00 instead of midnight to allow for intensive cleaning. The University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is making every effort to ensure our buildings are clean and safe for our community.
Study spaces in the MacRobert Building will remain available 24/7.
The University is following national guidance and our plans are under continuous review. At the moment we are still preparing for 24-hour opening of The Sir Duncan Rice Library from 19 April in the lead up to the May diet of exams, but we will continue to monitor the situation and update you of developments.
While the University is increasing cleaning of buildings, staff and students should continue to follow NHS guidance on personal hygiene, including:
Regularly washing your hands with soap and water
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into a flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the bin, and wash your hands
Soap supplies are checked regularly but please let a member of staff know immediately if soap needs to be replenished.