Click and Collect Library Service

The Library will be offering a Click and Collect Service while we are unable to allow entry into our libraries.

SDRL tueOur 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.

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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.


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

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
  • 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:

The Sir Duncan Rice Library: change in opening hours

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.

More information and FAQs can be found at

If you have a question that is not included in our FAQs, please email

Celebrating our European links – event in The Sir Duncan Rice Library


Professor George Boyne, University Principal, and Professor Ruth Taylor, Vice-Principal for Education, will speak at an informal drop-in session taking place on Floor 7 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, on Friday 31 January 2020 between 13:00 and 15:00. The Principal will be announcing a new University fund to initiate additional research links with European universities and to strengthen existing links.

Staff from the University’s Human Resources, International and Research and Innovation teams will be on hand with advice on a broad range of issues connected to the UK’s departure from the EU, including information on immigration for EU staff and students, study abroad opportunities through Erasmus, and future arrangements for cross-European research partnerships.

This interactive event will also invite staff and students to share their ideas on how the University can continue to foster links with Europe and develop existing partnerships.

For more information, please visit:

Book sale at The Sir Duncan Rice Library- starts February 10

The Library Service will soon be holding a sale of books that have been withdrawn from library stock. These are books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required.

The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week, from Monday February 10 until Sunday February 16.

From Monday 10/2 to Wednesday 12/2 inclusive, the sale will only be available to University of Aberdeen students and staff. Please show your University ID card at purchase.

The sale will not start until 9 a.m. each day and 11 a.m. on Sunday, once staff begin work at the Information Centre on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You will not be able to purchase any books before the above times.

The cost of the books will be:

  • Hardback – 50 pence
  • Paperback – 25 pence
  • Cash till only – no cards.

There will be books available from across a whole range of subjects, and at those prices it is certainly worth coming and having a look to see what bargains you may be able to get.

Library Skills workshops to help you ‘Find it Fast!’

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Come along to one of our Find it Fast! sessions starting this week and learn all about new Primo and other resources available to you here at the University of Aberdeen.

Our Find it Fast! series of workshops is aimed at Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduate Students and covers:

  • using new Primo, our online resource discovery tool for locating physical and electronic resources
  • how to search for the hundreds of thousands of electronic books which we have access to
  • using the many online databases which we subscribe to. They contain important resources which you cannot find by searching in Google!
  • how to manage your references using RefWorks
  • getting the best out of Google

The workshops are held over lunch time in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and will run between 21 January and 12 February.

To find out more and book a place on one of these sessions, visit and change the category to Library Information Skills.

If you have any queries, please contact Eleni at

PhD students and new academic staff – Library & IT induction sessions now available for booking

Library and IT induction sessions for new PhD students and members of University staff are now available for booking on the University’s course booking system. Held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, these small group sessions are designed for academic staff and research postgraduate students new to the University of Aberdeen and provide a general introduction to The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) on the Old Aberdeen campus and Digital Research services.

There are three sessions on offer before the Christmas holidays but more will run monthly until June.

  • Tuesday   19   November:   10:00 – 11:30
  • Tuesday   26   November:   10:00 – 11:30 
  • Thursday 12  December:    14:00 – 15:30 

During the introduction we will cover:

  • How to get the best from our data storage, data management planning, high-performance computing (HPC) survey and collaboration tools
  • How the Library works, e.g. borrowing and requesting materials
  • Primo, the gateway to all the library resources here at UoA
  • Specialised academic databases suitable for your research
  • What library staff can do to support you in your research

This informal induction and tour provide an opportunity to meet with the Library’s Information Consultants and members of staff from Digital Research – ask any questions you may have about computing services or access to suitable library materials. For more detailed information on literature searching, book onto separate 2-hour workshops which run at key points through the year (normally November, February, April and June).

We look forward to meeting with any new PhD students or staff, to help you get the best out of our extensive resources while you carry out your research.

For  more information visit:

24 hour opening in The Sir Duncan Rice Library before and during Exams

In the lead up to the exam 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 happens 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 17, and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 13, 2019.

Please note that there will only be swipe card access after 22.00 – please ensure you have your ID card, as access will not be permitted without it.

Also, in the run up to and during the exams Floor 5 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be designated as a Silent Study Area across the whole floor. Please see our separate blog post for further details on this.

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:

  1. Hot and cold drinks in covered containers can be consumed in the Library.
  2. Cold food (preferably not with a strong smell or noisy!) can be consumed anywhere in the library except for the silent study rooms, co-labs, bookable group study spaces and the Special Collections Centre.  Remember – no hot food allowed.
  3. Tidy up after yourself – use the bins which are available on each of the floors.
  4. 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).

Also check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, contact us at

Posted on behalf of Marion Blacklaw, Circulation Manager