Food and Drink Pilot at the University of Aberdeen Libraries

Good news! The University of Aberdeen libraries are trialling a new food and drink policy that gives you more freedom to snack as you study. The pilot will operate from Monday 19th January to Friday 22nd May, 2015. During this period:

Cold food can be consumed at study tables in designated areas in all our libraries

Hot and cold drinks in covered containers are allowed in most areas within the libraries

Please note that food and drink are not permitted in the Special Collections Centre or Gallery.

The good news is that there are now many areas within the libraries where you can eat and drink, but please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

 Cleaning up after yourself

Using the appropriate bins and cleaning equipment provided

Reporting any problems to staff on duty in person or by phone –
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: 01224 273330, Medical Library: 01224 437870, Taylor Library: 01224 272601

To maintain a pleasant study environment please observe the following restrictions:

X  No hot food anywhere in the libraries

X  No smelly or noisy cold food

X  No food in silent study areas, project rooms, and rooms or areas with equipment (PC Classrooms, PC Clusters, Co-Labs, Flexible Learning Area, Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, Viewing Room)

Please disregard any ‘no food and drink’ signs in the lifts and on floor plans in The Sir Duncan Rice Library during the pilot period.

We welcome your feedback! Please contact us at:
The Sir Duncan Rice Library:
Medical Library:
Taylor Library:

Diane Bruxvoort
University Librarian & Director

INFO: Trial access to Britannica resources

We now have trial access to several Britannica services. The resources are available to all staff and students on and off campus and ends on Saturday 31 May. 

The descriptions below are as provided from Britannica’s promotional material.

Britannica Academic Edition

“The world’s most trusted foundational research reference. A great starting point for undergraduate student study as Britannica Articles encourage best practice researching skills, independent wider reading, well referenced and cited research output.”


Product Videos:                Academic Introductory VideoMedia browseSearching 

 Britannica ImageQuest

 “Safe, appropriate imagery for student and institutional use. Easy to use, time and money saving huge selection of over 2.5 million high quality educationally rights cleared images from some of the most respected image houses in the world. (Non-commercial use could include website, presentation, research or project use)”


Product Video:                  Image Quest Intro Video


Comments and feedback on the content is much appreciated – please contact  library staff.


Susan McCourt,



Springer e-books trial includes the Protocols Series

From now until October 2010 the SpringerProtocols are available on a trial basis from two websites:

  1. – this is a portal site which offers only the Protocol content with additional Web 2.0 features and search capabilities.  The supplier recommends this way to access the Protocol material to make best use of the content.  When searching here you’re only looking at the Protocols.
  2. – this is where the full e-books trial is held and Protocols can be searched for along with other e-book content.

Further information can be obtained from Principal Information Consultant, Susan McCourt (