Historic Archives of the Scottish Catholic Church

The Historic Archive of the Catholic Church in Scotland will be available for research access at the University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections Centre from Thursday 1st August.

For further information on the collection and booking arrangements, please visit the collection web pages at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/scottish-catholic-archives.

Hurry! Time is running out to win a £50 book token

Library, Special Collections & Museums would like to hear from all those new to Aberdeen about your early experiences in finding your way about our libraries, collections, services and website.

We value your feedback, so please take a few minutes to highlight your experiences so far – and you could also win a £50 book token!

Hurry – survey ends midnight on Sunday 18 November 2012.


Vendors of the Oil and Gas Energy Law (OGEL) database have implemented a change in access to full text content. For each new search session – the first time you click on a link to download a document you will be asked to supply a valid University of Aberdeen email address (in order to identify yourself). A message is then sent to your email containing a link back to OGEL. Follow this link to complete the download. You will need to do this only once per search session.

Problems have been reported over the weekend with the email setup. They have been reported to OGEL and we hope to have the service up and running again as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross

There’s still time to let us have your views on the library

There’s still time to let us have your views on the library: our LibQual survey will remain open until midnight on 28 February.  Please do take a few minutes of your time to let us know what you think: we value all feedback and will read and consider all comments with a view to continually trying to improve what we do.  

Please go to https://www.libqual.org/survey/RWSVJA32HUL53VNY.


HeinOnline launches new app

HeinOnline, an important legal research database, has launched an app for the iPhone and iPad.

Use the app to search the database (including by citation), view and download PDF files, browse by volume, and navigate through a volume using the table of contents. HeinOnline account/authentication is required.

More information is available online here.

Elaine Shallcross

New ebrary app launched

Ebrary’s free app for the iPad® and iPhone® is now available from the App Store®. You will be able to access the database – both online and offline, as well use an option to import your own PDF documents – outside the ebrary platform – through the app itself.

We use Shibboleth to login to ebrary, so you need to use the Facebook sign in feature to open the app on your mobile device. All you need to do is link up your personal ebrary account to your Facebook account, then you can use the ebrary mobile app by signing in with your Facebook login.

This is what you need to do to set up your Facebook login link:

  1. Go to your ebrary site and sign in to your ebrary account as usual
  2. Once signed in, open the My Settings link at the top-right of the ebrary screen
  3. Under Link your account to Facebook click Log In
  4. If you have a Facebook account, enter your Facebook username and password and click Log In
  5. If you don’t have a Facebook account, click Sign up for Facebook at the lower left
  6. Once you’ve successfully logged in to your Facebook account, you’ll be ready to use ebrary’s mobile app

Elaine Shallcross

Forthcoming Lecture: The Sobieski-Stuart Marriage & the Jacobite World

When: Saturday 10 December at 2pm
Where: Special Collections Centre (Lower Ground Floor) , University Library, University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, AB24 3AA
Presenter: Professor Robert  I. Frost, Chair in Early Modern History, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Opening a series of exciting events in connection to the current exhibition at the University Library, Rebels with a Cause: The Jacobites & The Global Imagination, this lecture draws on materials from the University’s rich holdings of Jacobite material. Professor Robert Frost employs the collections to examine the marriage of James III, the Stuart claimant to the British throne, to Clementina Sobieska, granddaughter of King John III Sobieski of Poland.

Special Collections Reading Room Opens Today!

I’m delighted to report that the Special Collections Reading Room in the University Library is opening for business today – Monday 5th December at 09:00. The new facilities are accessible from the staircase to the left of the entry gates on the ground floor, or via the left hand side lifts on the north side

Opening times for the SCC can be found here: http://abdn.ac.uk/library/get-started/opening-hours/#scc

Further information about the collections and is here: http://abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/ (and relevant pages are being updated at present).

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during the moves. 

Chris Banks

INFO: Summer Access to Queen Mother Library

A great deal of work will take place during the summer months to move into our new library from the current Queen Mother Library (QML). We will be maintaining access to QML and library services and facilities during those months. 

There are no plans to close QML and we will be offering fetching and retrieval services for books and materials which may become temporarily unavailable as stock is relocated. It remains our firm intention to provide access to our stock and other services and facilities during the move and will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption to students who may need to undertake dissertation, resit and other work in the summer, and academic colleagues and visiting researchers who may be undertaking research work.

We shall be publicising arrangements in due course.

Laurence Bebbington (Deputy Librarian)  laurence.bebbington@abdn.ac.uk

Judging a book by its cover: what bindings can tell us about books

Friends of Aberdeen University Library

The Friends’ Annual General Meeting, to be held from 7 to 7:30pm in the Old Senate Room on King‘s Campus, on May 26th, will be followed by a chance to listen to a talk by expert Jane Pirie, Information Officer and Rare Books Cataloguer from Special Libraries and Archives, about the ancient art of bookbinding. Come along and learn about the materials and techniques used, and see some of the beautifully crafted examples from our collections.

Thursday 26th May 2011

in the Old Senate Room, King’s College

At approximately 7.30 p.m.

(following the Friends AGM, at 7.00 p.m.)

All welcome

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting


 Sheona Farquhar, s.c.farquhar@abdn.ac.uk