Previously we told you about the wealth of additional e-resources made available to us temporarily by publishers, in support of online teaching, learning and research during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Since our original post you may have noticed that some of those resources have been removed, as access was granted on a temporary basis. However, we would like to draw your attention to a number of these additional e-resources that remain available to our users.
Make sure to visit our page and explore the many extra e-books and journal articles available to us via Biochemical Society, Elsevier, JSTOR, Kortext and others until the end of the summer and beyond.
Please email us with any questions you may have as we are always happy to help!
We may be unable to post books out to our Education Distance Learners at the moment, but we are still here to help. As always, the Distance Learner team are available Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm, responding to your queries. Please get in touch with email@example.com if you need help with anything, as we would be happy to help!
Since the library building closed, we have been working hard to gain access to more e-books which are available via our online catalogue Primo.
We also have temporary access to some additional electronic resources; you can find a full list of what we have access to here. VitalSource and EBSCO eBooks are two that you may find particularly useful as they have access to some useful education resources and e-books. First time users of VitalSource: click on ‘Create a VitalSource account’. After setting up an account, VitalSource lets you borrow up to maximum 7 textbooks, you can read more information about VitalSource in one of our blog posts here.
See our guide to referencing for education students for assistance on how to reference your work.
Don’t forget to check the library website for up to date information on the library service.
We hope you are all well and don’t forget to email us if you need any help with anything!
Worried about library books being due back?
We can reassure you that you don’t need to worry about returning your library books during the lockdown period.
Your books will be automatically renewed while the library buildings are closed.
So, holding on to your books for now will not incur fines or stop you from graduating.
Returning books would probably involve non-essential travel, which doesn’t comply with Scottish Government guidance.
We’ll get in touch via University email to update you once the situation changes.
If you have any questions, please contact library staff, who will be happy to help, or check out our website for the latest information on your Library services.
To access the databases and e-book collections that the University of Aberdeen subscribes to you must prove that you are a member of the university. Most resources require a Shibboleth/institutional login, while for others authentication is via IP address (the provider is looking at the physical location of the computer you are using).
Off-campus access information for databases requiring an institutional login (most databases)
To access these resources, use the Find Databases option in Primo. Remember to sign in to Primo before you do any searching. When working off-campus, you may be asked to sign in to a resource via your institution, in which case you must select ‘UK Access Management Federation’. Then select ‘University of Aberdeen’ and lastly, enter your computer username and password.
Off-campus access information for databases requiring an IP address authentication (e.g. OnePetro, Kluwer Arbitration)
To access these resources off-campus, you must use the university’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This makes your device look as if it is a campus-based device. Via the VDI you can also access classroom software associated with your login details and your H: drive.
For Instructions on how to use the VDI see our Remote Access section on Toolkit – www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/
- To check the authentication route for a database, type its name into the Find Databases search box in Primo, then click on ‘Available Online’. This will take you to the database’s information page
- A very small selection of academic databases require a special username and password. A list of usernames and passwords for those resources can be found on this password-protected page
- Please see our Library guide QG DBS005: Accessing Electronic Information
For subject-related enquiries, please get in touch with the Information Consultant for your subject. Details can be found at https://bit.ly/InfoConsultants
For IT-related queries contact the IT Service Desk:
As academic libraries worldwide are committed to continuing support for teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak, many publishers have made online resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases freely available.
Students and staff at the University of Aberdeen can now access more books and research materials than covered by our normal licences and subscriptions. Details on specific collections are available from our designated Library page, which will be updated regularly as changes are made to these temporary resources.
In addition to this highlighting of expanded content from commercial organisations, we plan on providing information about relevant and appropriate Open Access resources. Bookmark our web page!
As of 17:00, Friday 20 March, all University of Aberdeen Library buildings are closed. This includes the Special Collections Centre and all Museums.
As a result of the current situation, we are receiving a lot of questions relating to the provision of Library resources and services. Please see our FAQs section on the Library website for answers to frequently asked questions and the latest information. The page is updated on a regular basis.
We would like to reassure all students and academic staff that a digital library service will continue to be available while our physical libraries are closed, and we will continue to support study, teaching and research.
Library staff will be monitoring email accounts and will be available to answer any general enquiries during office hours.
For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline: bit.ly/InfoConsultants
We look forward to seeing you all soon!
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 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.
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
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: email@example.com
Medical Library: firstname.lastname@example.org
For subject enquiries related to the Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Sciences, please contact Mel Bickerton email@example.com
Janet MacKay, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 www.abdn.ac.uk/coronavirus.
If you have a question that is not included in our FAQs, please email email@example.com