More Primo videos on the Library website

Earlier in the academic year, we published a series of short videos on how to use Primo, the Library’s discovery tool.

We have now added to the collection two more videos, in which we go over the importance of planning a search strategy before you start looking for information and using Primo’s search rules correctly in order to get the best possible results. The new videos are:

  • Planning a search and using Boolean operators
  • Search rules

Don’t forget to check them out!


For any questions you may have, don’t hesitate to contact Ewan ( or Eleni (

New Primo videos on the Library website

We are delighted to introduce our new series of short videos, demonstrating how to use Primo – our library catalogue – to find resources in paper and electronic format.


The videos can be accessed at:

Stay tuned, more videos coming soon!

ScienceDirect books are mobile friendly!

sciencedirect_longDo you know that you can download one, selected, or all chapters from a book on ScienceDirect on to your computer or your mobile device? To find out how to do this follow the instructions on Elsevier’s Online Books Connect blog. 

The ScienceDirect site is mobile friendly too, so you can view full text online, or view/download chapters directly from the site via the browser on your mobile device. You can also download any HTML article or book chapter in Mobi (Kindle) or ePub format. This must be done on a computer and the files transferred to any eReader device that supports these file types. Instructions for ScienceDirect ePub and Mobi downloads are available online.

Access ScienceDirect via our electronic resources portal, Primo. Open the Find Databases link at the top of any Primo page and simply type ScienceDirect in the Name box. Use the link provided to navigate to the database.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business

MAINTENANCE: Library Catalogue

10.10: We are pleased to report that the library catalogue is now available.

The library catalogue will be unavailable from approximately 09.00-10.00 today. Please use Primo for access to the catalogue.

We apologise for the late notice and any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross

Problem Report: Primo and Ebrary

There are currently problems logging into Primo and Ebrary, and other Shibboleth authenticated resources. We are aware of the problems and IT Services staff are investigating as a matter of urgency. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant (Schools of Law and Business)

Library on the move

My Account area in Primo on the Library app

My Account area in Primo

Did you know there is an app for Library, Special Collections and Museums (LSC&M) on the University’s iAberdeen app for iOS and Android smart phones?

The library app lets you search across LSC&M catalogues using our resource discovery tool, Primo. Key features include an option to login to My Account where you can view and renew your loans, view your requests for books, check for messages from the library, and view details of favourite titles saved to your personal e-Shelf.

Once logged in you are able to make an advance booking on an item from a Heavy Demand collection, recall a book out on loan to someone else, and request an item to be delivered to your home library from a remote store or library on a different campus.

We think this app offers a quick and easy way of accessing our catalogues, linking to our electronic resources, and much more – wherever you are, even when you are on the move!


For more information and barcodes to download the app to your smart phone see the University’s iAberdeen Mobile app web page. Answers to some frequently asked questions are also available online.

Windows smart phone owners can make use of a mobile version of iAberdeen.

Let us know what you think – please email

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business
Library, Special Collections and Museums

PROBLEM REPORT: MetaLib and ‘Find Databases’ option on Primo

We are currently experiencing some problems with the server that supports MetaLib and the Find Databases functionality within Primo, so these services are not currently available.

IT Services staff are currently investigating and we’ll let you know when service is resumed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Posted on behalf of Library, Special Collections & Museums

MAINTENANCE: Primo downtime on Monday 26 August

Essential maintenance is planned for Primo, our online collections search tool, on Monday 26 August.

Primo will not be available from 9am to 12 noon on Monday and should be considered at risk until 2pm. Aleph, Calm, DigiTool and MetaLib will be available for direct searching when Primo is not available.

We aplogise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Elaine Shallcross