Library service update

View of The Sir Duncan Rice Library from Elphinstone Road

We’ve made some important changes in response to new Covid-19 restrictions in mainland Scotland. Please take some time to review the changes before you visit.

  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) will be open 10:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday from Monday 11 January. The Medical and Taylor libraries will open at a later date when it is safe to do so.
  • There will be access to a limited number of study spaces in TSDRL however we ask that you use these spaces only if you have no other suitable study space available to you.
  • Books are only available on our Click and Collect Service and cannot be accessed freely on the shelves. (This is a Scottish Government requirement)
Please wear your face covering at all times. Please display your lanyard or show your exemption card if you are unable to wear a face covering.

We recognise the enormous value of the Library to our students and are working extremely hard to offer you Library services during this challenging time. Please help us by taking care to understand the rules and only visiting in person if you have an essential need. Please check the updated FAQ later on Monday 11 January, and email library@abdn.ac.uk if you cannot find answers to your questions.

If you have queries or comments specifically about our COVID-19 measures, please get in touch with coronavirus@abdn.ac.uk.

How to use the co-labs

Did you know about the 16 collaborative group study spaces (Co-labs) in SDRL?

Each of them seats between 4 and 7 people and has a PC, plasma screen, power sockets and headphone ports.

They are located on Floors 3-6 in the NW corner of the building (turn right when you come out of the lifts!). They operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority for groups of 3 or more.

If your group can’t find a space, and see a co-lab being used by an individual or two people, please do feel free to come and tell library staff. We will ask the other library users to re-locate and help them find a space.

You may also like to make use of the new wireless ‘Airplay’ function, which allows you to display content from your device on the large screen. Simply press the Airplay button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Quiet discussion: ✔      Food: ✘             Drinks: ✔

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Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

 

Did you know…? – The Teaching Resource Collection

TRC Roald Dahl

Did you know about the Teaching Resource Collection (TRC) on Floor 6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library? The collection contains resources for our Education students to use for preparation and whilst on teaching placements.

There is a wide selection of resources including children’s books, school textbooks, kits, posters, big books and DVDs. Favourites, among many others, include the Gruffalo storysack, the Magnetism compendium kit and books by Roald Dahl.

Group discussion is allowed in this room and there are 3 small group tables. No need to book!

If you would like any help using the TRC, please ask Floor 6 staff (currently Jenna, Elaine and our Information Consultant for Education, Claire Molloy).

For further information on finding teaching resources, check out our guide: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/ugedu005.pdf.

For more useful library tips, keep an eye out for our Did You Know…? blog posts next week.

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

Bookable Group Study Spaces in our Libraries

Did you know that there are bookable group study spaces across all three of our libraries?

There are three Group Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Floor 7: Two rooms on the West side of Floor 7 (turn right out of the lifts). Each has a PC and plasma screen and can accommodate up to 8. Remember to collect the key at the Floor 1 Information Centre before going upstairs!

Floor 1: One basic room with a large table and chairs but no screen, which can accommodate up to 12. It is near the SE corner of Floor 1 (turn left out of the lifts and head across the floor).

How to book:

Bookings are for 1-hour slots and each group can book up to 2 hours per day.

6 Group Study Pods/Desks

These new spaces in The Sir Duncan Rice Library are in a large room in the SW corner of Floor 1 (turn right out of the lifts and go past the Heavy Demand section).

group study pods

Book your slot online here: www.abdn.ac.uk/studenthub/login. You can book for up to 2 hours per day.

Each of these spaces has a plasma screen, power sockets and USB charging points. As there’s no in-built PC, you’ll need to connect one of your devices to the screen using the cables provided.

Taylor and Medical Libraries

There are also bookable group study spaces in these two libraries. Please speak with staff at their issue desks for details on booking these spaces.

Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

 

How to use the co-labs

Did you know about the 16 collaborative group study spaces (Co-labs) in TSDRL? 

Each of them can seat up to 7 people and has a PC, plasma screen, power sockets and headphone ports.   

They are located on Floors 3-6 in the NW corner of the building (turn right when you come out of the lifts!). They operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority for groups of 3 or more.   

If your group can’t find a space, and see a Co-Lab being used by only one or two individuals, please do feel free to come and tell library staff. We will ask the other library users to re-locate and help them find a space.  

You may also like to make use of the new wireless ‘Airplay’ function, which allows you to display content from your device on the large screen. Simply press the Airplay button and follow the on-screen instructions.  

Quiet discussion:       Food:          Drinks:  


Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk 

How is the building arranged?

New in the library? Read on for a whistle-stop tour of all floors in The Sir Duncan Rice Library!

Lower Ground Floor
Special Collections Centre: home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts and archives. Facilities and services in Special Collections include the Glucksman Conservation Centre, a listening room, a microfilm room and lockers.

Ground Floor
Here you will find the Welcome Desk, the Returns Room, the Hardback Café, a short-stay PC area and the self-registration and public information PCs. Don’t forget to visit the Gallery and check out the Canaletto exhibition between January 21 and February 22.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is home to about 400,000 books and hundreds of journal titles in paper format. Students & staff at the University of Aberdeen also have access to over 200,000 e-books, 20,000 e-journals and 200 databases.

Subjects and collections are distributed as follows in The Sir Duncan Rice Library:
(Numbers in brackets indicate the location of items on shelves)

Floor 1

Information Centre, IT service desk, Heavy Demand, maps, DVDs and current newspapers collections

Floor 2

Print journals collection

Floor 3

History (900)
Geography (910)
Biography and Genealogy (920)
Archaeology (930)

Floor 4

Art (700)
Architecture (720)
Music (780)
Film (790)
Literature (800)

Floor 5

Language (400)
Linguistics (410)
Languages (420-490)
Science (500)
Mathematics (510)
Physics (530)
Chemistry (540)
Earth Sciences & Geology (550)
Life Sciences & Biology (570)
Botany (580)
Zoology (590)
Technology (600)
Engineering (620)
Management (650)

History and Philosophy of Science (Sc prefix)

Floor 6

Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology (300)
Politics & International Relations (320)
Economics (330)
Education (370)

Floor 7

Computer Science (000)
Philosophy (100)
Psychology (150)
Religion (200)

On every floor beside the MFDs, there are notice boards with detailed shelfmark information 

Other useful information regarding study spaces and help & services available:

  • PC classrooms: Floor 2 (but more PCs throughout the library)
  • Silent study rooms and co-labs: Floors 3-6
  • Group study rooms: Floor 1 & 7
  • Group study pods: Floor 1
  • Assistive technology booths: Floors 1 & 4
  • Reader carrel: Floor 3
  • Information Points (for help with subject-related inquiries): Floors 3-6
  • Self-issue machines and MFDs (printers): Floors 1-7 (no self-issue machine on Floor 2)
  • Teaching Resources Collection: Floor 6
  • Music Resources room: Floor 1
  • Toilets and water fountains can be found on all floors
  • First Aid room: Floor 1

 

Useful guide to the library:
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/documents/uploads/introductiontothelibrary.pdf

Library induction (video):
www.abdn.ac.uk/toolkit/services/library/

 

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk