Did you know how to seek permission to take library books abroad?
You may need to take library books out of the country so that you can continue reading during your vacation. For items from The Sir Duncan Rice Library, please speak to a member of the Subject & Enquiry team. Staff can be found in the offices on floors 4-6.
It is best to go to the office closest to where the book is from – for example, for books on arts & humanities go to the Floor 4 office, for sciences go to the Floor 5 office, for social sciences & divinity go to the Floor 6 office. For books from Taylor (Law) or Medical libraries, please visit the branch and talk to staff on the issue desk.
You will be asked to fill out a short request form. The staff member will check that the books are suitable for taking abroad and finish filling out the form with you.
Please note that items are still subject to recall even when out of the country. If a book is recalled from you while abroad, you will need to post the book back to us. Make sure you check your University email regularly to avoid any fines.
It’s as simple as that! Please do get in contact if you have any further questions.
Did you know the quickest and easiest way to return library books is at the Returns Room through the self-return machines? You will find the Returns Room on the Ground Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
It’s as simple as placing the books through the slot one by one. As soon as they have passed through they are removed from your borrowing record. You don’t even need to use your ID card to return books this way.
You will also find an external slot on the right-hand side of the entrance to the Library. This is only available when the library is closed so you don’t need to wait for us to open to return your books! You will need your ID card to be able to use this.
Don’t forget to take your receipt as proof of your returned items.
Heavy Demand books can be returned in the Heavy Demand Area on Floor 1 (using the self-issue/returns machine), or at the Returns Room.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week at The Sir Duncan Rice Library and we have multiple events throughout the week on the Ground Floor of the library. Make sure to take a break from studying and check out these events!
AUSA will be in the library all week with some information boards and interactive boards to help promote their Mental Health Awareness Week campaign.
Make sure to take some time out from studying and pledge to read for just six minutes on Wednesday 11th May in Scotland’s Reading Moment initiative to ‘Keep the heid and read!’ Make your pledge and read more information about the initiative here – https://www.keeptheheid.scot/#pledge
We also have our last Therapets session of the semester on Wednesday 11th May 2-3pm. Pop along to see Nevis and Fonzie and take a well-deserved break from your studying.
In collaboration with our friends at the Aberdeen City Libraries and our very own Old Aberdeen Library. Ewan Scott, the Health and Wellbeing Librarian for Aberdeen City Libraries is coming in to engage with students, staff and visitors on Wednesday from 2-3pm. Pop along and say hello!
We look forward to seeing you all and remember to take regular breaks from studying!
To help us celebrate 25 years of World Book Day we are once again welcoming students and staff to the Old Aberdeen Library on the ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Where we get to enjoy and borrow from the Aberdeen City Libraries collection!
All those who work, live or study in Aberdeen City or Shire, qualify to become a member of the public library. This gives you access to borrow from their physical collection from any branch using Old Aberdeen Library as your collection point, browse the shelves on the ground floor, borrow audiobooks and electronic books from BorrowBox, their online collection. It also gives to access to all of their online resources such as Ancestry and PressReader. You can find out more about how to sign up for a membership here – https://aberdeencity.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN
To help us celebrate World Book Day, staff from Aberdeen City Libraries will be here to answer any questions you may have or help you sign up for a membership on Wednesday 2nd March from 10am-12pm.
Pop along to say hello to them and sign up for a membership if you haven’t already, it’s free!
The winter break is almost here, bringing with it the opportunity for a much-needed rest from study and research. And before the Winter Term closes, we would like to let you know the opening hours of The Sir Duncan Rice Library during the winter break and public holidays.
All libraries at the University of Aberdeen will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, 23 December and reopen again on Thursday, 6 January.
Full details of the opening hours at our other two library sites, Taylor Library and Medical Library can be found on our website.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library is open 24/7 until Friday, 17 December when we will close at 22.00. We will then be open at the times given below.
Saturday 18 December
9:00 – 13:00
Sunday 19 December
Monday 20 – Thursday 23 December
8:30 – 17:00
24 December 2021 – 5 January 2022
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 January
8:30 – 17:00
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 January
Monday 10 January
8:00 – 00:00 (Normal Term Hours Resume)
Wishing all of our readers a safe, well-deserved holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in January for the start of the new term.
As Christmas approaches, we would like to remind students and staff about the possibility of borrowed items being requested by other users during the upcoming holidays. Library loans can be requested by other users up to and including Thursday 23 December.
Our libraries will close at 17:00 on Thursday 23 December 2021 and will open at 09:00 on Thursday 6 January 2022.
Library loans can continue to be requested by other users over this vacation period, so remember to return your books if you’re going away and will not be able to access them. However, any recalled items will not actually be due back while we are closed over Christmas. Make sure you check your e-mail to avoid starting the New Year with fines!
In the lead up to the assessment period The Sir Duncan Rice Library will be extending its opening hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are just a few days until this goes into effect, and we want to let you know just now so that you can properly plan your revision.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library will open at 11.00 on Sunday November 21 and stay open continuously until 22.00 on Friday December 17, 2021.
Please note that your ID card is still required for access to the building – please ensure you have your ID card as access after 22.00 will not be permitted without it.
Over this period, it is important that you are aware of the following:
The PCs require a nightly shutdown (lasting about ten minutes) and reboot for essential maintenance. This will happen at 04.00, and you will be given an option to delay this for 2 hours.
Essential cleaning of the building will be carried out overnight between 02.00 and 06.00, which may result in some disruption.
Look after yourselves and your belongings – take breaks, but do not leave your personal belongings unattended.
Take care if leaving the Library in the early hours – travel with friends if possible.
Please respect the building and your fellow library users:
Properly fitted face coverings are a legal requirement and must be worn while seated in the building. Please wear a sunflower lanyard if you are exempt.
No food is allowed in the building except for in the café area.
Bottled water only in the Library.
Tidy up after yourself – use the sanitary wipes and bins which are available on each of the floors.
Keep talk to the group study areas to allow others to study.
Please report any problems to security staff on duty – in person (Information Centre, Floor 1, TSDRL) or by phone (01224 273330).
Please remember to check out the opening hours for our other two Library sites, as Taylor and Medical will not be open 24/7 during these dates.