For all students, whether here in Aberdeen, or working from a distance, the most straightforward way of finding out about the University of Aberdeen's Library services and resources is to go to our library home page.
If you are a distance learner with the School of Education please see information in our library guide QG EDU003 Library and Information Resources for Distance Learners on Education Courses.
Here are some quick links to important information about our library service.
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There are four libraries. Two are on King's Campus (Old Aberdeen) with the Medical Library at Foresterhill and the Reid Library at Bucksburn. The two libraries in Old Aberdeen are The Sir Duncan Rice Library, which includes our Special Collections Centre for valuable books, manuscripts and archives, and the Taylor Law Library.
We are open seven days a week during term-time. Opening times vary between libraries during vacations - so you are advised to check on our opening hours web page before starting your journey.
For general library enquiries contact the Information Centre in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. The contact address is:
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen
Tel. 01224 273330
24 Hours Service tel. 01224 273600
If you are visiting any of our libraries, staff are available Monday to Friday 9.00 - 17.00 to provide subject level assistance. Out with those hours staff can provide only a minimal level of help.
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The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen
IT Service Desk:
As a registered student with the University through The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CCL), you have the same rights as all our undergraduate students.
We will post 4 week loan and long loan books to you if you are a distance student. You will have to pay the postage both ways.
We regret we cannot lend items from our Heavy Demand Collection (overnight loan) or those on 3-day loan. We may be able to photocopy small sections from these, subject to copyright (5% or 1 chapter per book).
If you want material posted to you please provide the following information:
Most library material is available for loan. To cater for differing needs, varying loan periods are used as outlined on our Using the Library web page.
We notify you by e-mail using your '@aberdeen.ac.uk' account (you get this automatically when you register). Please check your e-mails regularly. You must make a written submission to the Librarian to be notified by post.
Fines are charged for late return. Full details are listed on our Using the Library web page.
You’ll find our searching tools, including our new resource discovery tool Primo and the library catalogue, on our Search Our Collections web page.
Everything in print is listed on our catalogue which you can search by author, title, keyword in title and subject.
Search using the library catalogue.
See Library Guide: QG CAT003 How do I use the catalogue? (PDF)
PRIMO is our resource discovery tool for print and electronic resources across all our collections in libraries, special collections and even museum objects.
You must login to Primo to get access to electronic materials.
Search using Primo.
See Library Guide: QG PRI001 Primo - a quick guide (PDF)
We have over a million printed books, and millions of *journal articles available electronically from our databases. Virtually everything is listed on our library catalogue which you can search by author, title, keyword in title and subject.
Journals are an important source of information and the library subscribes to over 18,000 titles, most of which are available electronically.
*NOTE: All journal titles are listed on the catalogue, but the individual articles within them are not. Search for articles on databases or on our integrated search system, Primo.
|Archaeology, History||The Sir Duncan Rice Library||Floor 3|
|Literature, Modern Languages, History of Art||The Sir Duncan Rice Library||Floor 4|
|Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Physical Geography, Engineering||The Sir Duncan Rice Library||Floor 5|
|Social Sciences, Education, Human Geography||The Sir Duncan Rice Library||Floor 6|
|Psychology, Religion, Philosophy||The Sir Duncan Rice Library||Floor 7|
|Local Studies, pre-1840 printed materials, manuscripts||The Sir Duncan Rice Library||Special Collections Centre (Lower Ground Floor)|
|Law, UK and Scottish Offical Government Publications, EU documentation||Taylor Library||King's Campus
|Medicine, Medical Sciences||Medical Library||Foresterhill Campus|
|Animal Health and Nutrition||Reid Library||Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn|
For complete listings see Library Guide: QG GI13 Where Is It Shelved? A General Guide (PDF).
Find out which resources are available in your subject area by using:
Links to both are available on our Search Or Collections web page.
We have a wide range of electronically available resources. Bibliographic and full-text databases are listed and described in PRIMO/Metalib. You can search by subject area, keyword or by name. Databases hosted on the Web and on cd-roms (available only in the library) can be found.
Of particular interest is the Ebrary database of over 70,000 high quality, recently published, academic level books. Access is through the normal Shibboleth authentication route using your University username and password.