Library, Special Collections and Museums


The Library, on four sites over three campuses, is one of the largest and best equipped in Scotland. Resources to support your studies include:

  • knowledgeable, friendly staff
  • 1.2 million printed volumes
  • access to specialised databases
  • thousands of e-books from top academic publishers
  • millions of electronic journal articles
  • study spaces and PCs

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  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library, designed as a 21st century space for learning, is the main site and holds large modern collections in arts, science, education and social sciences on King’s Campus. It offers students regular tours and information skills workshops, has a range of collaborative spaces. Baby changing facilities are available.
  • The Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre on King’s Campus provides access to Law resources and official UK and EU publications.
  • The Medical Library on the Foresterhill Campus supports Medicine and Medical Sciences disciplines.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Centre, located beneath The Sir Duncan Rice Library, is home to the University’s historic books, manuscripts, archives and photographs. The collections cover all aspects of the history and culture of the University, the City of Aberdeen, the region and its relationship with the wider world, and are available for consultation in the Wolfson Reading Room. A Gallery for exhibitions based on these collections is on the Ground Floor of the Library. Find out more on the museum blogTwitter and Facebook. The Centre has:

  • 200,000 rare printed books – including more than 4,000 16th century items
  • 5,000 irreplaceable archival collections, dating as far back as the 3rd century BC
  • public programmes of lectures, seminars, workshops and educational activities
  • climatically controlled facilities
  • the Glucksman Conservation Centre for vital preservation and conservation work.


The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the Zoology Museum. These can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. They have been awarded status as Recognised Collections of National Significance.

The Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved thanks to support from Museums Galleries Scotland’s Recognition Fund, while King's Museum, which sits at the heart of the University’s campus, hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections.

Visitors are warmly welcomed, and there are no charges for admission.  

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