At the University of Aberdeen we have one of the largest library collections in the North-East of Scotland, a wonderful resource that senior secondary school pupils and teachers are welcome to make use of.
With over 400,000 books on the shelves of The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) alone, our Modern Collections span everything from Archaeology to Zoology, and from Zoroastrianism all the way back to Accountancy. Additionally, our Taylor Library (covering Law) on the Old Aberdeen campus, and our Medical Library on the Foresterhill campus, are available for use.
As well as the ability to consult and borrow from 15 miles of printed materials in TSDRL, our Schools Service provides access to four dedicated PCs, allowing searches across selected full-text, abstract and index resources. Covering a wide range of subjects the Walk-In Users Service means that you are only a few clicks away from journal articles on the cutting edge of scientific research or digital copies of 200 year old newspapers.
The Schools Service is available to teachers and 6th Year pupils studying for Advanced Highers. Unfortunately the restriction to 6th Year pupils applies due to the demands on our stock and study spaces from University students and staff.
Library staff can only provide minimal support during your visit and will be unable to provide instruction in using any electronic resources. The electronic resources available through the Schools Service generally have extensive online help pages which can be used.
Before visiting please:
If you anticipate borrowing materials please:
If you intend to access the separate Walk-in Users Service which provides access to selected licensed electronic materials please:
The majority of our books and journals are intended for use by academics and University students and may not necessarily be appropriate for all Advanced Higher subjects. A proportion of our stock will be in foreign languages. Despite this we do have material suitable for Advanced Higher study.
If you are studying any of the following Advanced Higher subjects you should be able to find materials in our collections to support your studies:
Accounting, Art History, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Modern Studies, Music, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Education, Sociology, Spanish.
Pupils studying other Advanced Higher subjects will also be likely to find suitable materials in our collections. See below to learn how to search our collections, to find out if we do have relevant material for you.
Before visiting please carry out some initial searching in Primo, our online library catalogue, to check that we have books on the topics that you are interested in. See our guide to Primo for help with your searching. When using Primo please be aware of the following:
Below is a quick reference table detailing the locations of some subject areas within TSDRL. A more detailed list of subjects is available in this library guide.
|Art History||709||Floor 4|
|Business Managemnt||658||Floor 5|
|Geography: Physical||551||Floor 5|
|Geography: Human||333||Floor 6|
|Religious Studies||200||Floor 7|
If you are having difficulty finding books on the shelf please ask a member of library staff for help. Note: there are staffed Information Points on Floors 3-6. If you need assistance when on Floor 7 please go down to Floor 6 where staff will be able to help.
Not all books in our libraries are available for borrowing as part of the Schools Service. It is easy to identify the loan periods by the different coloured tape on the spines of the books. Long loan and 4-week loan items can be borrowed.
|Loan period||Colour of tape||Entitled to borrow?|
Reference books located on floors 3-7 of TSDRL are not available for borrowing. Reference stock is located at the beginning of each shelf sequence on the Floors and is marked with the shelf notation Ref number letters e.g. Ref 910.3 Han, where Ref indicates it is a Reference item, 910.3 indicates the subject, and Han indicates the author.
Once you have located up to three books you wish to borrow:
The strict licensing restrictions under which the Walk-In Users Service operates may result in occasions when you are unable to access the full-text version of materials in your results list. This is because:
While there are restrictions in accessing material from these databases, you will still have access to many thousands of research level papers that are unavailable by any other means.
Full details of the electronic resources available to you are provided here. See below for how to register to access these electronic resources.
For further information on our Schools Service please contact:
The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Information Centre
Monday - Friday, 09.00 - 17.00
Phone: 01224 273330
|Alyson Petrie||Issue Desk Supervisorfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 272580|
|Ewan Grant||Information Adviseremail@example.com||01224 272587|
Also, the Special Collections Centre is a treasure trove of historical sources and they offer a range of activities and workshops for schools and the wider community. Visit their Learning and Outreach pages for further information and contact details.