Full details of the University's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Continued Access to Library Resources and Services during Library Closures 

Update as of July 7, 2020:

We are now beginning to work towards the safe reopening of services and buildings.

We will be launching a Click & Collect Service for Library materials, and a Scan & Send Service for Special Collections and Museums content, from Monday, July 13. Please refer to our FAQs below.

Further details on our current services are available in the Important Information on Library Services section below.

Simon Bains, University Librarian and Head of Library Services.

 

Please see below for the latest information on:

Important Information on Library Services

Information for Students, Academic Staff and Postgraduate Researchers

COVID-19 – Continued Access to Library Resources and Services during Library Closures

Planning for restarting Library Services

The University of Aberdeen Library has continued to provide services while buildings are closed and will continue to focus on digital content and online services in the immediate future.

As we develop services in support of blended learning and prepare for some staff and students to return to campus, estates staff are carrying out safety checks on The Sir Duncan Rice Library and we will bring a small number of library staff back to the building when this work is complete.

Our Click & Collect Service, which allows readers to request items which are currently available in any of our Libraries, and then collect them from the Sir Duncan Rice Library, will be in place from Monday 13 July. It will be possible to place requests from Friday 10 July. Further details on this service can be found in our FAQ section further down this page.

Special Collections & Museums will also be providing a Scan & Send Service from Monday 13 July. Further details on this service can be found in our FAQ section further down this page .

All books being returned in person - where national guidance allows - should be placed in the external book drop slot at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, irrespective of which library site they were borrowed from, until further notice. You will need a current student, or staff, ID card to use the book drop slot. If you have any difficulties in using this facility please contact Library staff on libnotice@abdn.ac.uk. Our approach will be continually reviewed in line with national and University safety guidelines and in response to demand.

Planning work is now underway to determine when we will be able to allow University staff and students into any of our library sites and this includes looking at measures needed to ensure safe use of spaces such as occupancy limits, navigation routes and hygiene provision. We will also plan for restarting collection services for older material from our closed access stores.

 

Library Buildings

As of Friday, 20 March, all University of Aberdeen Library buildings are closed. This includes the Special Collections Centre and all Museums.

 

Contacting the Library

Library staff will be monitoring email accounts and will be available to answer any general enquiries during office hours. Please get in touch, and we will do our best to help – contact details below.

For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline: www.abdn.ac.uk/library/support/contacts-106.php#panel162

 

Simon Bains, University Librarian and Head of Library Services

Temporary Access to Additional E-Resources

In addition to our subscribed online resources [see Find Databases option in Primo], many publishers have made their collections, or portions of their collections, freely available to support teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Staff and students can temporarily access more books and research materials than covered by our normal licences and subscriptions. Details on specific collections are given on this page, which will be updated regularly as changes are made to the freely available resources. 

Annual Reviews

Temporary access to all Annual Reviews titles (we subscribe to many of these). Particularly strong in the biomedical and life sciences although titles in physical and social sciences, and economics are also available.

Content is available from www.annualreviews.org/action/showPublications, and no Sign In or Log In is required.

Biochemical Society

The Biochemical Society promotes the advance of molecular biosciences and facilitates the sharing of expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology. Their publisher, Portland Press, is suspending paywalls on all content published across the Biochemical Society’s seven journals.

 

Journal content is available here (https://portlandpress.com/?dm_i=4WUK,BWFK,254Q2P,1BKGU,1) - click on ‘Journals’.

 

This content will be available until further notice, with no log-in required.

Bloomsbury Scots Law Student Online Service

Law students have temporary access to 6 key Scots Law titles in Bloomsbury Professional’s Scots Law Student Online Service.

Step1: Email lawlib@abdn.ac.uk for the username and password.

Step2: Access the full text at www.bloomsburyprofessionalonline.com

Access to the additional titles will be available until 31/07/2020.

De Gruyter

Temporary access now available to 75,000 eBooks. The titles available cover most subject areas.

Login here via the Institutional Access option.

Please note that access to content from the University of California Press, University of Chicago Press and Yale University Press will be delayed until the end of April/early May due to De Gruyter’s recent platform upgrade. Access will automatically be granted once this content is available.

Access to the additional ebooks will be available until 31/07/2020.

Elsevier - ScienceDirect

Temporary access to over 300 textbooks on the ScienceDirect platform. Strong in science, engineering and social sciences.

Sign in using the "Other institution" option at www.sciencedirect.com 

Access to the additional ebooks will be available until 30/08/2020.

Equinox Publishing - journals

Equinox Publishing, who publish approximately fifty titles, have made all journal issues published in the last 12 months freely available to all. New issues will also be opened until the COVID-19 situation abates. Subject areas: Archaeology & History, Linguistics, Popular Music and Religious Studies.

Journals are accessible from www.equinoxpub.com/home/journals/ 

Click on Journals > Journals Home Page > select the subject area. Click the journal title link. Scroll to view details of recent issues and PDF options.

Access to the additional Journal Articles will be available until further notice.

Gale Reference Complete

Gale is offering temporary free access to the Gale Reference Complete package, which brings together a wide range of multi-disciplinary resources.

Access to these resources is through the Shibboleth Login route, and will be available until 31/07/2020.

Gale Reference Complete consists of three cross-searching platforms  

Power Search

Gale Literature offers access to literary content, metadata and subject indexing.

Gale Primary Sources provides access to content spanning many centuries and geographic regions, which includes monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, maps, and more.

 

Individual collections within Gale Reference Complete

Archives Unbound presents collections of historical documents. Particular strengths include U.S. foreign policy, U.S. civil rights, global affairs and colonial studies.

Gale eBooks

General OneFile

News (Gale OneFile)

Gale Academic OneFile provides articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources covering biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.

 

Gale Literature - Individual Collections

Literature Criticism

Gale Literature Resource Center

Contemporary Authors

Dictionary of Literary Biography

LitFinder

Scribner Writer Series

Something About the Author

Twayne's Author Series

JSTOR

JSTOR has opened its extensive collections to subscribers. Connect to JSTOR as normal through Primo Find Databases

Many thousands of additional full text journal articles and full text books are now available across a wide range of areas. In addition 26 journal archives in Public Health are available to everyone. Details available at https://about.jstor.org/covid19/.

Access to the additional Ebooks will be available until 31/08/2020.

Access to the additional Journal Articles will be available until 31/12/2020.

The additional free content is not available within our alumni subscription. 

 

 

Kortext - ebooks

Kortext, an approved third party ebook provider, has arranged temporary free access to a small selection of online textbooks for university students who are unable to borrow print materials due to COVID-19 university library closures. The ebooks available are listed below.

To access and use Kortext: 
Click on the link for the relevant textbook (see list below).

In the Organisation page, search for and select University of Aberdeen. Click Continue.

Log in using your University of Aberdeen computer username and password. 

The first time you log into Kortext it is necessary to create a Kortext account. 

Email address: you must use your University of Aberdeen email address (@abdn.ac.uk). 

Password: you must create a password that is unique to Kortext – do not use your University of Aberdeen password. 

Once you have created a Kortext account you will have access to the ebook.

Use the icons on the left-hand side of the screen to navigate round the ebook. 

Log out of Kortext by clicking on the back arrow above the icons on the left-hand side. Click on More Options (top right-hand corner) and click on Sign out.

Access to the additional ebooks will be available until 31/07/2020.


Kortext ebooks with links

Atkins, Peter W. Physical Chemistry. 11th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/257375

Bodansky, Daniel. International climate change law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2917. Available from Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/281815

Bolan, Angela. Doing a Systematic Review: A Student's Guide. 2nd edn. London: Sage, 2017. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/236443

Brown, Abbe E. L. et al. Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/397567 

Bryman, Alan. Social Research Methods. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/242728

Bryman, Alan, Emma Bell and Bill Harley. Business Research Methods. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/332366 

Burns, Paul. New Venture Creation: A Framework for Entrepreneurial Start-Ups. 2nd edn. London: Palgrave, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/281795 

Clifford, Nicholas. Key Methods in Geography. 3rd edn. London: Sage, 2016. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/169805

Crawford, James. Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law. 9th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/382425 

Easterby-Smith, Mark, Richard Thorpe and Paul R. Jackson. Management and Business Research. 6th edn. London: Sage, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/269583  

Fleck, Dieter and Micheal Bothe. The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law. 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/302829 

Glover, Richard. Murphy on evidence. 17th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/215610

Goss, Ryan. Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/61373

Gray, David E. Doing Research in the Real World. 4th edn. London: Sage, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/259939 

Hanley, Nick, Jason F. Shogren and Ben White. Introduction to Environmental Economics. 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/407912

Henderson, Christian. The Use of Force and International law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/269055

Herring, Jonathan. Criminal Law. 11th edn. London: Palgrave, 2019. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/394830 

Hill, Alex & Terry Hill. Operations Strategy: Design, Implementation and Delivery. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/403563 

Jones, Peter and Peter Robinson. Operations Management. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/402501

Jones, Stephen P. Criminology. 6th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/192788 

Kolb, Robert. An Introduction to the International Law of Armed Conflicts. Oxford: Hart, 2008. Avaialable via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/293352 

McCaffrey, Stephen C. The Law of International Watercourses. 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/408089

O'Keefe, Daniel. Persuasion: Theory and Research. 3rd edn. London: Sage, 2016. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/253185

Ritchie, Jane. Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers. 2nd edn. London: Sage, 2014. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/368936

Smith, Malcolm. Research Methods in Accounting. 5th edn. London: Sage, 2020. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/402894 

Spence, John R. Hearsay Evidence in Criminal Proceedings. 2nd edn. Oxford: Hart, 2014. Available from Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/61316

Tsagourias, Nikolaos K. International Humanitarian Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/273518 

West, Douglas C. and John B. Ford. Strategic Marketing: Creating Competitive Advantages. 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Available via Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/93167

Ziegler, Katja S. The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship? Oxford: Hart, 2015. Available from Kortext at https://app.kortext.com/borrow/163089

Mergent Online

Temporary access to Mergent Online, a database containing information on thousands of companies worldwide with daily updates.

 

Only available via the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Guidance on using the VDI is available in our Accessing Electronic Information Library Guide

 

Once on the VDI, access this resource here.

 

For more information on this database see the Mergent Online brochure

 

Access to the database will be available until 31/07/2020.

Microbiology Society – journal content

Temporary free access for everyone to all journal content from the Microbiology Society.

All seven journals can be accessed at www.microbiologyresearch.org.

Access to the journal content will be available until further notice.

Statista

Statista is a data portal comprising four platforms (English, German, French, Spanish). It provides access to over 1 million statistics covering 80,000 topics. Coverage is worldwide with a focus on data from Europe, North America and Asia. Content types include statistics, industry and country reports, marketing industry data and forecasts and other expert tools. Our temporary access also covers Statista's Global Consumer Survey. See a short tutorial on how to use this particular database at: https://vimeo.com/281818078
 
Sign in to Statista here using Shibboleth/Institutional login: in the ‘If you have access’ section select ‘University of Aberdeen’ (off-campus access), then ‘Submit’ and sign in using your computer username and password.

Access to the portal will be available until 03/08/2020.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society have made all their content freely available. This content is relevant to science disciplines.

No log in is required. To explore their journals, visit https://royalsociety.org/journals/

Access to the content will be available until further notice.

University of Michigan Press

University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection have temporarily removed access restrictions on all of their 1,150+ titles.

Access to this collection is available here.  

Access to the additional Ebooks will be available until 31/08/2020.

Open Access E-Resources

There are many resources where Open Access scholarly content is made freely available online without restriction. This content includes books, chapters, articles and many other outputs.

You will find a large selection of these resources in our Open Access webpages, which you may find useful when searching for materials.

Public Library Content

 

Late last year a new public library service was launched at The Sir Duncan Rice Library as part of a partnership project between Digital & Information Services and Aberdeen City Council. 

We look forward to welcoming students and staff to the Old Aberdeen Library when we re-open, but in the meantime Aberdeen City Libraries have a free virtual library full of thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and digital resources that University of Aberdeen staff/students can access remotely from their home computer or mobile device. 

Membership of Aberdeen City Libraries is available to people who work, live or study in Aberdeen City or Shire. If you are not already a member, you can join online now and start using the online services immediately. Sign up for free here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Libraries open?

All University of Aberdeen Library buildings are closed. This includes the Special Collections Centre and all Museums.

We would like to reassure all students and staff that a digital library service will continue to be available and we will continue to support you with your studies, teaching and research.

Is the Library offering a Click and Collect Service?

Yes, we will be offering a Click and Collect Service while we are unable allow entry into our Libraries.

Our Click & Collect Service, which allows readers to request items which are currently available in any of our Libraries, and then collect them from the Sir Duncan Rice Library, will be in place from Monday 13 July. It will be possible to place requests from Friday 10 July.

Readers can request items in the usual way by logging in to Primo.  Staff will then fetch the items and issue them, and readers will be informed by e-mail when they are available for collection. We will endeavour to fill any requests received by 09:00 am on each working day, Monday to Friday, for collection by that afternoon, between 13:00 and 16:00.

Please note that this service is currently for items that are not on loan. items held at the Medical and Taylor Libraries may take a little longer to provide, as we will need to retrieve them on demand and bring them to TSDRL. Items held in our stores are not yet available, but requests can still be placed, and they will be fetched as soon as access to those buildings is possible. Items which have just been returned will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours, in line with international guidance, before they can be issued to another reader – this will be indicated on Primo.

After you have received an email notifying you that the item is available for collection, you should come to the front of the Sir Duncan Rice Library between 13.00 and 16.00, and staff will fetch items for you.  When collecting items, we ask readers to observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines.  You will require your ID card to collect items, and only 1 person at a time will be permitted to enter the collection area.  There will be no other access to the building at this time.  Please also remember to bring your own bags to carry items away.

Any items not collected within 5 working days will be returned and reshelved following quarantining.
 

How can I use the collections of the Special Collections and Museums?

We will be providing a Scan and Send service to enable digital rather than physical access by researchers. This will start from Monday 13 July for Special Collections.

Once our staff have access to museum stores, similar arrangements will be developed for museum collections, prioritising the Marischal College museum collections centre, and then the Fine Art, Zoology, Geology and Herbarium collections. 

Images will be suitable for research, rather than publication purposes, while large-scale digitisation projects will not be possible as we focus on supporting numerous requests. We will try to prioritise photography and scanning according to the urgency of need. Please email requests and queries to speclib@abdn.ac.uk or museums@abdn.ac.uk as appropriate.
 

How can I contact Library staff?

Please contact us by email.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Medical Library: medlib@abdn.ac.uk

For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline. Contact details for ICs are available here.

Special Collections Centre - Wolfson Reading Room: speclib@abdn.ac.uk

Gallery: scc.events@abdn.ac.uk

 

These email accounts are supported 09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday. 

I would like to phone someone with a query. Can I do this?

Unfortunately, we are unable to answer phone calls, as the Library buildings are closed. Please contact us by email.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Medical Library: medlib@abdn.ac.uk

For subject-related and search enquiries please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline. Contact details for ICs are available here.

Special Collections Centre - Wolfson Reading Room: speclib@abdn.ac.uk

Gallery: scc.events@abdn.ac.uk

 

These email accounts are supported 09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday. 

Can I borrow books from the Library?

It is not possible to enter our Libraries to borrow items, as the Library buildings are closed to visitors, but we are operating a Click and Collect Service. Details on this service can be found here[ADD LINK TO FAQ].

It is also still possible to use Primo to access our extensive collection of digital materials.

Primo Quick Guide

Primo – how do I find a book using Primo?

Can I return books that I currently have on loan?

Following the move to Phase 2 of the Scottish route map, Library books can now be returned by using the external book drop slot at The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Please use this facility for any of your University Library books, irrespective of which of our Library sites you borrowed the book from. You will need a current student, or staff, ID card to use the book drop slot.

If you have any difficulties in using this facility, please contact Library staff on libnotice@abdn.ac.uk.

Will I be fined for any overdue books?

No. All books are being automatically renewed while the Library buildings are closed. For items that were already overdue before the closure of the Library buildings, please contact libnotice@abdn.ac.uk, or reply to any overdue email notice received from the library.

Can I renew books?

There is no need to renew books, as they are being automatically renewed while the Library buildings are closed.

Can I recall books currently on loan?

No, it is not possible to recall books from other readers because the Library Buildings are closed.

Can I access past exam papers?

You can search for past papers via DigiToolour digital materials database. Access to past exam papers is restricted to University of Aberdeen members, so you will be asked for your computer username and password. 

 

 

Students - There are items on my reading list that are only available in print. What can I do to access them?

Unfortunately, not all items are available in digital format.

We are exploring how to expand our range of digital materials. Please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline with the details of the item. We will investigate whether it is possible to acquire it.

Academic Staff & Postgraduate Research students only - Can I put through an Inter Library Loan (ILL) request?

If you have an urgent Inter Library Loan request please email library@abdn.ac.uk with full details of the journal article or book chapter and we will endeavour to source a digital version from partners. Please note it will not be possible to request loan copies of print items.

Due to the exceptional circumstances there will be no cost applied, and a voucher number is not required.
 

Academic staff – There are items on my reading lists only available in print. Is it possible to buy digital versions?

We are aware that some materials are only available in paper.

We are exploring how to expand our range of digital materials. Please contact the Information Consultant for your discipline with the details of the item. We will investigate whether it is possible to acquire it.

How can I access the Library’s digital resources when off-campus?

Please use Primo to access the online resources that the University of Aberdeen pays for. See our Library Guide on Accessing Electronic Information.

You will need to log in to access most of our resources using the Shibboleth/Institution Login process, as outlined in the guide above. A very small number of digital resources require the use of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), also outlined in the guide above.

In addition, many digital providers have opened up access to additional resources to support the global Higher Education community. Connection details and instructions for these additional resources – free books and journals – are provided in the Temporary Access to Additional E-Resources section above.
 

Where can I access materials to help with my assignment/dissertation?

Please use Primo to access our online resources.

See our Library Guides:

Primo Quick Guide

Primo – how do I find a book using Primo?

Further guidance on accessing and using digital Library resources is available in our Find it Fast Wiki.

For subject-related and search enquiries the Information Consultant for your discipline is happy to help.

It’s difficult to access electronic books and journals that I have used before. Why?

Electronic books and journals are currently in high demand. Websites may be slower than normal. Please try again later.

If the difficulty persists, contact the Information Consultant for your discipline.

Many digital providers are making their content freely available online due to COVID-19 restricting access to Library buildings. How do I access this content?

Many digital providers are opening up access to additional resources to support the global Higher Education community.

Information and connection details are provided in the Temporary Access to Additional E-Resources section above. Electronic books and journals are currently in high demand. Websites may be slower than normal. If you are unable to access an item, or service, please try again later.

If the difficulty persists, contact the Information Consultant for your discipline.

Alumni – Can I access the materials that have been made freely available by publishers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?

Some, not all, of the resources listed in the Temporary Access section of the library webpage above are available to alumni.

  • The majority of entries are from commercial publishers and access is limited to current staff and students at the university. A valid University of Aberdeen username and password are required to view these materials. Examples include Elsevier and ProQuest - these are not available to alumni.

  • A small number of publishers have made their content open to all (Open Access), e.g. Project Muse and The Royal Society for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. These are freely available to alumni.

The descriptions for each resource will describe whether the service is freely available (any user) or require a login/sign in (current staff and students).

In a separate project, library staff are identifying Open Access and Open Educational Resources. This is not specific to the COVID-19 situation although there will be some overlap with it. These OA and OER materials will be accessible to alumni. Information will be added to our web pages when the first phase of the project is complete.