The space at the rear of The Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor was transformed at the end of 2019 to provide a space to enhance the visitor experience and encourage reading and relaxation:  

  • A range of new furniture, much of it with built in charging points
  • A lending collection provided by Aberdeen City Libraries
  • Regular exhibitions drawing on the University‚Äôs Library and Museum collections. Our exhibition, Sewing Resistance was launched in October 2019. 


The public library service will be called the Old Aberdeen Library, restoring a City Council lending library to the area for the first time since the 1990s. This has been an innovative and exciting collaboration with Aberdeen City Council, and we will continue to work in partnership to manage and develop the service. 

More information about the community within which the University of Aberdeen resides can be found on the Old Aberdeen Community Council website. The latest news from the Old Aberdeen Community Council is available from their newsletter.

The Old Aberdeen Library opened on Monday 14 October 2019. If you already are a member of Aberdeen City Libraries you will be able to borrow books from the Ground Floor.