Summary of our new building use requirements 

The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Medical and Taylor libraries are currently open for our students and staff. We are unable to provide library access to members of the public. 

All the rules we put in place in 2020 still apply - these measures allow us to keep both you and our staff safe. Please support us by taking care to understand the requirements, being patient about the new procedures, and complying with all the guidelines without requiring Library staff to remind you. 

Adhering to the requirements helps us avoid the need to impose further restrictions and makes it easier for the Library staff working in the building. 

Please observe the following rules when you visit:

  • Remember to bring your staff/student card as access to the libraries will be via swipe card through the card-controlled door to the left of the main sliding entrance door. Card scanning at the security gates is compulsory to meet Government Test and Protect obligations.

  • Use hand sanitiser on entry and exit and wash hands or use sanitiser during your stay 

  • Wear your face covering at all times or display your lanyard or show your exemption card if you are unable to wear a face covering 

  • Maintain two metre social distancing and follow the designated one-way routes 

  • Clean surfaces, PCs and Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) after use with the wipes provided 

  • Only approach Library staff who are seated behind support desk screens 

  • Note that no food or drink other than bottled water is permitted in the building. 

Once in the building

  • Lifts to be used by one person at a time, so please leave more time to move around the building

  • Only study spaces marked with a tick can be used, allowing 2m distancing 

  • The water stations on each floor will be available

  • Only water can be consumed in the Library, no other food or drink can be consumed in the Library

  •  We continue to welcome all University users who have no suitable alternative study space available to them. If a user is unable to evacuate unaided, we require prior arrangement before we can allow access. Please contact libnotice@abdn.ac.uk. A combination of signage and Welcome Desk staff support will ensure that anyone not able to use other floors, as a consequence of being unable to evacuate the building unaided, will be directed to dedicated accessible space on the ground floor within the Gallery in situations where access to the library tower cannot be accommodated, e.g. at weekends or other times when the Evacuation Lift Operators are not available.

Please speak to a member of staff at the Welcome Desk if you have any concerns or require assistance.

These signs will be displayed on digital screens in the libraries to remind you when you enter the buildings: