Old Aberdeen Library in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

*COVID-19 update

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.

If you are not already a member, you can join online now and start using the online services immediately. Sign up for free here.*


The space at the rear of The Sir Duncan Rice Library Ground Floor was transformed at the end of last year 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 new 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. If you already are a member of Aberdeen City Libraries you will be able to borrow books from the Ground Floor.