Rooms and Spaces
All library sites have Project or Group Study Rooms and spaces for quiet and silent study. More information on facilities in the Medical Library is available on the Rooms and Spaces pages.
WiFi is available in the Medical Library and most University academic, administrative and residential buildings on the Foresterhill campus.
Eduroam provides staff and students with authenticated access to Aberdeen’s network. Visitors from other participating institutions can also connect to the Eduroam network when visiting Aberdeen by using credentials provided by their home institution. IT Services provide an online wireless help service and also provide support from the Service Desks.
CityConnect provides free WiFi for visitors to the Foresterhill Campus. A portal page allows visitors to access the internet by simply signing in via their social media account (Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter). Form based access is also available. Once they’ve registered, visitors will pick up the Aberdeen-city-connect network.
PC Classroom and Clusters
Information about computer and other IT facilities in the Medical Library and our other libraries is available on the library Computer Facilities web pages.
IT Service Desk
There is an IT Service Desk (MedIT) in Room 1:122 in the Polwarth Building providing support of, and assistance with, University of Aberdeen IT services, software or hardware for those based at the Foresterhill campus. For further information including opening times, please see the IT Service Desk pages.
The Issue Desk provides the full range of standard library services. These include loans, heavy demand issues, returns, recalls, reservations, inter-branch requests and inter-library loans. A box is placed outside the Library for return of Heavy Demand books before the Library opens. See our factsheet Library Provision in Medicine for more information about our range of services.
The Enquiry Desk is situated on Floor 1 by the Issue Desk. It is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday during term time for help with searching the online databases, using and troubleshooting RefWorks and any other library-related queries.
You can top up your print budget with cash at the Issue Desk whenever the Medical Library is open. The minimum payment is £5 with larger payments in multiples of £1 only. You can also pay by card online via E-Pay PrintManage from your Student Hub or the desktop of the classroom PCs.
Members of the public can buy Countdown Cards for using the MFDs to photocopy. These are available from the Issue Desk. A card costs £2 and payments are added to it in multiples of £1.
Inter Library Loan Requests
The Inter Library Loans Service helps staff and students obtain material that is not held by the University Library. Through the Inter Library Loan network, the Library is able to borrow items and obtain photocopies from other libraries in the United Kingdom and abroad. Books, reports, theses, and issues of periodicals or articles may be requested.
You will need an Inter Library loan voucher before you submit your request.
Payment (by voucher) is required, in advance, for every request made. You can buy ILL vouchers at the Medical Library Issue desk. They may also be available through your departmental library representative. NHS Grampian staff should apply for inter library loans through the NHS Grampian Library and Knowledge Service at the Royal Cornhill Hospital.
- Information for Disabled Users
- Access via the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus (map)
- Ramp at the Cornhill Road entrance
- Ramp at the entrance near the Suttie Centre
- Lift on the main staircase of the Polwarth Building to all floors (the Library is on Floor 1)
- Lift in the Medical Library to all floors, but very narrow doorway
- Four floors with no internal steps; the Basement fire exit is very narrow and unsuitable for wheelchairs
- Induction loop for hearing-impaired at the Issue Desk
- Accessible MFD (multi-function device for photocopying and scanning)
- Accessible toilet for disabled staff and students available outside the Auditorium, Polwarth Building, very close to the Medical Library
An Assistive Technology Booth is available on the Floor 1. This single occupancy room is available for use by disabled students. It provides assistive software for those who need it. The booth has swipe-card access for authorised users online booking is available for the booth. Further information is available on the Assistive Technology web pages.
Two PCs with enhanced software and height-adjustable tables are available on Floor 1. Priority access is given to disabled users.
The library factsheet Accessible library facilities and services has more information for disabled students.
- Medical Books and Journals
The main current book stock including pamphlets and folios is shelved on Floor 3, the top floor of the Medical Library. They are arranged in the Dewey classified sequence which is used throughout the University Library. New books are added to our collection every month. For a complete list, go to the New Aquisitions page.
The Medical Library Shelving Guide is a useful subject guide. Paper copies of this guide are also available in the library.
The Ground Floor contains all older book material. Medical Directories, Medical Registers and the audio-visual collection (tapes and slides) are shelved at the end of the book section on this floor.
Heavy Demand Collection
The Heavy Demand collection is shelved on the first floor of the library. The material in Heavy Demand is mainly books on the lecturer’s recommended reading list. For more information on Heavy Demand items, go to the Types of Loan tab on the Borrowing from our libraries web page.
Reference books are shelved on the first floor; this includes Electives and MSc thesis. These items cannot be borrowed but may be consulted in the library.
Medical journals have a shelfmark beginning F Per 610. Journals are shelved in alphabetical order on the ground floor and second floor of the library. Journals from 1995 onwards are shelved on on Floor 2, and pre 1995 journals are on the Ground Floor. The current year’s journals are stored in cupboards on the right hand side of Floor 2 with the most recent issue on display on the front of the cupboard.
Journals are issued on 24 hour loan and may be renewed by phone or online if they have not been requested by another user
We subscribe to a large number of full-text e-journals in Medicine and Biomedical Science. An alphabetical list is available via Primo.
- Useful Web Links
NHS Knowledge Network
The NHS Knowledge Network is available to all NHS Scotland staff and to a range of NHS partners including most medical students at the University of Aberdeen.
- NHS Knowledge Network - log in with your OpenAthens password
- Accessing NHS Knowledge Network content from an AU computer (factsheet)
It provides access to many journals which the University of Aberdeen does not subscribe to. Some of these journals are freely available, but to get the full benefit of the service you will need to apply for an OpenAthens username and password. Members of the following groups may be eligible -
- Staff - anyone who works directly for or is a contractor with NHS Scotland, including those providing training to NHS staff.
- Students - undergraduate or postgraduate students working or training with the NHS.
- Partners - all individuals and organisation that provide services and support to the work of NHS Scotland.
To find out more and to apply for a password, follow the >Sign-in/Register link at the top right of the Knowledge Network home page.
Please note that University of Aberdeen computer usernames and passwords will not work. Please refer any questions to our NHS colleagues at Cornhill Library. Contact:
MIMS is a database of prescription and generic drugs, clinical guidelines and patient advice.
British National Formulary (BNF)
The BNF provides UK healthcare professionals with authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicine. To access BNF content, register as follows -
- Go to MedicinesComplete
- Choose the NHS or Non-Commercial option
- Select the top two options (BNF and BNF for Children)
- Select the appropriate boxes at the bottom of the page, then click Proceed
Online Database Tutorials
Follow the links for online tutorials, webinars, user guides and other training resources from the publishers of these databases.
Come to our Enquiry Desk to find out more about how to search for information in medicine and biomedical science. We can also help with referencing, citing and troubleshooting RefWorks.