From getting to know our libraries to MyAberdeen – You can find out what you need to know while studying at the University of Aberdeen by navigating your way through the information below


Books can be very expensive, so before you buy, why not try:

  1. Visit the Library or search their online database.
  2. Bookends is AUSA's second hand charity book shop, based in the Students' Union Building on Elphinstone Road.
  3. Blackwell's is at 99 High Street (Old Aberdeen), stocking new and second hand copies of core reading list texts.
  4. Check your course or departmental noticeboard as students often post adverts selling their old text books cheaply.

Or you could try these websites:


The University has three libraries: The Sir Duncan Rice Library (main library) which also contains the Special Collections Centre; Taylor Library (law); and the Medical Library (dentistry, medicine, medical sciences, health & nutrition). With over a million books, more than 500,000 ebooks and over 25,000 e-journals, library services provide flexible access to resources on and off campus at a time to suit you.

The libraries are open daily during term time and have hundreds of study places in silent and quiet study areas as well as group project rooms and areas.

There is a good support network of staff and resources including subject help, instructional talks, printed and electronic information guides, vodcasts, podcasts, Twitter.


MyAberdeen is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment where you can access learning materials and resources associated with your courses:

A number of resources have been developed to help you make effective use of MyAberdeen:


There are computer classrooms available for use throughout campus; the largest being in Edward Wright and MacRobert buildings in Old Aberdeen. The university computers can be accessed by logging in with your student ID and password.

Skills Development
Undergraduate students

Graduate attributes

The University's Graduate Attributes are a wide-ranging set of qualities, which you will develop during your time as a student in preparation for future employment, further study, and citizenship. You will have many opportunities to develop and achieve these attributes. These will include learning experiences on credit-bearing courses and co-curricular activities such as work placements, study abroad, and volunteering.


The ACHIEVE site on MyAberdeen offers resources that will enable you to assess and reflect upon your present skills and development needs. You will also find resources to help you to improve your skills and links to a range of University services. When you have access to MyAberdeen, you will find the ACHIEVE site listed in your My Organisations module on the Home and Organisations tab.

Postgraduate Taught Students

The Academic Learning Resources site in MyAberdeen can be found in your My Organisations module on the Home and Organisations tab. These resources are provided by the Student Learning Service and include help with essays, academic writing and note-taking.

Postgraduate Research Students

The University offers skills training for Researchers through the Centre of Academic Development. Further details on courses run, as well as booking information, can be found on their website.

Individual Schools may offer their own skills training courses. Details of these should be provided on induction. If not please discuss what opportunities are available with your supervisor.

As a postgraduate researcher, you are expected to produce a thesis and you are also expected to develop a wide range of professional and research skills. Such attributes are desirable not only in an academic environment, but many employment sectors in the business, teaching, and voluntary field are actively recruiting researchers because of the transferrable skills they have.

Help from Former Students

Level 2 Guide

Level 3 Guide

Level 4 Guide

Staff Directory

How do I find staff email addresses?

Email addresses of University staff and research students, if available, are published through the Staff Directory. Email addresses are subject to Data Protection and therefore some staff may have chosen to opt out of this publicly available directory.

Study Spaces

When they are not booked for teaching, computer classrooms are open for you to use. For more information on study spaces please visit the Study Spaces on Campus page which details term, vacation and exam time opening hours as well as PC availability across campus