University Of Aberdeen Library Catalogue

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University Of Aberdeen Library Catalogue

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Self-service kiosks for borrowing library material can be found on the Ground Floor, in the Heavy Demand area on Floor 1, and on Floors 3 – 7.

Other Site Libraries

Take the items you wish to borrow to the nearest Issue Desk together with your ID card.

You are responsible for all books issued on your card. Do not pass them on to other people or lend your card to others.

How many items can I borrow?

Status Number of Loans
Undergraduate students 20
Taught Postgraduate students 20
Research Postgraduate students 30
Staff (including Honorary and Retired) 50
Temporary Services Staff 10
NHS Grampian staff 10
External Readers 10
SCONUL Access 5
Heavy Demand Collections 2

Information on borrowing for other libraries

We can provide loans and photocopies from our collections to libraries in the UK and abroad through the Inter Library Loans Service.

Returning loans

All types of library material, except Heavy Demand items, can be returned to any University library site. Secure boxes are placed outside the doors of the Taylor and Medical Libraries for returning Heavy Demand items before opening time.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library: use the Returns Room self-return machines. There are two internal drop points (like letter boxes) that allow you to return books one by one through a slot. Books are automatically discharged from your borrower record and routed by conveyer belts to sorting bins allocated to each floor or collection. Books are then collected by library staff and taken up to the relevant floors for fast reshelving. See Using the Returns machine video

On the outside wall of the Returns Room is an external book drop slot where you can make returns even when the library building is closed. This allows return of books, when the Library building itself is open or closed, 24 hours and 7 days per week.

Please take the receipt as this is your proof that the item has been returned.

Site Libraries: when returning loans during library opening hours, please give the material to a member of staff at the issue desk. Library material remains your responsibility while it is issued to you so please wait until it is discharged.

Heavy Demand material must be returned to the site where you borrowed it.

Annual Return of Books in June

Prior to the Annual return of Books in June items can be renewed via the library catalogue or in person. Fines for late returns are charged at a daily rate per item. The fine rate, for items overdue at the Annual Return, is 20p per day, if the item was not requested – if recalled or on hold, the fine rate is the normal £1.00 per day.


The Sir Duncan Rice Library

University of Aberdeen
Bedford Road
AB24 3AA

Tel: +44 (0)1224 273330
Fax: +44 (0)1224 273382


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