Lost something???


Well, we might be able to help.
Are you looking for your

  • laptop/phone charger
  • earphones
  • water bottle
  • scarf
  • umbrella
  • or, even a pair of boots???

Please, come to Taylor Library and look around in the Lost Property section. You will find a table next to the Issue Desk with the items recently found in the library.

Do you still not see what you are looking for? Do not panic, ask for help at the Issue Desk, as USB sticks and confidential documents are kept there.

Anything of value (jewellery, bank cards, wallets, etc) – after 24 hours – is taken to the Security Office on Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen. It is open from Monday to Friday 7.00 am – 3 pm.

Remember, your stuff misses you too, so collect them in Taylor Library until Wednesday 14 March.

Taylor Library Staff


Book sale in the law library


book sale

We are happy to announce that our annual book sale is now on until Monday 5 March. Please visit us, and check out the books on the trolleys next to the Issue Desk. We sell law books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required. They cover almost every area of law, form jurisprudence through criminal law, family law, intellectual property law, land law to EU law.

Our prices are really friendly:

  • Paperback – £1.00
  • Hardback – £2.00

We hope that many of you will find something interesting and useful in the sale section.

Taylor Library Team


Welcome to the law library


Taylor Library and the European Documentation Centre (EDC) welcomes all new students who start postgraduate studies at the University of Aberdeen in January 2018.

Janet MacKay, Information Consultant for Law, will provide you with an induction talk in the Old Senate Room on Friday 12 January, between 10 – 11 am. On the same day, after the talk, there will be two library tours in the Taylor Library. The first tour starts from 11 am, and the second runs from 11.30 am. Please check your university emails to find out your group allocation.

As a modern academic library, the Taylor Library can offer paper collections as well as e-resources and access to legal databases. The following links take you to specific information pages on library services and facilities. If you have any problems using electronic resources, please read our library guides or contact the dedicated Help Desk in the Taylor Library.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in the library soon, and wishing you all the best of luck for your postgraduate studies.

Taylor Library Staff


OSCOLA – citing hard copy journal articles


OSCOLA final

If the article is available in print copy as well as online, cite the hard copy version. There is no need to cite an electronic source for such a publication.

The elements of citation are as follows:

  • Cite the author’s name first (followed by a coma)
  • Give the ‘title of the article’ (within single quotation marks)
  • Year of publication [in square brackets if it identifies the volume] or (in round brackets if there is a separate volume number)
  • The volume number if there is one
  • The name of the journal (in full or abbreviated form – with no full stops)
  • And the first page of the article.


Carmen Draghici, ‘Immigration Tribunal fees as a barrier to access to justice and substantive human rights protection for children’ [2017] PL 1

John Gardner, ‘The Negligence Standard: Political not Methaphysical’ (2017) 80 MLR 1

Tip! Put a coma after the first page of the article if there is a pinpoint:

JAG Griffith, ‘The Common Law and the Political Constitution’ (2001) 117 LQR 42, 64.

For more information, please see page 37 in the OSCOLA user guide or visit us in the Taylor Library & EDC.

Taylor Library Team



Useful information to you for your first assignment – Library Exercise required by Legal System (LS1025) course

As a first year law student, you will be required to complete a mandatory Library Exercise in the Legal System course in late September. In this exercise, students have to come to the Taylor Library, and find answers to around 30 questions set by the School of Law. This activity introduces two very basic collections to you: the Law Report Series and Official Publications collections. It helps you navigate through legal cases and primary legislation, and it shapes your knowledge on legal terminology.

This is the very first assignment you have to face, and students are often overwhelmed by the challenge. To make the completion of the Library Exercise easier, and more successful, we put together the following list of instructions.


  1. Read the questions carefully! You will find questions related to court cases. To find the right answers, you need to know what the case citation means in a particular case.
  2. Decoding citation is not always straightforward, especially if you have never done this before. Please follow the hyperlink to get help with understanding case citation.
  3. In the Taylor Library, there are posters everywhere which can explain what the different abbreviations stand for. Look for posters like this at the end of the shelves.Abbreviation posters
  4. Once you know the meaning of the abbreviation, you are on the right track to find the resource you need. For example, if the abbreviation is SC, and you have figured out that this stands for Session Cases, then the next step is to locate this law report series in the library.
  5. Law reports are stored on the right hand side of the lower level in Block C and Block D, and they are arranged in alphabetical order.


  1. Around half of the questions concern legislation. And, just as with legal cases, legislation also has its own citation regime. Please follow the link to learn more about citing legislation.
  2.  The Official Publications collection which contains the resources you need is found at the back of  lower Block D, on the right hand side. Block D downstairs
  3. In order to answer the questions, you will need these publications:Statutes
  4. There are always a few questions concerning the Current Law Statutes Annotated collection which can be found on the lower level in Block C, opposite the Help Desk.


  • This is an individual assignment and not group work. Please work alone, and ask the library staff, and not your fellow students, if you need help.
  • Certain resources are stored downstairs in Block D. We would like to remind you that it is a Silent Study Zone, so talking is not allowed there.
  • And finally, this is a paper exercise. You are expected to find the answers in the library and not online. Please try to avoid using electronic legal databases.

We hope that this exercise will be a pleasant and rewarding experience. Do not worry if you cannot find the answers right away, you still know where you can find us. Please, come to the Help Desk or to the Issue Desk in the Taylor Library, and do not be afraid to ask for help.

Good luck with your Library Exercise!

Taylor Library Team

Hello from Janet, your Information Consultant


Hi! I’m Janet MacKay, the Information Consultant for Law. I’m here to support the students and staff in the School of Law. I qualified as a librarian in 2003, and have been a member of the Teaching, Liaison & Consultancy team in the University of Aberdeen’s library since 2011.

The best way to contact me is by email as I am often teaching or at meetings. My email address is j.i.mackay@abdn.ac.uk. I work in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (SDRL) for part of the week as I am also the Information Consultant for the Business School – my office in SDRL is on Floor 4. If you have any questions, please get in touch. If I’m in my office in Taylor Library, just knock! It’s the room with the ‘Librarian’s Office’ notice on the door.

If you are a new student, we’ll be meeting in workshops where I’ll be teaching you how to find the literature to support your studies and beyond.

See you soon!

Welcome to the Law Library

Welcome photo

The library team welcomes all new and returning students to Taylor Library. Once you’ve admired our brilliant new carpet, please wander around the shelves and check what we can offer to you.

The new book shelf is full with items acquired over the summer. The latest parts of the legal journals and law reports can be seen on our display unit. We have tidied the periodicals, the law report collection, as well as the general law book collection upstairs, and we are happy to report that quiet a few missing items were found, though not everything.

As a modern academic library, we can offer not only paper resources but e-books, e-journals and access to quite a few mainstream legal databases

Please follow the links, if you need information on library servicesfacilities and law resourcesOur guides provide quick help for any kind of library or resource related problems.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in the library soon, and wishing you all the best of luck in the 2017/18 academic year.

Taylor Library Team