Taylor Library – Block D (on the ground floor) will be closed on 18 June 2019

Block D downstairs

We would like to advise our readers that as part of the next week graduation, the back of Block D on the ground floor in Taylor Library will be closed on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

After the law graduation, there will be a prize-giving ceremony there organised by the School of Law.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Taylor Library

Talk this evening-“Cycling and the Law”

brendamitchellcyclingandthelawBrenda Mitchell, the founder and Senior Partner at Cycle Law Scotland, will give a talk this evening on the subject of Cycling and the Law. She will be discussing real case studies, case law, video footage and what to do in the event of a collision. This promises to be an engaging event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

The event will last from 7pm-8:30pm and takes place in New King’s 1 (New King’s is building 22 on the campus map).

Registry for this event is free. For more information and to book your place see the Eventbrite page .



It might not be such a bad idea if a law library promotes literacy. Let’s celebrate the National Poetry Day together with the following poem:

Hugh MacDiarmid  (1892-1978)

The Watergaw

One wet, early evening in the sheep-shearing season
I saw that occasional, rare thing–
A broken shaft of a rainbow with its trembling light
Beyond the downpour of the rain
And I thought of the last, wild look you gave
Before you died.

The skylark’s nest was dark and desolate,
My heart was too
But I have thought of that foolish light
Ever since then
And I think that perhaps at last I know
What your look meant then.

Read the poem in the original Scots version

The Watergaw

Ae weet forenicht i’ the yow-trummle
I saw yon antrin thing,
A watergaw wi’ its chitterin’ licht
Ayont the on-ding;
An’ I thocht o’ the last wild look ye gied
Afore ye deed!

There was nae reek i’ the laverock’s hoose
That nicht–an’ nane i’ mine;
But I hae thocht o’ that foolish licht
Ever sin’ syne;
An’ I think that mebbe at last I ken
What your look meant then.


Taylor Library Team

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Charlotte Square during the Edinburgh International Book Festival

This is an excellent opportunity to get a break from your studies. For those of you who are finishing your postgraduate courses during the summer and being busy with dissertations and deadlines, there is a chance to relax and enjoy life, while still staying intellectually focused.

If you visit Edinburgh between 13 – 29 August, you can celebrate the power of words at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with thousands of other festival goers. Nick Barley (the  Director of the Festival) explains that “the theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Project No Fear’. It’s about encouraging and celebrating the sort of courageous, positive, creative thinking that we desperately need in order to make the world a better place for everyone, rather than just for a privileged few.”

The Festival offers events for both adults and children. Please browse the themes of the programme here, there is really plenty to listen to, look at and read. Let’s finish this post with Fiona Hyslop’s words, who is Cabinet Secretary  for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs at the Scottish Government:  “Since 1983, the Edinburgh International Book Festival has been bringing together some of the world’s finest authors and the best of contemporary Scottish talent. This year’s programme is sure to capture and excite audiences.”

Taylor Library Team


Postgraduate Law Conference – University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

This is an exciting opportunity for you if you are interested in contemporary legal challenges.

Strathclyde Law School holds its inaugural postgraduate research conference from 5 to 6 November 2015, in Glasgow.

The conference has been organised by postgraduate students, and as its title suggests, will consider ‘Contemporary Challenges in Legal Theory, Legal Practice and Legal Methods’.

For more information, please follow this link.

Taylor Library Team


“Pushing the Boundaries”

SULC conferenceUniversity of Aberdeen hosts the 4th Scottish University Law Clinic Network (SULCN) Conference on 3 June 2015.

The theme of the conference this year is “Pushing the Boundaries”, and it seeks new, untraditional ways of client representation, like mediation, strategic litigation and innocence projects.

The Law Society of Scotland, who supports the event will also offer a presentation on “Street law” public legal education.

Are you interested? You can read more here.

Taylor Library Staff

Lin Masson retires

Lin MassonLin Masson has retired after nearly 20 years service with Library, Special Collections and Museums.

Colleagues from the Library and Special Collections, and members of staff from the School of Law, gathered together on 24th April to say goodbye to Lin Masson, Senior Information Assistant in the Taylor Library.

Lin was born in Edinburgh but moved to Aberdeen to do an HND at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology. Her first job was in the Commercial College Library and it was here that she met her future husband Keith, so you could say that libraries have played an important part in her life in more ways than one. After having two daughters, Lin went to work in Westhill Public Library. 

On the 6th of November 1995, Lin came to work at Taylor Library and she was convinced that part of the reason she got the job was because they needed someone tall to reach the top shelves! Lin has always been popular with the students, is easy going (unless there’s a misplaced apostrophe on display), and maintains a healthy sense of humour. 

Over the past 18 years, Lin has seen many students graduate and now it’s time for her to fly the coup. Her family are all grown up and Lin will now have time to devote to her many interests, including hillwalking. She will now have time to lead a few more excursions with the Westhill Walkers.

We will miss Lin but we have a feeling that she might just come back and see us from time to time.  All her colleagues and friends send their best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

Nicola Will
Site Services Manager
Taylor Library & European Documentation Centre

ACT. REACT. IMPACT. European Parliament Elections – does your vote count?

Europe Direct Aberdeen along with the European Documentation Centre, a part of Taylor Library at the University of Aberdeen, is holding an event for students to discuss, over a glass of wine, the relevance of the EU and European Parliament in advance of the European Parliament elections on May 22nd.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 26th March between 6.00 -7.30 in meeting room 1, Floor 7, in the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Further details are available at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/5040/

Posted on behalf of Mrs Alison Steed,
Principal Information Assistant (EDC),
European Documentation Centre,
Taylor Library & EDC.