Construction work in Taylor Library between the 13th – 15th of June 2022

We would like to advise our readers that there will be construction work carried out on our heating system in Taylor Library from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 June 2022.

The work might cause some noise and disruption. We would like to apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Taylor Library Staff
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Freshservice – New Enquiry Management System for Taylor Library

On Tuesday 17th August 2021, Taylor Library is moving to Freshservice – the enquiry management system used by the IT Service Desk, Finance, and eLearning at the University of Aberdeen.

From this date, when you send an enquiry to our email address (lawlib@abdn.ac.uk), you will receive an automated response with a unique ID by return. Enquiries that are still ongoing when we switchover to the system may also receive an automated response and will be handled using the new system from then on.

In preparation for the move, there will be a short interruption to service on the email account on Monday 16th August between 15:00-17:00. This means if you send an email during this time, you may receive a bounce back saying the account does not exist. If this happens, please try again after 17:00.

We hope that our new enquiry management system, Freshservice, will improve your library experience.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Accessing course reading lists on MyAberdeen

At the beginning of the academic year 2020-21, the Library Services undertook a huge project to support our academics as they were preparing for blended learning. We created almost 500 reading lists for courses in the first half session, and 368 reading lists for the second half session. Through these reading lists, students can have easy and direct access to the most important course materials.

If you want to access the reading lists of a particular course, please follow the steps below:

  • Go to MyAberdeen, then select the required course.
  • Once within the course’s opening page, check the links on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Click on Books & Tools.
  • On the right-hand side of the page, a pop-up window opens which displays the Reading List of the selected course.
  • Click on Reading List to see the uploaded materials.

Remember, this is not the full list of the course materials you need to read for the given course. These are just the few most important items that your course coordinator highlighted. In this respect, the Reading List in MyAberdeen can never substitute the Course Handout which contains the full list of course readings.

Also, if during the semester, your course coordinator or other academic staff who are involved in teaching post announcements about course readings on MyAberdeen, and you cannot find them, please contact the person who made the announcement and NOT the library because we cannot help with these kind of inquiries.

We hope that providing Reading Lists services will enhance your learning experiences, and it will be hugely beneficial while you are completing assignments or preparing for your exams.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor Library Closure

FullSizeRender (5)Due to measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19, Taylor Library will be closed at 17:00 on Tuesday 17 March 2020 for the foreseeable future.

Please, contact us via emails if you need assistance with online resources. Taylor Library staff will monitor library emails (lawlib@abdn.ac.uk) from home within office hours (09:00-17:00). Check the university website (www.abdn.ac.uk) for up-to-date information.

Information  and advice on corona virus situation:

NHS website – general advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Government advisory service: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Do you need help with your dissertation?

Inter Library Loans for taught postgraduates and final year undergraduates

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Are you preparing for your dissertation and you need a book or an article we do not have in stock? Have you ever thought of using Inter Library Loan (ILL) services? Through the national Inter Library Loan network, we can obtain materials for you from other libraries.

The post will explain how this service operates and highlight a few important facts you need to consider before requesting this service.

Before you submit your ILL request

Please make sure you have checked Primo before you submit your request. Each year, the ILL Team find approximately 50% of requests received are for items already in the University of Aberdeen’s library collections. If you are not sure how to search for items on Primo, or how to interpret the library record of the item, please come to the Issue/Help Desk or email us, and we will help you.

Please make sure that you have as much details as possible about the item(s) you need. Also, if it is a book that you want to request, you can check the author and title on Copac, and it would give you an idea how many institutions have the book.

What material can you request?

Books, reports, copies of patents or standards or journal articles may be requested.

How much does the ILL service cost?

Unfortunately, this is not a free service, so you need to pay for it when you are submitting your request. You can buy ILL vouchers at the Issue Desk in Taylor Library. A voucher costs £7.00 and covers one standard Inter Library Loan request. You can find the full list of the ILL charges here.

The progress of your request

Be aware that we cannot predict when you can get your requested items from other libraries, or that your request will be ever met. Usually, books could take up to 4 – 6 weeks to get here, while journal articles can be quicker, as these days they are scanned and sent immediately. You can check the progress of your ILL request through the Library Catalogue. Please login to the catalogue using your university username and password.

Please Note

  • Usually brand new books (e.g. published in 2018 and 2019) would not be sent out
  • If a book was on loan at the institution, it would not be recalled
  • If their copy was in their Heavy Demand section, they would not lend it either
  • We would not get books from institutions from abroad as it is very costly.

If you have any questions, please get back in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Sir Duncan Rice Library is open 24/7 until 17 May 2019

24 7As we are getting closer to the exams, the Taylor Library is getting more and more busy. We are happy to see many of you here, and to help you with your exam preparation. Although our opening hours stay the same, this does not mean, you have to stop your studies at 10 pm.

The good news is that the Sir Duncan Rice Library has extended its opening hours, and it is now open 24/7 until 22:00 on Friday 17 May 2019.

Please, be aware that there is only swipe access in the main library after 10 pm, so you always need your ID card to enter the building. Also, as library PCs require a nightly shutdown for reboot, they will not be available for around 10 minutes at 4 am. If you are working on something important at the time, you will have the option to delay the shutdown for 2 hours.

Remember, to take regular breaks and to look after your belongings. For your safety, do not leave the library alone, always travel home with your friends in the early hours.

We wish you all the best during revision time, and good luck with your exams.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

You said, we did – Service improvement in Taylor Library

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The new academic year is already upon us, and we are getting busier every day. It is great to welcome not only the new but also, the many returning students in the library.

For those of you who were regular users of our services last year, the news that the library has got 396 new electrical sockets must come as a pleasant surprise. We know how many of you preferred using your own laptops here, and were sometimes disappointed when you failed to find free tables next to a wall socket. During the summer, this major refurbishment gave us the chance to improve our services.

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Please come and visit us in Taylor Library to see what we can offer, and hopefully, enjoy a more comfortable and pleasant working environment.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Welcome to the Law Library

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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
 lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

Tip of the Day – Borrowing entitlement

beeeeewksLibrary users may borrow materials from the Sir Duncan Rice Library as well as from any of the site libraries, e.g. Medical Library or Taylor Library. The number of the items you can get depends on your membership category.

If you wish to know your borrowing entitlement, please consult the following list:

  • Undergraduate students: 20 loans
  • Taught Postgraduate students: 20 loans
  • Research Postgraduate students: 30 loans
  • Staff (including Honorary and Retired Staff): 50 loans
  • Temporary Services Staff: 10 loans
  • NHS Grampian Staff: 10 loans
  • External readers: 10 loans
  • SCONUL Access readers: 5 loans

Remember! University students and staff can get only two Heavy Demand books at a time, within their borrowing entitlement.

For more information, please follow the link here.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

New instructional video: Finding law e-journal articles through Primo

Needing to find an online journal article but unsure where to start?
Why not watch our short video on finding law e-journal articles through Primo…

You can find it under the Instructional Material tab in our blog, or online through our youtube channel.

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More videos on how to use the Taylor Library resources and facilities to come soon!

Just keep checking the list of our Instructional Material and hopefully you will find the right video to help you make the most of our library!

If you have any questions about this or any of our videos, please email lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Eleni Borompoka
Senior Information Assistant
Taylor Library and EDC
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk