Taylor Library – new opening hours

In the new academic year, Taylor Library is open for registered university staff and students only with a reduced capacity of 130 study spaces.

Our current opening hours:

Monday – Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 13:00 – 17:00
Sunday 13:00 – 17:00

Please be aware that we are operating under unprecedented circumstances in the middle of a pandemic, and that there are strict rules we all have to follow:

  • Wear face covering or lanyard all the time
  • Keep the 2 m distance from others
  • Bring only bottled water into the library (NO other food or drink permitted)
  • Use hand sanitiser on entry and exit
  • Observe the one way system while using our staircases
  • Place any handled books that are not borrowed on the trolleys provided
  • Clean desks, MFDs and PCs after use

Let’s all work together to keep Taylor Library open.

You can always check the current library occupancy here.

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Team

Good luck with your exams

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As law exams start from today, we would like to wish you all the best. We hope you are well and well prepared for the exams. During revision time, quite a few of you asked about online resources. You know very well how to access e-books and electronic journals through Primo, but not everybody is aware of the fact that more and more publishers give us free access to their academic collections. This means that there are more law resources available online than before. This post will highlight a few notable collections:

Bloomsbury Professional

The publisher, Bloomsbury Professional, has given us free access to the following law textbooks:

  • Gretton & Steven: Property Trusts & Succession
  • MacQueen & Thomson: Contract law in Scotland
  • Thomson: Family Law in Scotland
  • Dewart & MacQueen; Studying Scots Law
  • Himsworth & O’Neill: Scotland’s Constitution Law & Practice
  • Guthrie: Social Work Law in Scotland

Please email us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk for the link to the collection and for username and password.

Oxford Law Trove

Another important resource is Oxford Law Trove, which is Oxford University Press’s online platform for law textbooks. You can get temporary access to more than 190 titles there.

To access this collection, follow this link to the Library’s web page at:
  1. On the library page, go to the Temporary Access to Additional E-Resources section.
  2. Scroll down to Oxford Law Trove, and click on the arrow next to the title.
  3. Follow the link provided in that section to log in to the collection.
  4. On the publishers’ login page, check the left hand side of the screen under the Law Trove logo, and in the pale blue login box, click on Sign in via your Institution.
  5. On the next page, find and select University of Aberdeen.
  6. An authentication box will appear, and you will need to enter your university IT username and password to log in to Law Trove.

Within the collection:
– You can click on the Subject tab (on the top left of the screen, under the Law Trove logo) to see the different categories there,
– or, you can use the Search box in the top right corner of the screen.

Westlaw UK

Finally, do not forget that there are law textbooks available on Westlaw UK. The route to the Westlaw UK database is the same as it was: through Primo.  Once you have logged in, click on the arrow next to the Westlaw logo (on the top left corner of the screen), and select Books from the drop-down menu. On the Westlaw Books page, browse through the 336 book titles available to you.

Starting today, you will have a few days to finish your law exam questions online. If you need further help with accessing or using databases or the above mentioned collections, please contact us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Team 

 

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

Service news – Printing from your personal devices

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IT Services has confirmed that due to essential maintenance, the Printanywhere service will be unavailable until further notice.

During this time, you will not be able to send documents to print from your personal devices using the Printanywhere service. Printing from a University classroom PC will not be affected.

You can still send documents to the printer from your devices using our WebPrint service. More information on this can be found here.

Remember, WebPrint is not suitable for printing law essays as it defaults to double sided printing and this cannot be changed. Please, use a classroom PC instead, and select Print One Sided option before sending your document to the MFD.

If you need further help, please get in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Book sale in Taylor Library

booksale1We are happy to announce that our book sale is now on. 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
  • Cash only – no card payment

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

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Tips for new postgraduate law students

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Are you a new postgraduate law student at the University of Aberdeen?  Do you have assignments to submit?

Here are some practical advice before submission:

Good luck with your assignments.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

Alison’s retirement from Taylor Library

 

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Alison Steed (Principle Information Assistant) and Nicola Will (Site Services Manager)

We are sad to announce that Alison is retiring today after 22 years in the library service. But of course, our sadness will be overtaken by the joy that we know she will enjoy her retirement with her family, especially with her two grandsons.

She has been an integral part of the team here in Taylor Library and we will all miss her very much but wish her all the best for the future.

Taylor Library Team

 

 

Taylor Library during revision and exam time

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Library staff in Taylor Library always put special emphasis on maintaining an atmosphere which is suitable for individual studies, but during revision and exam time, we try to do more to ensure that the working environment is appropriate for all patrons.

Exam time evidently comes with a lot of stress and the library is busier than usual. We thought that observing the following basic rules can enhance the learning experience here:

  • Making and receiving phone calls is not permitted in Taylor Library. If you need to to make or receive a phone call, please leave the library to do so in the stairwell area of Taylor Block C.
  • If you are working in a silent area, please do not disturb others, remember, talking is not permitted there.
  • Be aware that food is not allowed in silent areas either, so please do not eat there.
  • There is a restricted area in the far half of the ground floor in Block D where the use of electronic devices is not permitted.
  • Please do not leave the library for long periods of time whilst using screen savers on library computers. Any PC which is left in this way will be logged out after a period of 30 minutes. This might mean that any unsaved work will be lost.
  • Leaving your personal belongings unattended could be dangerous. The Library cannot take responsibility for lost items. Any belongings unattended for 30 minutes or more will be removed to the staff office.
  • Although conversation is permitted in quiet areas, please remember, these chats must be very brief and quiet.

We would like to wish you good luck with your exams.

If you have any questions, please contact us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Staff

 

Extended opening hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

24 7With the exam period fast approaching, the Library Services at the University of Aberdeen is offering extended, 24/7 opening hours for students and staff.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) opened at 11:00 on Sunday 17 November, and it stays open continuously until 22:00 on Friday 13 December 2019.

There will be swipe card access after 22:00 every day, so please bring your ID card with you if you want to stay longer as access will not be permitted without a valid ID card.

Please, read more information about the extended opening hours here.

While TSDRL is open for 24/7 before and during exams, the site libraries – e.g. Taylor Library and Medical Library – are open as normal. Follow the link for more details.

If you have any feedback or suggestion, please contact us at library@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

OECD resources in Taylor Library and online

OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an international organisation of governments that work together to “understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. It analyses and compares data to predict future trends. It sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.” (OECD website)

As the above definition suggests, the OECD collection can provide valuable data for researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. The library services at University of Aberdeen provide access to students and academic staff to the OECD collection on paper  in Taylor Library, or online, through the OECD iLibrary database.

OECD resources in the library

OECD

Taylor Library has an extensive paper collection of OECD documents on Floor 2 in Taylor Block D. We have a large selection of periodicals, books, pamphlets, reports and statistics. Items are catalogued differently in this collection; the shelfmarks have an OECD- prefix attached. The library holdings cover the years between 1961 and 2004. For documents after 2004, please use OECD iLibrary database.

OECD iLibrary 

The database contains all the publications and data-sets released by not only OECD but also the International Energy Agency, the Nuclear Energy Agency, the OECD Development Centre, PISA and the International Transport Forum.
It covers different subject fields from agriculture and food through economics, education, employment, energy, environment to health and social issues. From 1998 onwards, through OECD iLibrary, you can access:

  • 15 240 e-book titles
  • 77 950 chapters
  • 231 820 tables and graphs
  • 2 185 articles
  • 6 165 multilingual summaries
  • 6 370 working papers
  • 7 billion data points across 79 databases.

If you need help with this collection, please get in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk