Alternative Library Arrangements – Friday 26th August

The Sir Ian Wood Building will be closed from 9.30am until 4pm on Friday 26th August for essential repair works on electrical supplies.

As a result, the University Library will be closed all day and a pop-up library space will be available in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in the Aberdeen Business School building.

There will be access to study space, PCs and WiFi, library staff will be on hand to help with enquiries and free tea and coffee will be available.

Downtime for Proquest resources including RefWorks.


ProQuest will be undertaking maintenance of their products, including RefWorks, on Sunday 21st August from 3:00 AM to 11:00 AM BST to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of their products.

During this time access to all ProQuest databases will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

See the times for this maintenance in your region

This will affect the following library resources:

RefWorks, Art and Architecture Archive, British Periodicals, Country Life Archive‎, Design and Applied Arts Index, ERIC, International Newsstand, Periodicals Archives Online, PILOTS, Vogue Archive and Womens Wear Daily Archive.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Automatic renewal of library loans

We know that our staff and students are busy people with many deadlines and dates to remember. So, to make life a little easier, we’ve introduced automatic renewals for library loans.


You can still renew items yourself at the self-service kiosks in the Library or by logging in to ‘My Library Account’ but if you forget, then as long as your account is in good standing, we’ll do it for you and send you an email alert to let you know when things are due back.

We won’t be able to renew any items for you if they have been requested by another library user so you’ll still receive a recall notice or a courtesy reminder to let you know if anything needs to be returned. Fines will still be charged for the late return of any item that has been recalled.

Remember to reserve any items you need if they are all out on loan to stop them from being automatically renewed. Just click on the ‘Place Hold’ icon in the library catalogue entry and we’ll email you to let you know when they have been returned and are ready for pickup.

Update on Journal list and Full Text @ RGU problems

On the 22nd July we reported problems with the journals list and the Full Text @ RGU service which helps you track down articles. The problem was that

The journals list was not showing the electronic or print holidings for a large number of the journals which RGU provided access to.

The Full Text @ RGU service was likewise showing no availability for articles which should be accessible.

We can report that the library has been adding all missing journal information back to the system and that this work is nearly completed.

We do apologise for the problems this has caused and will report once all holdings have been restored.

In the meantime if you have any queries about tracking down journals or articles please email

Digimap: new licences and new home page

Digimap has made a couple of changes to the database. The first is that they have launched a new look and feel and you can see a preview of this on their blog.

The second is that there are new licenses for the Ordnance Survey collection so all current users will need to accept the new terms and conditions before they can use the material.

This is really simple to do, simply log in to Digimap and click on Ordnance Survey:


Then choose the service you want to use e.g. Roam. This will take you to a page that lets you know that you need to agree to a new license:


Click to open this, tick to agree to the new terms, and select a purpose from the drop down menu e.g. Academic Works, Research or Teaching.


You will then be able to submit the form and will be told when it is successful.

Finally you will then be taken back to the home page where you can now get into and use the Ordnance Survey collection.