Christmas, New Year & 24/7 Opening Hours


The Library’s Festive Opening Hours will be –

Saturday 23rd until Tuesday 26th December   CLOSED

Wednesday 27th December 09.00 – 17.00

Thursday 28th December     09.00 – 17.00

Friday 29th December           09.00 – 13.00

Saturday 30th December until Tuesday 2nd January CLOSED

Our 24/7 Opening dates will be –

Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 19th January 2018




OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.11 – November 2017)


Welcome to the eleventh monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


Earlier this month we upgraded our repository system, which will allow us to make future improvements. Keep an eye out for further information about these improvements over the next few months.


The repository currently contains 2,450 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = ROBERTSON, R., GRAY, D., BLOICE, L. and GRINNALL, A. 2017. Exploitation of off-peak airport spaces. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.2
  • = CARNEY, D. 2003. The analysis, presentation and sustainability of a past Northeast of Scotland “way of life” through video capture. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.
  • = BARGHATHI, Y., COLLISON, D. and CRAWFORD, L. [2017]. Earnings management and audit quality: stakeholders’ perceptions. Journal of Management and Governance [online], (accepted).

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 6,011 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:



The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (121 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (49 downloads)
  • = ADAM, I.S. 2014. An empirical investigation of the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s management of Nigeria’s upstream petroleum sector. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (31 downloads)

 The above data were correct at the time of writing (24.11.2017).

“Made it less scary to do research”

… just one of the comments made by attendees at our library workshops this semester.

Not convinced?  What about:

“engaging, informative and easy to understand”

“relaxed atmosphere, excellent explanations”

“very easy to follow, perfect pace”

Do you need to improve your search skills?  Or feel you lack confidence in finding journal articles, referencing or RefWorks?  Why not come along to one of our KnowHow to SearchSmart, Harvard referencing or RefWorks classes.  Check out our calendar of workshops and sign up at a time that suits you.  We look forward to seeing you there!



Problems with eBook access – update

We are pleased to report that the access problems reported yesterday for the eBook scheme detailed in this post have nearly all been fixed and nearly all of the eBooks are now accessible and can be previewed and then requested.

However there are still some titles where problems are being reported and access will be denied. We are working with the company to identify the problem books and hope to have this resolved soon.

If you have any questions about eBook access please get in touch at and we apologise for the incovenience this is causing.