Disruption to eBooks access – update

From today, 31st July 2020, the Dawsonera eBook platform will no longer be available. This is because the company have ceased ceasing trading and as reported last week there will be a short period of disruption while we move the eBooks to new plaforms.

At this time over 96% of our Dawsonera books have been moved to a new platform, VLeBooks, and the final 4% are being worked on.

All links on LibrarySearch and Reading Lists will be updated as soon as possible but while this work is happening you can access Dawsonera books on their new platform:

    • Go to http://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb?id=RobertGord
    • Log in, if prompted, with your RGU username and password
    • Search for the title of your book
    • Look through the results, find the book, click full details and then read online to access the book

The link to VLeBooks can also be found on the A-Z database list.

We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing and if you have any queries please contact library@rgu.ac.uk.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.43 – July 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.


We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.


OpenAIR currently contains 3965 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 583
Gray’s School of Art – 256
Law School – 176
School of Applied Social Studies – 145
School of Computing and Digital Media – 525
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 467
School of Engineering – 585
School of Health Sciences – 181
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 288
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 629
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 277
Other departments – 20


Last month, in June, there were a total of 2984 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.07.2020.

Library returns point on Garthdee Campus

The Library team are pleased to announce that there’s now a return point available on the Garthdee Campus for Library items. The box is located just outside the main entrance to the Sir Ian Wood Building and will be available 10am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. The box can be used to return any RGU Library items.

Library staff still aren’t working on campus so whilst the returns box will be checked regularly, it won’t be emptied daily. If the box is full please alert us by email at library@rgu.ac.uk. We will arrange to empty the box and contact you to advise when it is available for use. Please do not leave items lying beside the box if it is full. The box is outside the building so it is neither secure or weatherproof to leave items beside it.

Our Res Life colleagues are still accepting Library returns at both the Crathie and Woolmanhill residences. See our earlier blogpost for full details.

Items can also be returned via post. Please address items to University Library, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ. Please note that we will be unable to reimburse any postage costs.

For any enquiries about returns, or any other Library matter, please contact us by email. We may not be on campus but many Library services continue as normal and we’re happy to help!

Disruption to eBooks access

Dawsonera, one of the library’s eBook platforms, which provides nearly 3000 titles, has ceased trading. As a result, the RGU library is working with other eBook suppliers to move impacted titles to new platforms, which means links to Dawsonera eBooks on LibrarySearch and your online Reading Lists will be updated.

However, as this change has impacted a large number of universities and colleges across UK, the transition is a significant piece of work and there may be a period of time in August when these eBooks are inaccessible. However, we will try to minimise any disruption as much as possible and will provide updates on the Library Blog.

Therefore, we would advise that if you need to consult any eBooks over the next few weeks to follow these steps now:

      • Go to LibrarySearch and search for the eBook
      • Once you have found it click the title to get the full record and look at the View Online link to see if the eBook is from RGU Dawsonera e.g.

      • If it is from RGU Dawsonera please consult the eBook now rather than at the start of August in case there is a gap in the access.

If you have any queries please contact library@rgu.ac.uk.