University of Aberdeen

Contact details

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About the library

The University of Aberdeen’s collections contain over a million items collected over five centuries. These are housed between four library sites over two campuses, and also several closed access stores, making it one of the largest and best equipped academic facilities in Scotland. Sites are specialised as follows:

  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library (arts, science, education and social sciences) including the Special Collections Centre, containing over 150,000 printed volumes dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
  • Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre (law with official UK and EU publications).
  • The Medical Library (hospital, laboratory, pre-clinical, community-based medicine and medical science).

The local library catalogue is available online.

The University of Aberdeen also contributes to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

British Library inter-library loan codes

Library code


Policy code


For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the University of Aberdeen's records in Library Hub Discover here.