A3 Colour MFD now in the Medical Library

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Due to increased demand, we now have a larger MFD on Floor 1 of the Medical Library, near the Issue Desk. The new MFD will print, photocopy and scan both A3 and A4 sized material in colour or black and white.

Here are the printing charges for undergraduates, taught postgraduates, and countdown card users (as of January 2018).

Black and White Colour
A4 single sided 3p per sheet A4 single sided 10p per sheet
A4 double sided 5p per sheet A4 double sided 19p per sheet
A3 single sided 4p per sheet A3 single sided 11p per sheet
A3 double sided 6p per sheet A3 double sided 20p per sheet

All MFDs display the cost in the job list (at the start of the document name).

For full guidance on printing, copying, scanning, and setting up laptops to print, see the Quick Guides in Learners’ Toolkit.



Medical Library Tours

photo of journals in the medical libraryMeet the library staff and find how to use the Medical Library!

We will be running short tours of the Medical Library on week days from Friday 9th September until Friday 16th September. We will not be running tours at the weekend.

There is no need to sign up, just come to the Issue Desk at 11am or 2.30pm and ask to join a tour.

Medical Library Team


2015 Embase® database reload now live

The 2015 Embase® global database reload on Ovid® was completed on Monday, March 9, 2015. See below for complete details on the reload.


The reload incorporates 937 new terms that have been added to Emtree as preferred terms for 2015. This includes 140 replacement terms (19 drug terms and 121 medical terms). Of these terms, 125 are new (generic names for drug chemical names) and 15 are replacements.

  • No drug terms will be replaced by a medical term, and no medical terms will be replaced by a drug term
  • No preferred terms will be deleted

Additional MEDLINE®-Unique Records

Elsevier has added further MEDLINE®-unique records to Embase and Embase Classic. This includes up to 25,000 records from 1974-2011 and up to 120,000 records from 1967-1973. These records will not be part of AutoAlerts. To view them, you will need to enter the following into your search to retrieve them –

  • 201592.up for records from 1974-2011
  • 201593.up for records from 1967-1973

Useful Resources

As a reminder, Embase reloads twice annually. If you have any questions, please contact Ovid Customer Support at support@ovid.com.

The Medical Library Team

The NHS Grampian Archives

Nurse holding a child with rickets at the Sick Childrens Hospital, AberdeenThe NHS Grampian Archives comprise the records of hospitals and other health related institutions in the Grampian area from 1739, when the Infirmary at Aberdeen was founded, to the late 20th century.

Most of the records from the 18th and 19th centuries are of hospitals: general and specialist hospitals, cottage hospitals and asylums. These records contain information on the administration of the hospitals and about the people who were patients, staff and contributors to hospital funds. In addition there are records from the three local poorhouses which in 1948 became hospitals in the newly formed NHS.

Material from the 20th century includes both hospital collections and the records of a range of local health organisations such as the National Insurance Committees set up under the 1911 National Health Insurance Act. Also contained in the archives are records of local authority health departments which, prior to 1974, had responsibility for a range of healthcare services including prevention of epidemics, mother and child welfare, and school medical services.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, WoolmanhillThe archive is housed in the Special Collections Centre, part of the Sir Duncan Rice Library in Old Aberdeen.  If you have any enquiries or wish to consult the records please contact the archivist Miss Fiona R Watson (email grampian.archives@nhs.net, telephone 01224 274912).

The photographs show a nurse holding a child with rickets at the Sick Childrens Hospital, Aberdeen and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary when it was at Woolmanhill. Both are part of the George Washington Wilson Archive.

The Medical Library Team

Library on the move

This app looks useful!


My Account area in Primo on the Library app My Account area in Primo

Did you know there is an app for Library, Special Collections and Museums (LSC&M) on the University’s iAberdeen app for iOS and Android smart phones?

The library app lets you search across LSC&M catalogues using our resource discovery tool, Primo. Key features include an option to login to My Account where you can view and renew your loans, view your requests for books, check for messages from the library, and view details of favourite titles saved to your personal e-Shelf.

Once logged in you are able to make an advance booking on an item from a Heavy Demand collection, recall a book out on loan to someone else, and request an item to be delivered to your home library from a remote store or library on a different campus.

We think this app offers a quick and easy way of accessing our catalogues, linking to our electronic resources, and much more – wherever you are, even when…

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Pre-booking Heavy Demand books

Did you know that you can pre-book Heavy Demand items up to 3 weeks in advance? You can do this yourself from Primo or the Library Catalogue.

Up to 14 items may be reserved over a 3 week period but you may not book an item over consecutive days or reserve more than 2 items per day.

When you have found the item that you want:

  • Log in using your computer username and password or your library card ID number (including the card issue number if you have one), followed by your PIN number
  • Click on the Availability tab, then the Heavy Demand Booking link, then select the date that you want to reserve the item for.
  • Go to the Heavy Demand shelf between 10.30am and 3.30pm on the date you have selected to pick up your reserved item.

Please ask us if you need any assistance with making bookings or finding reserved items.

Medical Library Team

3-Day-Loans: Service Improvements

Previously you told us you’d like e-mail reminders for when your 3-day-loans were due, so we introduced this in August 2013. In order to help you manage your loans and time we are now taking this a step further by automatically renewing your 3-day-loans for you where possible.Please note that another reader may request any item you have on loan at any time so it will not always be possible to renew for you. You will have to check the e-mail reminder we send as it will tell you whether or not you have to bring an item back (and please be aware that you will befined if the item is not returned on time!). Items will auto-renew up to a total of 9 times, after which you will have to take them back to the libraryin order to return or re-issue them. Auto-renewals are also subject to the level offine on your library record; if you have over £2.00 in unpaid fines then items will not automatically renew.We hope this amendment will mean fewer fines for forgetting to renew 3-day-loans and that you find this to be a useful enhancement to our service.

For more tips on how to avoid library fines have a look here.

Medical Library Team