|Monday||9.30am - 4.30pm|
|Tuesday||9:30am - 4:30pm|
|Wednesday||9:30am - 4:30pm|
|Thursday||9:30am - 7:30pm (consultation only from 4:30pm)|
|Friday||9:30am - 4:30pm|
How to request closed access materials for consultation
All archive, manuscript and most special printed collections, listed here are closed access and so should be requested in advance.
Please search the catalogues here to identify the material(s) you would like to consult, then fill in a request card in person in the Reading Room, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to request the individual item(s).
Some materials may not be available due to their condition or size, or may already have been requested, so to avoid disappointment – especially if you are visiting from a distance – we would advise that you contact us in advance of your visit. Please also allow adequate retrieval time for multi-volume sets of materials and larger single items such as plans.
Access to browseable Reading Room Materials
Local Collection, S Collection and Reading Room periodicals, listed here are all on open access shelves in the Reading Room and so will be accessible and available for consultation without prior notice.
The Wolfson Reading Room
Special Collections Centre
The Sir Duncan Rice Library
Tel: +44 (0)1224 27 2598
The Special Collections Centre is located on the lower ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Please see the campus map for locations and directions to the library.
Access to the lower ground floor is by the stairs or lift by the Welcome Desk on the ground floor, you will need your library card or Access Pass to pass through the gates at the Welcome Desk.
If you do not hold a University or library card and wish to visit the Wolfson Reading Room to consult materials we ask you to please register for an Access Pass.
You can register in person at the self registration PC by the Welcome Desk on the ground floor, before you go down the stairs to the Reading Room, or online in advance of your visit. Please let Welcome Desk staff know that you will be visiting the Wolfson Reading Room.
To register online please follow this link here to the Self Registration online form. When you arrive, please let Welcome Desk staff that you have pre-registered. They will ask for your photographic proof of ID to complete your registration.
*Please note, whether you register in person or online, photographic ID will be required
All visitors to the Reading Room are additionally asked to sign our Readers' Register and provide address or institution details on each visit.
For further information about visiting the library please see the Visiting Us page on the library website.
If you have any queries, or further information about visiting the Wolfson Reading Room, please contact us directly by emailing email@example.com
All visitors to the Wolfson Reading Room are asked to leave all coats and bags in the lockers provided in the Special Collections Centre foyer. The lockers are operated by returnable £1.00 coins and are located on the lower ground floor adjacent to Reading Room.
Reading Room Guidelines
To help us safeguard our materials we will also ask you to observe our Reading Room Guidelines whilst working with us, please view these here.
Working in the Reading Room
Reader spaces and facilities
The Wolfson Reading Room provides:
Our special printed and archive collections are housed in climatically controlled facilities and will be fetched for consultation in the Wolfson Reading Room upon request.
Additionally three printed collections, along with catalogues and reference materials, are available to browse on open access in the Reading Room.
Browsable Reading Room material:
Requesting archive, manuscript and printed materials from closed collections
Manuscripts and Archives and our many other special printed collections can be consulted in the Wolfson Reading Room.
Please search our catalogues to identify materials to request for consultation.
You can visit the Reading Room in person to make your requests, we will ask you to fill in a request card(s), or alternatively please email your request(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply and confirm availability.
To help us retrieve the correct item(s) for you, please supply the archive or manuscript reference, and/or shelfmark details, along with title, author (if applicable) and the publication or creation date (if archives).
When making your request(s) please allow a little time for materials to be fetched from stores. Generally half a day should suffice, however, if you are able to give more notice, or wish to reserve materials in advance we are happy to receive more advance orders.
Collections are made daily for:
12.30pm - please request by 10.00am
2.30pm - please request by 12.30pm
9.00am - please request by 4.00pm the previous day (or Friday if for Monday)
Please request materials to consult on Thursday evenings by 4.00pm at the latest, on the same Thursday.
If you are requesting access to an Oral History or Oil Lives or Oil Lives interview please give a days notice where at all possible.
Some materials may take a little longer to be fetched, or may not be available - they may require conservation, have already been requested, or may take a little longer to retrieve – such as larger individual items or larger numbers of items. Some items may only be available by prior appointment, or may require permissions.
Research trips and visiting from out with Aberdeen
Materials and internet access
We may not be able to fetch materials immediately. To help us to have materials ready for you, so that you may make the most of your research time, please do get in touch with us in advance of your visit, especially if you are travelling from outside Aberdeen and/or are planning a more extended research trip. Guest internet access can also be arranged, please do let us know if you will require this before, or when, you arrive.
Please do contact us with any research or visit enquiries and for further information.
We are pleased to receive enquiries relating to our archival and printed collections, please email email@example.com.
We will acknowledge your request and will give you an indication of the likely turn round time for answering your enquiry. We aim to answer enquiries in order or receipt and according to any deadlines that may apply. The turn round time is dependant on the number of enquiries we have received at any one time, and on the extent of any research that may be required to identify relevant sources, but please allow a week or two in the first instance.
It will help us to answer your enquiry if you can let us know:
You may find it helpful to read, and may find your answer, in one of our fact sheets.
If you have an enquiry about a past student or member of the University you may find it useful to first consult the published lists for King’s College (1495 to 1860) and Marischal College (1593 to 1860), Aberdeen University (1860 to 1970), and the Colleges of Education.
Kings College, 1495-1860
Anderson, P. J
Officers and graduates of University & King's College Aberdeen, 1495-1860. Aberdeen : New Spalding Club, 1893.
King's College and University Roll of alumni in Arts of the University and King's College of Aberdeen, 1596-1860. Aberdeen : Aberdeen U., 1900.
Marischal College, 1593-1860
King's College and University. Roll of alumni in Arts of the University and King's College of Aberdeen, 1596-1860. Aberdeen : Aberdeen U., 1900.
University of Aberdeen, 1860 onwards
Johnston, William. Roll of the graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1860-1900. Aberdeen : Aberdeen U., 1906.
University of Aberdeen
Roll of the graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1901-1925, with supplement 1860-1900 Aberdeen : Aberdeen University Press, 1935.
Roll of the graduates of the University of Aberdeen, 1926-1955, with supplement 1860-1925.
Aberdeen : University of Aberdeen, 1960.
Roll of the graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1956-1970. Aberdeen : Aberdeen University Press, 1982
Please also see our Family History Resources in Special Collections factsheet here.
You can search certain Rolls online at http://www.archive.org/
Printed sources for Colleges of Education students
The Church of Scotland Training College in Aberdeen: records of the classes from 1874-75 to 1894-95. Aberdeen: Adelphi, 1896.
The Church of Scotland Training College in Aberdeen: records of the classes from 1895-96 to 1905-07. Aberdeen: Albany P., 1907
Aberdeen Church of Scotland Training College. Appendix to records of classes from 1874-75 to 1894-95. Aberdeen: Privately printed