Charity abseil off the library tower

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Today saw a charity abseil take place down the library tower!   Take a look at more pictures on flickr: charity abseil  

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Doors Open Day – Saturday 14th September


Members of the public will get the chance to explore the new Riverside East Campus – including the Library Tower – as part of the city’s Doors Open Day 2013 on Saturday

Guided tours will be available at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. Come along and enjoy the amazing views of the city and Deeside from the 9th floor.

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Riverside East and the Library Tower at Dusk

Tower evening

Now that the nights are getting darker we’re just starting to see the lighting effects on the new building for the first time.

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“This fine building …” Henry Ellington

The St Andrew Street Library will close tomorrow, marking an end to University Library Service provision in the city centre. RGIT (as it then was) took over the former Aberdeen College of Education premises in St Andrew Street in 1968 and spent over half a million pounds refurbishing the building, “incorporating a wide range of specialist laboratories and other teaching facilities” (Ellington 2002 p. 109). The College’s former gymnasium was used to incorporate RGIT Central Library, the Library HQ, in much more extensive accommodation than it had previously occupied in nearby Blackfriars Street.

The Library continued to be the HQ of a network of site libraries until 1998 when this function transferred to the new Georgina Scott Sutherland Library at Garthdee. By moving the HQ functions much of the space that had been used for staff work areas was converted to library teaching and study space. It remained so until 2006 when changes to the University’s Estate brought further refurbishment to the St Andrew Street building, to accommodate important functions relocated from the Blackfriars Street building, which was now owned by Robert Gordon College.

The main part Library was relocated to the space in the central part of the building near the main entrance, which had previously been used as a games hall. New project rooms were made available in nearby areas, the building proving itself to be as adaptable to the 21st century as it had to the 20th. Further development a few years later added a silent study area adjacent to the Library facility. These recent developments have occurred alongside changes to the University’s recruitment strategies, growing portfolio of distance learning modules, CampusMoodle and the inexorable growth of digitized information and the internet. But above all, the Masterplan project for the University’s Estate development at Garthdee has been the main driver towards incorporating St Andrew Street Library into the development of the new University Library at Garthdee.

Illustrated below are pages 108-109 of Professor Henry Ellington’s book “Robert Gordon University – a history” showing a nostalgic black and white glimpse of the St Andrew Street building and the Central Library, with a snapshot of the Library it is was this week when the collections have been being transferred to the new library.

ELLINGTON, H., 2002. Robert Gordon University – a history. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University.

Robert Gordon University Professor Ellington

St Andrew Street Library

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St Andrew Street Library move & closure

On Monday 19 August  we will begin moving books and journals from the St Andrew Street Library to the new University Library at Riverside East, Garthdee.  This move will see all library services consolidated on to one site.   St Andrew Street Library will close for the last time on Friday 23 Au­gust at 5pm.

The pharmacy, life sciences, engineering and computing books and journals currently at St Andrew Street will be interfiled with existing stock over levels 7, 8 and 9 in the new library tower.  We look forward to welcoming all our St Andrew Street Library users to Riverside East and hope you will enjoy using our exciting new facility.


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