Library Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
DCU Library Buildings will be CLOSED from Monday 16th March until further notice
The Library will now offer an online-based service
Check this page regularly and follow us on Twitter @DCULIB for updates, as this situation is constantly evolving
Check the DCU Coronavirus information page for all other updates regarding the current situation in the University
Library staff will be answering and redirecting all queries from the following email accounts Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Information Services
- email@example.com - Issue Desk
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Information Services
- email@example.com - Issue Desk
Borrowing and returning material
- All library buildings are closed until further notice, no borrowing will be permitted at this time
- Fines will be waived on any books due back during the closure period
- Urgent book returns can be dropped into the O'Reilly external bookbin - to the left of the Library revolving door (Please note material left in bookbin will be removed from borrower accounts in due course) Fines have been suspended at this time, so no charges will apply
- Continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students should hold onto any material they have on loan. Check the library website for updates on resumption of library services, and when it may be safe to return books to O’Reilly or Cregan Library
- Final Year Students
Free postal service available to return your library books (final year students only)
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and we will send you a specific post bag for you to return your books in
DCU Library continues to deliver timely added value services to students and faculty in this period
Access to Electronic Resources
The primary means of access is via the DCU Library website. When accessing remotely, students and staff will be prompted to enter their DCU username and password.
- EBooks, Open Books/Textbooks
The Library provides access to thousands of ebooks, many of them are core texts and can be accessed via the Library Catalogue.
DCU Library has also identified a broad list of Open books, textbooks and educational resources that supplement our own collections. These have been collated into a useful online guide. The guide also includes links to online texts which are being made available by publishers for a limited period in response to COVID 19.
- Journal Articles and Databases
Students and staff can search for articles using library databases or the Find Articles tab on the library’s search box via our website. There is also a tab for direct links to individual journal titles via the A – Z Journals tab.
Information and Research Support / Consultations
As normal, specialist help is being provided by our Public Service and Research & Teaching teams. You may contact a Subject Librarian directly via email or send an information query to email@example.com.
Our Research Communications Librarian can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance/advice on RDM/DMPs, open access publishing and bibliometrics.
These services are provided during normal business hours through the closure period (9am - 5pm, Monday – Friday).
DORAS is available as normal. Staff can continue to upload to DORAS. Support is available via email@example.com.
- Library e-tutorial for students
Our suite of dedicated research tutorials called LETS are available to students via Loop.
These are designed to help students locate, evaluate and use information ethically and effectively. LETS includes tutorials on: locating books and journal articles; searching library databases; effective search techniques; what is plagiarism? and how to avoid it; and how to cite and reference.
- Library Classes Online
We continue to offer library classes and consultations via Zoom.
View Classes & Workshops page for dates, times and Zoom session ID.
- Subject Guides
Subject Guides are designed to help students delve into specific subjects by bringing together authoritative resources available through the library and the web. They also contain contact details for your Subject Librarian.
Special Collections & Archives
Although the reading room and access to these collections are unavailable, you can contact (initially by email) members of the Special Collections & Archives team to answer and respond to any queries you may have.
Inter-library loan requests cannot be processed while the library is closed
- Please note that for Health and Safety reasons our Library buildings remain closed and we cannot provide a book lending service to staff or students.
- We cannot, for copyright reasons, provide scanned copies of books, journals or chapters.
- However, we will work with faculty to source alternative online versions or editions which can be used for teaching, research or assessment purposes. We encourage academic staff to promote our online collections to students as they prepare for their end of year assessments.
Updated 25 March 2020