Book A Seat in DCU Library

Book a Seat



Do you need a quiet space to study?
A comfortable chair?
Access to Wifi?

In keeping with current Covid regulations, we are pleased to announce that we are making a number of seats in O’Reilly Library and Cregan Library available for study via an online booking system.

All registered DCU staff and students can avail of this service.

Please read this page carefully. It contains essential information on steps you must take before you Book A Seat.

Book now using the online Book A Seat Form

In order to comply with contact tracing please book at least 3 days in advance. Failure to do so may result in an unsuccessful booking.

  1. Submit your booking using the designated online  Book A Seat Form
  2. A Covid-19 health declaration form is incorporated into the booking process and is required to be completed.
  3. Enter your name and DCU credentials (ID number and DCU email address).
  4. Select which library you would like to study in.
  5. Select the date and time that suits you.
  6. Click Submit at the bottom of the form.

Once your booking has been processed, you will receive an email to your DCU account confirming your booking.  

Please note: Phone or email bookings will not be accepted


All registered DCU staff and students can book a seat. 

You may book one slot per day - in the morning or the afternoon.


Book A Seat is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
Each booking period is for 3 hours.

Tuesday          09.30 - 12.30  or  13:30 - 16:30
Wednesday     09.30 - 12.30  or  13:30 - 16:30
Thursday         09.30 - 12.30  or  13:30 - 16:30


  • Book A Seat online at least 3 days in advance and wait to receive confirmation of booking.
  • Please ensure that your laptop and/or phone are fully charged. Not all allocated seats will have an accompanying socket.
  • Make sure you have all of the materials you need before attending.
  • Library Collections are closed and are only accessible to library staff (Access to book stacks will not be permitted) - we have a Click & Collect Service in place if you need access to library books in advance.

Remember to bring:

  • DCU ID card. 
  • Confirmation of booking (print or electronic format acceptable).
  • Face covering.
  • Water bottle (water fountains are not available on campus).
  • Your own supply of paper and stationery.

Entry is permitted ONLY on presentation of your DCU ID card and confirmation of booking.


Cregan Library (St Patrick’s Campus)

  • You may access the building through the Main Entrance. 
  • Enter through the disability door. The revolving doors are closed.
  • Make your way to the Main Desk to confirm your booking details.
  • Once confirmed, a member of staff will then direct you to your allocated seat. 
  • The study spaces are situated on the top floor. 
  • Please use the hand sanitising station upon entry into the building.
  • Bathroom facilities are available on the top floor only. 

O’Reilly Library (Glasnevin Campus)

  • You may access the building through the Main Entrance. 
  • Please buzz for entry and wait for assistance. The revolving door is closed.
  • A member of staff will meet you at the door and direct you to the Reception desk to confirm your booking details.
  • Once confirmed, a member of staff will then direct you to your allocated seat. 
  • Study spaces are located in the Mentoring Suite on the ground floor.
  • Please use the hand sanitising station upon entry into the building.
  • Bathroom facilities are available in the basement. 

Please Note: 

  • Face coverings are required to be worn indoors in all University buildings.
  • If more than one person is entering the building please adhere to the 2 metre social distancing  requirement while queuing.
  • To ensure social distancing only three people will be permitted to enter the foyer at any one time. Please establish an orderly queue outside the building.


  • Silent individual study only. Group study is not permitted.
  • Do not move tables and please sit in your allocated seat. 
  • Bathroom facilities are available. 
    Cregan Library:  bathrooms are located on the top floor only
    O’Reilly library: bathrooms are located in the basement. Ensure to bring your DCU ID card with you to enter and exit the turnstiles. 
  • Face covering must be worn indoor in all University buildings at all times.
  • Limit your movements while in the building. 


Non Compliance of Safety Rules will result in immediate removal from the building and may lead to a ban on using the service.

  • You must reserve your seat in advance.
  • Entry will not be permitted unless you have booked in advance and have completed the Covid Declaration Form - we require 3 days notice.
  • Once in the building you must follow the signage in order to facilitate safe movement around the building.
  • Access at this time is for Silent Study only.
  • Face covering must be worn indoors in all University buildings at all times.
  • Please use the sanitising stations on entry and located throughout the building.
  • In order to facilitate cleaning you must leave promptly at the end of 3 hours.
  • The book stacks are off limits and browsing is not permitted. 
  • All Service Desks are closed. Library Support is available Online.
  • The use of Catalogues, PCs, Printers or Copiers is not permitted.
  • You are not permitted to move around the library building other than to enter / exit or use bathroom facilities. 
  • No congregating in groups, changing seats or moving seats together.
  • Access to books should be arranged in advance via Click and Collect  only.
  • You may bring your bag in to the library.
  • Drinks must be carried in a safety cup or bottle.
  • Eating in the library is not permitted. 
  • Laptop loans are not available.
  • You must take all personal belongings with you when you leave. Items left behind will be discarded. 


We understand that sometimes things happen at the last minute, if you are unable to attend your booking please contact the library as soon as you can by emailing

As seats are limited, please don’t book a space unless you intend to use it.

Repeated cancellations or no shows may lead to a withdrawal of the service.


Please observe social distancing and follow directional signage during your visit.

Face coverings must be worn indoors in all University buildings at all times.

Cleaning will occur between bookings to ensure all seats and desks are sanitized. 

Please wash hands regularly and use the hand sanitising stations provided. 

Follow sneeze and coughing etiquette at all times. 

If you are unwell on the day of your booking, please do not attend, contact to cancel your booking.

In order to remain safe please follow all instructions given by library staff.


To protect our users, access to and browsing the book stacks is not permitted.

  • Please ensure you have organised collection of any library books you may need in advance  by using the  Click & Collect Service
  • DCU Library has a large collection of electronic databases and journals here
  • It is also possible to request a journal article or a book chapter using our Scan & Send Service  We will email the scanned material to you directly.
  • Please note that Service Desks are closed and staff working on site will not be available to assist with any queries on the day. 

Library staff support contact:

O’Reilly Library: 

Cregan Library: