Books & Ebooks

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Library books & Ebooks

DCU Library has several collections of print books across all three libraries.

All books and Ebooks are listed in Library Search

Details on how to borrow are listed here

The library provides user access to over 200,000 Ebooks through direct purchase or annual subscription models. 

The vast majority of these Ebooks can be found in Library Search. When accessing, students and staff will be prompted to enter their DCU username and password.

Aside from Library Search, users can search for DCU Ebook content directly from the relevant platforms. 

The main Ebook platforms available are:

Main/ Short loan Collection

  • Most books in these collections can be borrowed for 3 weeks
  • Books in the Short Loan Collection are for essential reading and are usually on your reading list. These can be borrowed for 48 hours and are distinguished by a red sticker on the spine. They cannot be renewed.
  • Multiple books can be borrowed from each collections. For more information on loans, see our Borrow, Return & Renew page
Main/ Reserve Collection
  • Most books in these collections can be borrowed for 3 weeks
  • Books in the Reserve collection are copies of frequently borrowed books
  • Multiple books can be borrowed from each collections. For more information on loans, see our Borrow, Return & Renew page
Junior Collection
  • The Junior Collection spans pre-school age to adult books and is relevant to the primary curriculum. It includes Irish interest and Irish language titles and picture books. 
  • Shelf-mark label on the spine of the book contains the prefix ‘J.’ 
Teaching Collection
  • The Teaching Collection comprises current textbooks, class readers, how-to-teach books and non-book resources. Its primary aim is to support students as they undertake School Placement. 
  • Shelf-mark label on the spine of the book contains the prefix ‘TC.’
Live Wise Collection
  • This collection aims to enhance and promote well-being and resilience and supports individuals in finding new approaches to life's challenges. 

The Store is a large collection of supplementary material held in storage in O’Reilly library.

Books from this collection are available only on request via the record in Library Search.

Before submitting a request, please ensure there is no alternative means of accessing the title - either in main collections, or as an Ebook.

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To submit a request:

  • Sign in to Library Search and locate the record of the required book.
  • In the Availability and Request Options section, click on the blue Request link.
  • Choose your library Pickup Location
  • Press Send Request to start the process.
  • You will be emailed when your book is ready for collection.

Requested items are typically supplied within 48 hours when pick up is O’Reilly. Supply time to Cregan Library or Woodlock Hall Library is generally 2-3 days.