Borrow, Return & Renew

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Borrow, returning and renewing items

How to Borrow
Click & Collect

You can request a book from either library and collect it from the library of your choice through the Click + Collect service.
Books on loan and books on the shelf can be requested. You can request up to ten books at a time with this service.
All loans borrowed will be issued for 3 weeks.
No fines are applying at this time.

    Tip: Always check your online ‘My Library Account’ for the due date of each item on loan.

    Borrowing Entitlements: 

    • Undergraduates can borrow up to 14 items 
    • Bachelor of Education (B Ed) students can borrow up to 20 items
    • Postgraduates and Staff may borrow up to 20 items

      From Monday 28th June 2021 Library books will no longer be quarantined before being reshelved.

      We advise library borrowers to refrain from borrowing library material if they have any symptoms related to Covid 19. All borrowers should regularly wash their hands when using library material.
      If symptoms occur after borrowing, we ask library users to comply with the following guidelines:

      • Complete the 10-day isolation period (be 5 days fever free)
      • Quarantine items for 72 hours after the isolation period before returning to DCU Library

      No fines will apply for the late return of library material at this time.Please contact for assistance.


      This service was available from 8th March 2021 - 16th April 2021 and is now CLOSED

      Order up to 5 print books online through our Pick & Post service. DCU Library will cover the cost of posting your selected items to you, and also the cost of returning items. Strictly one order per person.

      To avoid borrowing restrictions, all items must be returned to either library site on or before the due date.

      Remember: It is the responsibility of the borrower to be aware of the due date for material and to return material on time regardless of any reminders

      Return your items to the Return Facility located at both Libraries. Our return facilities can receive material from both libraries.

      NB: From Monday 28th June Library books will no longer be quarantined before being reshelved.


      O'Reilly book bin


      O’Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus
      Open 24/7
      Located on the outside wall, to the left of the revolving door

      Cregan book bin


      Cregan Library, St. Patrick's Campus
      located inside the Foyer on the ground floor.

      Monday - Friday - 09:00 - 17:00


      Not able to make it to campus in time to return your books?

      Please return any loan(s) via registered post to its home library. Borrowers are deemed responsible for library items until received back by library staff and removed from the borrowers account: 

      O’Reilly Library,
      DCU Glasnevin Campus,
      Dublin 9
      D09 V209

      Cregan Library
      DCU St. Patrick's Campus, 
      Dublin 9
      D09 AW21

      Remember: To avoid delays in getting new material on loan, please return or renew any loans which may be overdue

      How to Renew

      Not finished with a book by its due date?    No problem!
      It’s easy to go online and renew your loan.

      • Click on My Library Account 
      • Enter your student/staff number and Library PIN.
      • Click on the Renew button beside the book(s) you wish to hold on to
      • For the 2020/21 academic year, there is no limit on the amount of times books can be renewed
      • Contact if you do not know your library PIN.

      Remember: books that have been reserved by another borrower cannot be renewed

      Tip: We will send you a reminder the day before the due date (to your DCU email account) to indicate a book you have on loan is due for return.  

      You can renew your loans online via My Library Account, even if they have gone past their due date.


      My Library Account is an online facility which allows you to view your library account.
      You need your 8 digit student/staff number and your Library PIN  to access your account. 

      • Loans - you can view your loans and check their due dates 
      • Renewals - you can renew your loans where this is allowed.
      • Reservations - check what reservation(s) you have currently requested. You will also have an option to cancel these if necessary.
      • Settings - you can change your PIN