Borrow, Return & Renew

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Borrow, returning and renewing items


Borrowing Entitlements

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

Remember: Only TWO 48 Hour / Short Loans / DVDs can be borrowed at a time

    How to Borrow

    • Bring the book to one of the self service machines found on the ground floor in either library.
    • Press ‘Borrow’ and follow the onscreen instructions
    • Always print or email an issue receipt to get the due date for return

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

    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.

    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 2021 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

    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
    • Books can be renewed a maximum of 3 times before they must be returned
    • 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,

    Always remember to renew them before the due date as after that date has passed they will need to be returned to the Library.


    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