Information on Current Library Services

The Library is now offering an online-based service. 

Library buildings are unavailable for study purposes.

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 

Contact us:

Library staff will be answering and redirecting all queries from the following email accounts Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm  

O'Reilly Library

Cregan Library

Borrowing and returning material
  • All library buildings remain unavailable for study purposes, we are now offering a Click + Collect service on all our print material typically available to borrow. Check the Click + Collect page for more information.
  • Fines will be waived on any books due back during the closure period
  • Items on loan can now be returned to either of our bookbins located in both libraries
      O’Reilly Library: located to the left of the revolving door. Open 24/7
      Cregan Library: located in the library foyer - available Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm
  • For those not in a position to travel, continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students should hold onto any material they have on loan, and return it later in the summer. Check the library website for details on resumption of library services in due course 

  • Final Year Students
    Free postal service available to return your library books (final year students only)
    Contact us at with your student number and your postal address 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

Our Research Communications Librarian can be contacted at: 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

Online Tutorials
  • 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 Loans

Inter-library loan is now offers a limited service. More information on the Inter-library Loan page

Book Donations – Temporary Suspension

As part of our Covid-19 response, DCU Library has temporarily suspended the acceptance of donated books/textbooks for our general collection. It is expected that this policy will remain in place until later in 2021.

Updated 27 August 2020