Information for Academics

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Welcome to DCU Library

Our staff and resources are available to you and your students, and we’re working hard to ensure electronic access to as much of your teaching material as possible. We have a broad range of services in place to support you in your teaching - for in depth information on those services, please view Teaching Services below.

Check the following sections for full details of our other services and supports during 2020/21.

All current DCU staff automatically have full membership to DCU Library, O'Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus and Cregan Library, St. Patrick's Campus.  

However, you must be registered on the Library system to activate your ID card.
Please email the following information to the emails below:

  • Staff Name
  • Staff Number
  • School/Unit/Department
  • DCU email
  • DCU Postal Address
  • Permanent or Temporary Staff Member (if temporary, include contract expiry date)

Please email the library on the campus you are based:

O'Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus.
Cregan Library, St Patrick's Campus.

Check Opening Hours page


Registered staff and students of DCU can access all of the Library's databases, e-journals and e-books off-campus.

To take advantage of this facility, simply click on the database, e-journal or e-book you wish to consult. For many resources, entering your DCU username and password when prompted will give access . This is the username and password you got when you registered with DCU.

Some resources will require you to select your institution at the outset, while others require a personal account to be created for the individual resource.

On all occasions you will be prompted when accessing the resource.  If you experience any problems accessing our resources from home please contact us during Library opening hours at: 01 7005418 or email:

Staff and postgraduate students may borrow up to 20 items


How to Borrow

Traditional book browsing is unavailable at this time, in line with University Health & Safety guidelines. To access our print content please request via:

Click and Collect 

You can now reserve books via Click + Collect which are either on loan or on the shelf, and you can collect them in O’Reilly or Cregan, whichever is more convenient.

You can request up to ten books at a time and all loans will be pre-issued for 3 weeks.

Scan and Send 

If you need a book chapter or a journal article which isn’t available online, use the Scan & Send service. We can supply a digital copy from DCU library's print collections, straight to your DCU email address.

Book Postal Service

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.

How to Return

We have made it easier than ever for DCU staff and students to return material to us - in addition to 24/7 availability for the O’Reilly return facility, our Cregan Library return facility is available when the library building is open.

Let us know if you have any questions about returns by emailing

Note: no fines have been imposed on books borrowed in 2020  

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

  • O’Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus
    Open 24/7, located on the outside wall, left of the revolving door
  • Cregan Library, St. Patrick's Campus
    located inside the Foyer on the ground floor, available when the library building is open.

Terms & Conditions to Note

  • Borrowers are deemed responsible for library items until received back by library staff and removed from the borrowers account. 
  • Overdue loans will restrict your ability to borrow and renew additional material. 
  • Overdue loans may also impact your ability to book a study seat 
  • No fines are being charged at this time.

Note: In compliance with Covid safety guidelines, all items returned will be quarantined for 72 hours

How to Renew

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

  • Visit the Library website and select the My Library Account  quick link, enter your borrower number (8-digit student number) and Library PIN 
  • Click on the ‘Renew’ button beside the loans you wish to hold on to
  • Loans can be renewed a maximum of 3 times before they must be returned

Alternatively, contact the library by email or phone to renew any loans (please reference your student number):

O'Reilly Library
P: 01 700 5041
Cregan Library
P: 01 700 9134

Terms & Conditions to Note

  • Please note Cregan and O’Reilly self-service machines are not available - in line with University Health & Safety guidelines
  • Loans that have been reserved by another borrower cannot be renewed
  • Overdue loans cannot be renewed


Where the Library does not have a copy of a particular book, journal article, thesis, conference paper, patent or other source you can use the ILL service to request  it.

More information on the Inter Library Loans Page 

Book A Seat

If you wish to study in the Library, you must reserve a seat through our online booking service
Book A Seat.

  • Limited seating is available in both O’Reilly Library and Cregan Library. 
  • To ensure the safety of both library users and staff, please familiarise yourself with the
  • Library Study Regulations.
  • We ask that you do not attend any bookings if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19.


  • This is a pilot seat access scheme and will be constantly reviewed and revised depending on the University Health and Safety guidelines during the academic year 2020-21
  • We are unable to offer walk-in access for study spaces at this time

For queries on this service, please email

Each Faculty and School has a Librarian dedicated to working with academics, researchers and students to achieve their teaching, research and learning goals.

Contact details for our team of Subject Librarians.

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