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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.

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.

The Library is open with a reduced capacity initially allowing a safe number of students into the buildings to study or access materials. Admittance is not guaranteed and may require a waiting period.

  • The Library opening hours vary throughout the year. Up to date information is available on the Library website  and on the front door of each library.
  • For extended opening hours the library will be open for Study Only with security. Library staff will not be available, but self service machines can be used to borrow and return items. PCs and printing facilities are also available.
  • Staff online/phone support available Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm
  • Online Chat With Us available 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • O’Reilly book return facility available 24/7
  • Cregan book return facility available during opening hours, Monday to Saturday.
  • DCU Library online resources (eBooks, eJournals) available 24/7

Borrowing Entitlements

  • Staff can borrow up to 20 items

To borrow, you must have your DCU ID card, and be registered with the library.

See the 'information for new staff' section on how to register with the library

student borrowing material from self-service machine

Self service machines in O' Reilly library

  • Bring the book to a self service machine found in any of our three libraries.
  • Press Borrow and follow the onscreen instructions. 
  • Always print or email an issue receipt to view the due date of when the loan is to be returned to the library.

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

Tip: Sign in to My Library Account online to check the due date of each item you have on loan.

To avoid borrowing restrictions, all loans must be returned to any DCU Library site on or before the due date.

book return facility, O' Reilly Library

book return facility, O' Reilly Library

  • Bring the book to a self service machine found on the ground floor in the library.
  • Press Return and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • A book that has been requested by another patron or its home library cannot be returned on a self service machine.  Return these books to the Issue Desk (or Book Return Facility outside staff service hours).
  • Always print or email a return receipt to confirm the transaction.

An external Book Return Facility is also located outside the O’Reilly Library and is open to receive materials from all DCU libraries during Study Only and library closure times.

Alternatively, loans can be returned via registered post to its home library. Patrons are deemed responsible for library items until received back by library staff and removed from the patrons account: 


O’Reilly Library

DCU Glasnevin Campus,


Dublin 9.

D09 V209


Cregan Library

DCU St Patrick's Campus, 


Dublin 9.

D09 AW21


Woodlock Hall Library

DCU All Hallows Campus,

Senior House,

Dublin 9.

D09 N920



  • There are no fines, however, you may not borrow additional materials or renew loans until all overdue loans are returned. 
  • It is the responsibility of the patron to be aware of the due date for material and to return material on time regardless of any reminders.

Not finished with a book by its due date? No problem!

It’s easy to go online and renew your loan.



  • To renew a book, sign in to My Library Account and select the Loans tab.
  • Click on the Renew button beside the book(s) you wish to extend the loan period.
  • Books can be renewed a maximum of 3 times before they must be returned to the library.
  • Books that have been requested by another patron cannot be renewed.
  • Always renew a loan before the due date as after that date has passed the book will need to be returned to the library.

Contact for assistance.

Remember: 48 Hour Loans CANNOT be renewed.

Semester loans and renewing: Staff can borrow books for the length of a semster. The Library will send you a courtesy reminder the day before the semester due date (to your DCU email account) to indicate that it is time to either return or renew any items you have on loan

All items in 1 Week and 3 Week loan collections can be requested if they are on loan to another patron. Items from the 48 Hour loan collection: core module materials cannot be requested.

Tip: Always sign in to Library Search to get access to Request options where available.


  • Locate the book record and click on the blue Request link in the Availability and request options box.
screenshot of library website highlighting 'request' option on item record


  • Requests can be picked up from the library where it is held.
  • Click Send Request to confirm.
  • The library will send you a notification to your DCU email account when the book has been returned and is ready to be picked up.
  • You will have 3 working days from receipt of this notification to pick up the book from the Issue Desk of your chosen library.

2 requests can be placed at any one time.

To view or cancel requests, log in to My Library Account and select the Requests tab.

Remember: Items available on the shelf (not on loan) cannot be requested and are available to borrow.


Library Store Collection

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 book record in Library Search and can be picked up from your chosen library.

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

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

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:

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 

The Library offers a range of study spaces both for individual and collaborative study. 

Cregan Library


Terms & Conditions to Note

  • To ensure the safety of all library users and staff, do not move chairs or tables.
  • We ask when you are leaving the library for whatever reason  to please bring all your belongings with you.
  • Food is not permitted in the library
  • smoking/vaping is not permitted within the library
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Subject Librarians/ Research Consultations

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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