Library Orientation Semester One

3 studetns walking on Glasnevin Campus

Get to know DCU during orientation

Discover DCU Library!

Library orientation runs from September 18th to 28th, and will help familiarize you with the services, spaces, and resources offered through our 3 libraries. We have a huge competition for new students, roving support, free books, events and lots more!

Check out the tiles below for more details on what we have to offer, and check out the DCU Orientation Hub for what’s happening across campus here: DCU Orientation

3 students entering O' Reilly library via the turnstiles
Library Tours

18th - 28th September

Our library tours will help you find your way around, introducing you to the services and facilities at DCU Library. This will give you a better idea of the support and resources that are available, which can benefit you in your studies and research. A fantastic way to know your Library from day one! 

Tours will take place Monday - Thursday

Cregan Library: 12:30pm

O’Reilly Library: 11am and 12:30pm  

Woodlock Hall Library: 12:30pm


No booking is required.

Each tour will take 15-20 minutes.

Attendees will also receive a complimentary library tote bag (while stocks last!)

3 library staff wearing 'ask me' t-shirts
Roving Support

Monday - Thursday, 18th - 28th September, 12pm - 2pm

Meet a Rover! 

Our friendly Rovers are library staff, here to support you as you discover DCU Library. 

They can show you how to find a book, how to use the self-service machines and they can answer any questions about the library, from how to book a Group Study Room, to where are the toilets. 

You will see them in blue t-shirts roving amongst the floors, so say hi and get answers to all your library-related queries!

O' Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus

Cregan Library, St Patrick's Campus

laptop and airpods
Library Orientation Competition
dell laptop and apple airpods

Win a Dell laptop and airpods!

Monday 18th September - Friday 20th October

Are you a NEW DCU student? 

DCU Library wants to give you the chance to start the year in style with our AMAZING Orientation Competition.

Enter to be in with a chance to win a HUGE GRAND PRIZE and be the envy of all your friends! 

But wait, there's more! 3 lucky runners-up will win a GOODIE BAG packed with DCU merchandise and vouchers. 

Good luck!

Spread the word and tell a fellow student. 😀


This competition is open to all NEW registered undergraduate and postgraduate students in DCU. 

Returning students and staff are not eligible to enter.


It’s so easy!

Click on the link below,  enter your details, and answer the questions correctly to be in with a chance to win.

DCU Library Orientation Competition 



Friday, 20th October 2023

Entries after this date will not be accepted.



One lucky student will win the Grand Prize:

1x DELL Latitude 5340 Laptop 

1x Apple AirPods


Runner Up Goodie Bags

Three students will receive a Runner Up Goodie Bag each:

    Library tote bag with all the runners-up prizes around it

    Runner-up Goodie bags 

      1x Book voucher €50

      1x Londis voucher €50 

      1x DCU hoodie

      1x Beanie hat

      1x DCU sipper bottle

      1x DCU metal thermal cup

      1x DCU wristband

      1x DCU phone card holder

      1x DCU A5 notebook

      1x DCU A4 spiral bound refill

      1x DCU A4 side bound refill

      1x DCU pencil

      1x DCU Library pen

      1x DCU Library lanyard

      1x DCU Library tote bag

      • Entrants must be newly registered students to Dublin City University (DCU) for the year 2023-2024; undergraduate or postgraduate.
      • Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
      • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
      • Closing date for entry will be 20th October 2023. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
      • To enter the competition, answer the questions specific to DCU Library correctly. 
      • The prizes are as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.
      • Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by DCU Library.
      • The winners will be notified by email within 7 days of the closing date. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
      • DCU Library will notify the winners when and where the prize can be collected.
      • Winners will be required to show their valid DCU ID student card before receiving their prize and will be asked for their permission to use their name and image in any publicity material. 
      • DCU Library will use the personal data you provide, by way of the questionnaire, for the purpose of the 2023 orientation competition only. The personal data will be retained until the successful completion of the competition, after which it will be disposed of in a secure manner.  DCU Library will not disclose the personal data to any external DCU body.
      • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
      students browsing a shlef of fiction books
      Free Books & Beverages

      Thursday 21st September 11am - 2pm 

      Take some time to sit down and relax in O'Reilly Library with the help of some free books, coffee and tea!

      Join us in the lounge on the ground floor of the library and choose from a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Browse through the titles on offer over coffee and tea and chat to other book-lovers. 

      The Lounge, Ground floor, O'Reilly Library, Glasnevin campus

      photos of Author Dave Rudden and Author Sophie White
      Sophie White: Surviving Your First Year of University

      Wednesday 27th September 12pm - 1pm

      Join us in the O'Reilly Library lounge for a discussion between author and Creep Dive podcaster Sophie White and author Dave Rudden about how to survive your first year in University. Learn from them how to find your people, get through academic assignments and make it to 2nd year. Open to all DCU staff and students, we'd love to see you there.

      An hour of informative (and hilarious) stories and advice is guaranteed!

      The Lounge, Ground floor, O' Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus

      Goujons from the Nubar
      Find the Fifth Goujon Competition!

      All the goujons have been found!

      Back in 2017, the DCU student body was thrown into a culinary crisis when the popular NuBar order of goujon and chips was suddenly missing a fifth goujon, which left students both disappointed and hungry.

      The fifth goujon was re-instated following a media outcry and an unstoppable #BringBackOurGoujon campaign but the feelings of hurt and betrayal linger still.

      DCU Library is helping to heal any lingering heartache with our 'find the fifth goujon' competition.


      How to Enter:

      From Monday 18th September, find one of five missing goujon pictures hidden around O'Reilly Library with the help of the clues provided below.

      Bring the picture to the library help desk on the ground floor to claim your prize.



      A €10 Nubar voucher 

      All the goujons have been found! Thanks everyone for participating and we hope the winners are enjoying their vouchers! 



      1. The first place to go in O'Reilly Library if you need help 

      2. Use your library card to borrow or return books here yourself

      3. Can't connect to Wi-Fi? Not sure how the printers work? All your IT questions will be answered here

      4. Use these library computers to search for print books on Library Search 

      5. The perfect room for group study (if you can make it to the 2nd floor)


      If you somehow managed to miss the fifth goujon crisis of 2017 here are some of the headlines that took the internet by storm:

      "DCU messed with the iconic Nubar chicken goujons, and the students are raging"

      "Dublin college students unite because of a missing chicken goujon"

      "After a LOT of heartbreak, DCU students are getting their 5th goujon back"


      Terms & Conditions:

      1.The competition is open to all students - one voucher can be claimed per student. 

      2. Winners will be required to show their valid DCU ID student card before receiving their prize and will be asked for their permission to use their name and image on the library's social media platforms.