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DCU Library is your first port of call when you are looking for print or electronic resources for your course, or if you need to talk with a subject specialist, or find a quiet place to read and study. We have a huge range of online resources to help you in your college career and beyond.

We are based on all three campuses and you can learn more about the various services we offer in the tabs below. Contact us at the desks, through social media channels or by using our new chat service. Just don’t be afraid to ask!

This will be a new year for all of us as we return to on campus teaching and learning.

Welcome to DCU, welcome home!

-John McDonough, University Librarian

O' Reilly Library

O' Reilly Library

O' Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus

O’Reilly Library is located at the end of the Mall on the Glasnevin Campus. 

Students in Nursing, Business, Sciences, Maths, Engineering, Law & Government, and Communications will find a huge range of tailored print resources available to them here.

Campus maps here.

Cregan Library

Cregan Library

Cregan Library, St. Patrick's Campus

Cregan Library is located in the G Block on the St Patricks’ Campus. 

Students based on St Patrick’s Campus, and also on All Hallows Campus and studying all aspects of Education and many Humanities subjects, can find key print collections here to support their academic study.

Campus maps here.

Woodlock Hall

Woodlock Hall

Woodlock Hall, All Hallows Campus - Coming soon!

Woodlock Hall Library is located in Senior House on the All Hallows Campus.

Check the library website for opening updates.

Campus maps here 

Always remember to bring your student DCU ID card when visiting our libraries.


Opening hours available here

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 homepage 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
  • Website ‘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
Library Tours

Want to know what DCU Library has to offer...join us on a tour!

Lunchtime library tours available

Monday to Thursday, 12:30pm & 1:30pm (September 20th - 30th)

No booking required but spaces are limited. 

Each tour will take 15-20 minutes.

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


Self-Guided Library Tours

Find your way around our libraries through our self-guided tour options

These virtual tours on the right will give you an overview of the types and locations of services and facilities available within each library.



OR, be your own tour guide and pick up a printed guide in the library. Show yourself around and learn about the library at your own pace!

Cregan Library Self-Guided Tour PDF

O’Reilly Library Self-Guided Tour PDF

*Please note some of our library spaces may have access restrictions in place.


Roving staff are here to help


Look out for our friendly library rovers (hint: they'll be wearing blue t-shirts).

Ask them anything from how to find a book to where the toilets are! 

See them around the floors

Monday to Thursday, 11am - 2pm (September 20th - 30th)



 Are you a NEW DCU student? DCU Library wants to give you the chance to start the semester 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 awesome DCU merch and more.

Good luck!

Spread the word and tell a fellow student. 

This competition is open to all NEW registered undergraduate or 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


Saturday, 23rd October 2021

Entries after this date will not be accepted.


Grand Prize

One lucky student will win the Grand Prize:

1x DELL Latitude 5320 laptop 

1x Canon PIXMA TS6350 wireless multifunction inkjet printer AND multipack ink cartridges 

1x Beats Solo Pro wireless noise cancelling headphones


Runner Up Prizes

Three students will receive a Runner Up Goodie Bag each:


1x DCU Library pen

1x DCU Library rainbow lanyard

1x DCU Library tote bag

1x DCU sipper bottle

1x DCU metal thermal cup

1x DCU hoodie

1x DCU wristband

1x DCU phone card holder

1x DCU phone pop socket

1x DCU A5 notebook

1x DCU A4 spiral bound refill

1x DCU A4 side bound refill

1x DCU bamboo pen

1x DCU pencil

1x DCU USB key

1x Londis voucher €50 

1x Book voucher €5

  • Entrants must be newly registered students to Dublin City University (DCU) for the year 2021-2022; 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 23rd October 2021. 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. 
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
  • DCU Library will use the personal data you provide, by way of the questionnaire, for the purpose of the 2021 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.
Finding Book


How to find a print book

Start by searching the online catalogue on the Library website or on the dedicated catalogue PCs available in both libraries.

catalogue record


Here's what you'll see when you click into a book record

This video outlines how to search and access a print book from the Catalogue:


How to Access eBooks

DCU Library provides access to over 200,000 eBooks in a wide range of subjects and research interests.

When accessing an eBook, students and staff will be prompted to enter their DCU username and password.

This video outlines how to search and access an eBook from the Catalogue:




Search for eBooks in exactly the same way you search for printed books, through the library catalogue:



Click on the title of the eBook to open the full record



Click on the ‘Access this title online here’ link

When opening an eBook, you may be asked for your DCU Username and password

eBooks can be read online or downloaded for a limited period of time.

O' Reilly Library (Glasnevin Campus)

Item Type       Borrowing Information   Location
Main Collection Books    3 weeks / 48 hours 1st and 2nd Floors
DVDs    2 days 1st and 2nd Floors
Print Journals    No Loan 1st and 2nd Floors
Reference Collection    No Loan 1st and 2nd Floors
Government Publications    No Loan 1st Floor
Newspapers    No Loan 1st Floor
Dissertations    No Loan Ground Floor


Cregan Library (St. Patrick's Campus)

Item Type       Borrowing Information   Location
Main Collection Books    Long Loan / Short Loan 2nd and 3rd Floors
Teaching and Junior Collections    Long Loan / Short Loan 1st Floor
Reserve Collection    No Loan 1st Floor
DVDs    2 days 2nd and 3rd Floors
Print Journals    No Loan 2nd and 3rd Floors
Reference Collection    No Loan 2nd and 3rd Floors
Dissertations    No Loan Ground and 2nd Floors


short loan


Remember: 48 Hour / Short Loans (RED TAG) are due for return at a specific time - please make a NOTE of this time.

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


How to Return

Return all loans to the returns facilities located at either Library

These facilities can receive material from both libraries.

  • Or bring the book to one of the self service machines located on the ground floor in either library. -Press ‘Return’ and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Always print or email a return receipt to confirm the transaction
  • A book that has been reserved by another borrower cannot be returned on a self service machine. Return this book to the Issue Desk (or internal return facility outside staff service hours)
book return

Book Return Facility, O' Reilly Library

O’Reilly also provides a 24/7 external return facility. Located on the outside wall, left of the revolving door

Terms & Conditions to Note

  • It is the responsibility of the borrower to be aware of the due date for material and to return material on time and on date regardless of any courtesy reminders
  • Borrowers are deemed responsible for library items until received back by library staff and removed from the borrower's account. 
  • Overdue loans will restrict your ability to borrow and renew additional material. 
  • No late fines are being charged at this time.

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 DCU ID number) and Library PIN (see My Library Account for more information)
  • Click on the ‘Renew’ button beside the loan you wish to hold on to
  • Loans can be renewed a maximum of 3 times before they must be returned
  • Loans that have been reserved by another borrower cannot be renewed
  • Books that have passed their due date cannot be renewed online. Return them to the library or contact the issue desk for more assistance.

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

O’Reilly Library        Cregan Library
E:        E:
T: 01 700 5041             T: 01 700 9134

Remember: 48 Hour / Short Loan books and DVDs can NOT be renewed

How to Reserve

Looking for a book that is currently on loan to another borrower?

Why not reserve it so that you can be next in line!

  • First, find the book on the library catalogue
  • Click on the ‘Reserve’ button
  • Enter your borrower number and Library PIN
  • Click on the Reserve’ button again to confirm your reservation
  • Reservations can only be collected from the library where it is held
  • When the book is ready for collection we will send an email to your DCU email account
  • You will have 3 working days to collect your reservation from the Issue Desk of it’s home library

Remember: 48 Hour / Short Loan books and DVDs can NOT be reserved

Only books on loan can be reserved - copies on the shelf are not reservable.

As a DCU registered student you have access to a personal library account to allow you to keep track of loan dates, renewals, and reservations.



-To log into your account, look for the ‘My Library Account’ quicklink on the library website.

-Enter your borrower number (8-digit DCU student number) and Library PIN

-Your Library PIN is a 4-digit code which can be requested from



A Library Pin is necessary to:

  • Log into your library account to view due dates of any loans
  • Renew any loan(s) online
  • Reserve a book online through the library catalogue

To get access to any of our extensive online resources (ebooks, journals and databases), always search for it on the library website and log in with your DCU username and password, when prompted. 

Get in touch with if you encounter any issues accessing any of our online content.

If you forget your DCU username and password please contact ISS

Limited seating is available in both O’Reilly and Cregan Libraries.


Study seats have been pre selected in both libraries, a chair is only available for selected study seats.

We are unable to offer group/collaborative study spaces at this time.

Remember: Wear a mask inside library spaces at all times

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.
  • We ask that you do not visit the library if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19
  • Food is not permitted in the library


In most cases, your lecturer will provide you with a module reading list. This list will comprise references to book chapters, books, journal articles, and other sources such as newspapers, websites and reports. You will need to locate these online or in print in order to read them.

Here’s a really useful video we’ve created to help you make sense of your reading list and help you find the items on it:

Adapting to third level can be difficult at times - our team of friendly and professional Information Services Staff are available online to help you get the best out of the wide array of print/online collections, and the support services available to you.

As you settle into your new course in DCU, get in touch and let us know if you have any questions. 

Areas we can help with include:

  • Finding books and eBooks on your reading lists, and using the library catalogue
  • Locating subject information for your assignments and class projects
  • Help searching library databases for academic journal articles 
  • Help with citing and referencing / avoiding plagiarism queries
  • General assistance with all library services and collections

Email us, we are here to help. It’s your first port of call for any information queries about the Library:

O’Reilly Library           Cregan Library
E:           E:

But that’s not all! 

Do you have a quick question to ask, then why not use our live website chat service ‘Chat With Us’. Simply look for the pop-out tab on our homepage and a member of staff will reply almost instantly.

Available Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

As you settle in and want to explore the resources available to you and relevant to your subject area we recommend you bookmark your Library Subject Guide. Created by our team of Subject Librarians, each guide brings together the best quality information resources available for your subject. Find out how to search for books and journal articles in your subject area, and how to cite and reference your sources correctly. 

To get started, choose your subject from the list on this page:

You will also find the contact details of your Subject Librarian who is available to advise and help you with your research.

We encourage you to check out LETS, our suite of short online tutorials, designed to help you locate, evaluate and use information ethically and effectively. 

We have tutorials on: 

-locating books and journal articles; 

-searching library databases; 

-effective search techniques; what is plagiarism? And how to avoid it; 

-how to cite and reference.

Our team of Subject Librarians will run various classes and workshops to help build your skills in finding, using and organising information. Your lecturer will organise these classes with your Subject Librarian. However, you also have the option to attend workshops open to all students for example, citing and referencing. 

Full details are available here:

If you have any questions about the library or need any advice on how to get the best out of our many resources, please feel free to contact us using the details below. We are always happy to help!

          O' Reilly Library                       Cregan Library
          Issue desk                       Issue desk
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          T: + 353 (1) 700 5041                       T: +353 (1) 700 9134
          Information Services                       Information Services
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