New Students

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Welcome new students to DCU Library

Welcome to DCU Library

As a new student, you have access to a huge range of academic print and online resources, which we are making available in new and convenient ways. 

We have an experienced, friendly team of staff who can help you get to grips with your new academic learning experience, so let us know if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you into our safe study spaces over the course of Semester 1 and 2.

Check the following sections for full details of our services and supports in 20/21.

**COMPETITION** we are running a fantastic competition for Orientation - our grand prize will see one lucky student win a laptop, printer and top of the range headphones. We have a range of fun runner up prizes as well, so scroll down for more information on how to enter.



O'Reilly Library

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 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.  


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


Staff online/phone support
     Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

Click + Collect Pick-Up
     Monday to Friday, 11am - 4pm

Book A Seat
     Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm 

Book Bins
     O’Reilly Library available 24/7
     Cregan Library available Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

DCU Library online resources
Ebooks, Ejournals available 24/7


Orientation Competition

DCU library wants to give you the chance to start the semester in style with our  Orientation Competition

Be in with a chance to win a HUGE grand prize, created with home learning in mind.

 How to enter and lots more information here

How to Borrow:

Number of items you can borrow: 

Undergraduates           14 items
Postgraduates 20 items
B. Ed students 20 items


You can now reserve books via Click + Collect which are either on loan or on the shelf, and you can collect them from O’Reilly Library or Cregan Library, whichever is more convenient. You can request up to ten books at a time and all loans will be pre-issued for 3 weeks.

     Tip: Always check your online My Library Account for the due date of each item on loan


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.


How to Return

Return all loans to the Book Bins located at both Libraries. Book bins can receive material from both libraries.

    O'Reilly book bin


    O’Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus

    Open 24/7, located on the outside wall, left of the revolving door


    Cregan book bin


    Cregan Library, St. Patrick's Campus

    Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm, located inside the Foyer on the ground floor

    Not able to make it to campus in time to return your books?

    Please return any loan(s) via Registered Post to its home library. 

    O’Reilly Library
    DCU Glasnevin Campus
    Dublin 9
    D09 V209
    Cregan Library
    DCU St. Patrick's Campus
    Dublin 9
    D09 AW21


    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 reminders
    • 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

    • Loans that have been reserved by another borrower cannot be renewed
    • Overdue loans can not be renewed

    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 quick link on the Library website
    • Enter your borrower number and your 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
    • Request an item online through the library catalogue as Click + Collect

    To get access to any of our extensive online resources (Ebooks, journal articles 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 resources.

    If you forget your DCU username and password please contact ISS


    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 library catalogue:

    Check here for more information on our Ebook collection



    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

    Your Reading List is a list of items which describe a set of information resources that your lecturer or course leader recommends you read. It will contain a set of references to books, journals articles, websites and possibly audio/visual materials which will be useful to you in your studies. It will be your responsibility to find and access the items referenced on your reading list.


    To help make sense of your reading list, we have created a tutorial to help you understand what the references mean and how to find them using the library’s resources.


    Adapting to third level can be difficult at times - our team of friendly and professional Information Services Staff are on hand 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
    • Help using the Click + Collect, and Scan & Send services 
    • 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


    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

    Our team of Subject Librarians have designed helpful subject guides. Each guide brings together the best quality information resources available for a given 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 area from the Subject Guide List

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

    Your Subject Librarian can advise on:

    • Finding quality resources for your essays and projects
    • Devising an effective search strategy
    • Using the best resources for your discipline
    • Citing and referencing sources


    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 
    • how to cite and reference

    The Library will run various Classes and Workshops online via Zoom to help build student skills in finding, using and organising information:

    Zotero - reference management software  

    Citing & Referencing -  help with all your citing & referencing questions

    Check the Classes and Workshops Calendar for full details 


    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

    Information Services

    Issue Desk
    T: + 353 (1) 700 5041            

    Cregan Library

    Information Services

    Issue Desk
    T: +353 (1) 700 9134


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