Organisation Structure

DCU Library provides information, content, collection and library services and supports on 3 campuses.  We are responsible for two landmark buildings on Glasnevin and St. Patrick's campuses.

The Library has a staff of nearly 70 organised into 4 directorates.

The Leadership team comprises the Librarian and the 4 Associate Directors who work together to look at all the key issues involved with running the organisation. The directors lead their own directorates and teams, in addition to shaping and forming the overall strategic direction of DCU Library.


University Librarian

The University Librarian has responsibility for the strategic direction and operational management of the Library and represents the Library on a number of internal and external boards and groups.

John McDonough is the DCU University Librarian.  He was appointed in August 2019.  Prior to this he held leadership positions in the National Archives, Houses of the Oireachtas, UCD and RTE.

Collections, Systems & Administration (CS&A)

This Directorate has responsibility for acquiring, processing and maintaining access to print and electronic collections.  It has responsibility for the Library digital information systems and ensuring these are online and available.  The Directorate also manages the Library’s HR and Finance functions.

The Associate Director is Miriam Corcoran.

The Assistant Librarians are Mary Kiely, Amanda Halpin and Michaela Hollywood.

Public Services & Outreach (PS&O)

This Directorate manages the issue and information desk functions where users can engage directly or online with staff to assist in answering requests and queries.  The Directorate also manages the outreach and events functions in addition to the website and social media channels.

The Associate Director is Orla Nic Aodh.

The Assistant Librarians are Janice Hill and Shauna McDermott.

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A)

This Directorate manages and develops the Library’s archives strategy and the acquisition of legacy and new special collections and archive collections.  The directorate contributes to the Library’s digitisation and digital humanities strategies. 

The Associate Director is David Meehan.

The Assistant Librarians are Liam ODwyer and June Rooney.  The Archivist is Killian Downing.

Research & Teaching (R&T)

This Directorate supports and partners with Schools and Faculties in delivering value added subject services and supports including digital literacy, citation and referencing and research services.  The Directorate also manages the DCU Press and the DORAS Open Access Repository.

The Associate Director is Ellen Breen.  A list of the Subject Librarians can be found here.