Returning Students

Welcome back to DCU Library

Returning students

Welcome back to DCU Library

We’ve made some changes to keep everyone safe, but you can still access all our incredible online and print resources. We have daily online support to help with any questions you may have, and study access has been restored. 

Check the following sections for full details of our services and supports during 2020/21.

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

How to Borrow

Traditional book browsing is unavailable at this time, in line with University Health & Safety guidelines. To access our print content please request via:

Click and Collect - New! 

You can now reserve books via Click + Collect which are either on loan or on the shelf, and you can collect them in O’Reilly or Cregan, whichever is more convenient.

You can request up to ten books at a time and all loans will be pre-issued for 3 weeks.

Scan and Send - New! 

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

We can now receive back all books you may have on loan since March, when the University closed suddenly.

All loans borrowed in the last semester have been extended automatically until 16th October 2020.

Note: no fines have been imposed during the closure period.


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 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

  • 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


  • Please note Cregan and O’Reilly self-service machines are not available - in line with University Health & Safety guidelines
  • Loans that have been reserved by another borrower cannot be renewed
  • Overdue loans cannot be renewed


Book A Seat - New! 

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



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.

Areas we can help with include:

  • Finding books and e-books 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.

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 from the Subject Guides list 

You will also find the contact details of your Subject Librarian who is 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


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 


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


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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Due to University Health & Safety restrictions we are not able to offer the following services and facilities at this time:

  • Walk in study access
  • Group Study Room bookings
  • Face to face helpdesk support at both the Issue Desk and Information Services
  • Fine payments in cash
  • Taught masters dissertation access
  • Browsing of shelves
  • Self-service machines
  • Library Cafes
  • Sensory pods
  • Access to other libraries in Ireland/UK
  • Alumni membership
  • Uaneen portfolios

We will review access to these services when safe to do so, during the upcoming academic year.