DCU Library Buildings and Return to Campus

DCU Library buildings closed on March 13th and, in line with DCU direction remain closed.  However, Library staff have continued to work to support and deliver vital access to electronic books and resources, and to offer online consultations and classes to students and staff.  We continue to use digital as the primary delivery channel for our services. 

Since May 11th we have rolled out the free book return service for final year students to return their books by post and also offered the book return facility (bookbin) at the O’Reilly Library. 

New Services

We are busy working up a plan for the phased restoration of certain services over the coming months.  This plan is informed and directed by government guidelines for health and safety and by the University’s overall return to campus protocols.  

Over the next weeks, the library will develop a range of specific services to facilitate access to materials while the library buildings remain closed to staff and students.

These services include: 

  • Scan & Send Service
    this will enable the ordering of digitised scans of library materials subject to copyright rules

  • Click & Collect Service
    this will allow users to request items from the main lending collections for loan. Requested items will be retrieved, issued to the library user, and made available for collection.  DCU Library may retain a ‘last copy’ of some essential texts to ensure it is available for scanning if required.

  • Digital Content Store (DCS)
    the Library will pilot this service whereby academics can request scanned chapters of books and articles (subject to copyright) to be uploaded to the DCS for linking to modules in Loop

Phased Access

Later this summer, when the University deems it safe to do so, we will gradually open some of our study and reading spaces.  In practise this will be very limited.  We have adopted a phased approach to physical access and will do so in line with social distancing and will prioritise post graduate students in the first instance, who have deadlines for the submission of dissertations and theses.   We will operate this on a booking system and will continue to utilise minimal contact services for accessing collections where we can.  Further details will be published in advance.

This plan is developing in line with government and university direction and is subject to change.  We will use social media channels to keep our students and colleagues up to date on any developments.

Library Service  Current OperationsMid-JulyMid - AugustMid - September

No physical item borrowing at this time.

Access to library collections via digital formats only.

Interlibrary loan service operating for requests for digital resources only.

The Library will scope and test Scan and Send type service to our print collections.

The library will also frame and develop a Click and Collect service for users to request materials for borrowing.

Pilot Digital Content Store for academic staff.

Scan and Send service and Click and Collect Services will roll out to library users.

Roll out Digital Content Store to academic staff.

Scan and Send service and Click and Collect services will continue.

Digital Content Store will continue.

Other services around accessing print collections will be assessed.


All user queries managed through email and the Library's online channels. Library workshops/one-to-one consultations for staff and students delivered via Zoom.

Library has prioritised purchase of additional e-books and e-resouces to support online teaching.

to Study
Not available Not availableAppointment service for book consultation for post graduate studentsAccess to limited study spaces available subject to social distancing guidelines. Capacity of study spaces is significantly reduced. Phase 1 will have study spaces on ground floors only.

Updated 9 July 2020