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Study Areas


DCU Library provides a variety of learning and study facilities. You can choose to work quietly on your own at a PC, sit in a comfortable chair and read, or work with a group of students in one of our many group study areas. 

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The Lounge

Located on the Ground Floor, the Lounge is a bright, colourful and relaxed space, with soft comfy furniture designed to encourage casual conversation and iinformation group work.


Group Study Rooms

Our 18 group study rooms located throughout the building are dedicated spaces designed to support groups of up to 8 students. The rooms are equipped with whiteborads, power points and, in some cases, digital screens to allow for practive presentations and other group activities.
All rooms should be booked via our online booking form

Mentoring Suite

The Mentoring Suite is a large room on the ground floor of the library and is all about flexibility and collaboration. It contains moveable furniture and whiteboards so that you can create your own group study spaces.>

Information Commons

Information Commons, located on the ground floor provides a space for students who wish to use their own devices and work collaboratively with other students. The Commons is situated close to the library's Information Desk service where students can avail of one-to-one support on sourcing quality information for assignments and using the library's online and print resources and online tools and databases. The Commons is also situated close to the ISS help desk where students can get support accessing WiFi, printing, scanning etc 

Quiet Study Areas

The large open areas on the 1st and 2nd floors of the library are for quiet individual study.

Maths Learning Centre

The library hosts the DCU Maths Learning Centre which is run by colleagues in the School of Mathematical Sciences. The centre provides free extra information support to students taking a mathematics course as part of their degree programme. It is located on the ground floor of the library, more information here.

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre, located on the ground floor, offers assistance with academic writing to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, more information here.

Postgraduate Room

All postgraduate students have access to the Research Commons located on the Lower Ground Floor. This room incules a lounge and reading area (with dedicated laptop power and network points) a lobby housing PCs with full network access and a self-booking meeting room.

Library Cafe

The Library Cafe is on the lower ground floor and is a great place to unwind and take a break


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Ground Floor - Library Café and Exhibition Space

There is a café situated on the ground floor of the library. The exhibition space is used to showcase library and visiting exhibitions. Power sockets for mobile devices and comfortable seating makes this an ideal space for student relaxation and collaboration. 

1st Floor - Collaborative Zone

Collaboration and group study are allowed on the 1st floor. Seating and tables are provided for this in front of the 1st floor library desk. Break out tables have been provided in the junior section to allow students to work on posters and banners. There are a bank of PCs and seating for student use and there are swivel chairs provided by room G215 to allow students to relax. There are high tables and chairs located beside the digital learning labs.

Group study room G215

G215 is a group study room for students which can be booked online, here . It has screens, sockets etc. and holds up to 12 people.

Digital learning labs

There are three digital learning labs with PCs and interactive whiteboards. When ICT classes are not taking place students can use the rooms as a study space. There are class timetables posted on the doors of the labs so students will know when the rooms need to be kept free.  

2nd Floor – Quiet zone

The second floor is a quiet study area where only a very low level of noise is allowed. There are study spaces, PCs and swivel chairs provided for student use. There are comfortable couches provided for relaxation at the front right hand corner of the library and also to the right of the stairs.

Writing Centre

G315 will be booked by the writing centre for two clinics a week; students can book sessions through the website. Otherwise the room is used by library and academic staff for teaching and training and is not available for students. 

3rd Floor – Silent Zone

This floor has been designated a silent study zone, talking is not permitted. There are PCs and study spaces provided for students, swivel chairs by the balcony and comfortable couches at the front right of the floor. There is a “contemplation pod” area with seating which allows students to take a break from study.

Microfilm room

Microfiche readers and printers are available to access the microfilm collection. Contact the Information Desk to arrange an appointment.