A change to Library opening hours (from Friday 22 January 2021)
**Please only visit if absolutely necessary**
Face coverings and pre-booking required in all Library spaces. Booking confirmation emails must be presented to security to gain access to campus and to Library stewards to gain access to Library spaces. Strict adherence to social distancing guidelines is essential.
Book a seat or a 'Click and Collect or Book return' slot
Place your 'Click and Collect' requests ahead of time
Make sure you have funds in your T-Card and Datapac Printing accounts
Library booking system updates
The Library is implementing a change to the Library booking system to limit individual booking slots to a maximum duration of 1 hour 45 minutes, with a 15-minute break between slots. The booking system will still allow you to place multiple bookings each day up to 40 hours over the course of a week, but there will now be a requirement to take a minimum break of 15 minutes between each booking.
To facilitate this change, the minimum booking increment has been set to 15 minutes, which means the booking grids looks a little different than they did before. When you place a booking, the system will automatically select the maximum slot duration of 1 hour 45 minutes, but this is provisional and can be reduced if you wish. As you make your bookings, the 15-minute break period either side of a booking will show as red slots on the booking grid. These red slots will not be bookable by anybody (unless you cancel your booking).
Check-ins will remain in place and must be completed to secure each individual booking.
Only book a seat if you really need it and intend to use it. Cancel your booking if you no longer need it. Please don’t sit at a vacant seat if you have not booked it and do not move chairs from their designated positions.
An Overview of the Library Booking System
As part of a package of measures to ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, readers must book in advance to gain access to campus and to Library spaces.
Key features of the booking system
Booking options in more detail
'Click and Collect' & Book return bookings
Enforcement of booking system
Who is eligible to use the booking system?
The booking system is currently only available for registered staff and students of Trinity College Dublin. Until further notice, we will not be in a position to facilitate physical access to reading rooms for visiting readers. This includes alumni, Music PAL card holders, staff & students of other universities, and members of the public.
To ensure the safety of all staff and readers, please note the following:
There are three main options for returning books, depending on your circumstances:
Books returned via book drops go through a 72-hour quarantine period so will not come off your account immediately.
For students who have already completed their studies but who still have books out on loan, you can avail of the free postal return scheme. For further details, and to place requests, please follow this link.
The Click and Collect service can be used to request borrowable materials from any Library location (open or closed). For non-borrowable materials (e.g. reference items or periodicals), we advise using the Scan on Demand service.
Click and Collect is available to all registered staff and students.
Requests are placed in Stella Search by clicking the "Click and Collect" button in the item record and selecting your preferred collection point:
When your item is available for collection, you will receive an e-mail notification. You will have 6 days to collect your books.
Pre-booking is required to enter campus and collect your books. You can do so from the Library booking system:
The Library provides a book postal delivery service for staff and students in the Republic of Ireland who are not able to visit campus. The service is limited to borrowable materials and is free of charge. For non-borrowable materials we recommend using the Scan on Demand service.
How does the book delivery service work?
Who can avail of the service?
Registered staff and students of Trinity College Dublin.
The Library provides a scan on demand service for registered staff and students to enable requests for scanned copies of print book chapters and journal articles. Scan on demand is designed to support readers who cannot physically make it to the Library and who may require materials not within the scope of the Click & Collect and Postal Delivery services. As such, scan on demand is primarily for periodical and other reference materials.
The scan on demand service is free of charge. Please note that it can often take a week or more to fulfil requests due to delivery schedules from off-site storage and staff capacity.
How does the scan on demand service work?
Who can avail of the scan on demand service?
The service is available to registered TCD staff and postgraduates, but we will consider urgent requests on a case-by-case basis from undergraduate students if capacity allows. We are not in a position to accept requests from external/visiting readers.
What materials can be requested?
Due to copyright legislation, requests are limited to book chapters and journal articles. We cannot fulfil requests for scanned copies of entire books or journal issues etc. Orders for material from holdings in Early Printed Books & Special Collections outside copyright restrictions will be considered on a case by case basis.
Manuscripts & Archives material is also available for scan on demand on a case by case basis; for further information and to place an order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.