The Library is delighted to welcome all new and returning students. We have been working hard to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all readers. Please see our opening hours page for details.
**Please remember to pre-book a seat or quick visit on the Library booking system to gain access to any Library building. Bookings are limited to 1 hour 45 minutes and consecutive bookings are now possible. Seats are currently spaced at 2 metres but this will change from Friday 22 October (see below)**
There will be no access for external readers until further notice.
From Friday 22 October the Booking System will be suspended and there will be no social distancing in the Library
As part of the Provost’s second phase of the Return to Campus plan, and in line with the Government’s reopening plans, the Library will be removing social distancing, the booking system and time-limited slots from Friday 22 October. This involves reinstating approximately 2,300 seats, bringing the Library back to full capacity in time for students to have full use of the Library for Reading Week and beyond.
Please remain vigilant and ensure that all safety protocols are followed. The requirement for face coverings will remain in place and Library stewards will continue to monitor compliance. Depending on the details of guidance received from the Government, readers may be asked to use the COVID Tracker app for contact tracing purposes.
Enabling works to reinstate seats will take place during the week commencing 18 October. This will be carried out area by area, with the aim of minimising disruption.
Please note the following exceptions: at the request of the Graduate Students’ Union, the booking system will remain in place in the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room. The Joint Research Collections Reading Room will also maintain a booking system for the time being, due to preparatory works for the Old Library Redevelopment Project.
In the period leading up to Friday 22 October, 2 metre social distancing will continue to apply and bookings will still be required to enter Library buildings.
To deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic, especially in relation to physical access, the Library extended loan due dates a number of times over the last year or so. This approach is now being phased out and standard borrowing rules will apply again. This means that if your book goes overdue, you must return it to avoid your account being blocked or fines accruing. Please respect the needs of others and return your books on time. The notices sent from the Library system will make it clear when loans needs to be returned and you can also check the status of loans via your Library account.
The Library is carrying out a major stock relocation project in the Ussher Library basement as part of the enabling works for the Old Library Redevelopment Project. This will involve ongoing temporary access restrictions to selected collections. For more details please see our project information page.
To ensure the safety of all staff and readers, the following measures will remain in place until further notice:
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Have you stopped receiving confirmation emails?
The TCD student email system offers an option to unsubscribe from a sender. If this option is selected in emails from the Library Booking System, you will no longer receive booking confirmation emails, which are required for access to the Library and also contain your check-in code. If you have stopped receiving confirmation emails, you may have unsubscribed. Please contact email@example.com to have them reinstated. Please note that this may take several days.