Key changes to Library opening hours at Level 5:
Monday to Sunday: 8am – 8pm (pre-booking required)
A lot has changed in the Library since the lockdown in March 2020. This guide offers a useful overview of the key changes on the ground, and some advice for new and returning students on how to plan ahead and get the most from your visits to the Library.
The safety of all users and staff is paramount, so please take a few minutes to review the new measures we have put in place, which include mandatory face coverings, two metre social distancing, and the introduction of a booking system (to be launched on Wednesday 30th September), which all users will need to use to gain access to Library reading rooms.
Book a seat or a 'quick visit' slot
Place your 'Click and Collect' requests ahead of time
Make sure you have funds in your T-Card and Datapac Printing accounts
As part of a package of measures to ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, readers will need to book in advance to gain entry to the Library. This requirement will come into effect on Monday 5th October, with the booking system going live on Wednesday 30th September. To book a visit, please use the 'book a visit' link on the Library homepage or go straight to the booking system via this direct link.
Key features of the booking system
Quick visit bookings
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:
For new and returning students, there are three main options for returning books, depending on your circumstances:
For students who have already completed their studies and are waiting to graduate, and who still have books out on loan, there are two main book return options:
The Library provides a book postal delivery service for postgraduate students and postgraduate researchers in Ireland who are not in a position to pick up books from the Library (e.g. because they are self-isolating or impacted by local lockdowns). This service is free of charge.
How does the book delivery service work?
Who can avail of the service?
The service is primarily aimed at postgraduates and postgraduate researchers, but we will consider requests from other registered staff and students in urgent situations.
What materials can be requested?
Registered staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) can request materials from the open shelves in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries. Staff and postgraduate students may also request material from Santry and other storage locations. Periodicals and reference materials are excluded from this service, regardless of their location.
The Library provides a scan on demand service for registered staff and postgraduate 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 Postal Delivery service. 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 two (sometimes longer) 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 email@example.com.