This is not currently possible given the nature of the restrictions on access to campus buildings. However, we are offering a number of interim services which may prove useful over the coming weeks and months. Please see our 'Resumption of Library Services' page.
Due to the Library being physically closed, print materials cannot currently be supplied on inter-library loan.
However, electronic inter-library loans of journal articles, book chapters or dissertations may be possible on a case-by-case basis. The Library will waive fees for such materials during the COVID 19 closure period. Requests can be made by any registered member of the TCD community (staff and students) via the article request form on the inter-library loan page.
Please note that this service is dependent on other institutions maintaining their document delivery services and as such may be withdrawn at short notice if additional restrictions are implemented. We reserve the right to enforce a cap on requests if demand makes it impossible to fulfil all requests.
Please check our available resources carefully before sending your request in:
If you are not travelling abroad, or do not need to urgently return a book for some other reason, you can simply hold onto the books you currently have on loan until the Library reopens. Due dates on books that were originally set to be returned during the closure period have been extended to to Friday 11th September 2020 to ensure no fines will accrue.
For readers who are in a position to drop by the main campus, the Library van will be parked at the Lincoln Place entrance from 12pm - 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
For final year students who live further afield or who cannot make it to campus, the Library has launched an initiative in collaboration with An Post to facilitate postal returns, free of charge. You can avail of this service here.
While the libraries are closed, you don’t need to do anything. Due dates on books that were due to be returned during the closure period have been extended to Friday 11th September 2020. No fines will accrue before this date.
You can still access electronic resources off campus if your Library account is blocked.
Remote access to Library electronic resources is only available to registered students and staff of the University. This is due to licensing arrangements with our vendors.
Library staff did their best to process book returns before the Library closed but did not have the time to get through everything. The remaining unprocessed books will be dealt with when Library staff are permitted back on site. In the meantime, these books will remain on borrowers’ accounts, but rest assured they will not accrue fines or lead to Library accounts being blocked.
This probably refers to an item that we received under UK Legal Deposit legislation. It is part of the legal requirements that these items can only be accessed on dedicated Library computers within Library buildings. You should contact your Subject Librarian to identify alternative options.
Our plan to re-open Library spaces can be viewed on the Resumption of Library Services page.
Some essential changes have been made to TCD’s VPN to ensure stability of the service due to the large increase in the volume of users and traffic. Whether logged into the VPN service or not, access to TCD’s subscribed electronic resources off campus uses the same authentication methods. You must use links to the content are provided on any of the Library’s platforms: Stella Search, LibGuides (including our Databases AZ), Browzine etc. Links to content discovered outside of the Library’s services will not be able to recognise you correctly as a member of TCD.
Our colleagues in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have created this guide which includes tips for creating your own search, guidance for healthcare professionals, guidance for the public and clinical summaries.