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Academic Continuity for Library Users: Resumption of Library services

A Guide to Supports and Services for Working or Studying from Home

A safety-first approach to resuming Library services

We are committed to reopening Library spaces and resuming physical services as soon as it is possible and safe to do so. At all times we will be guided by the latest advice from the Government and the University.

The following principles will shape our phased resumption plan:

  • The safety of library users and library staff is paramount
  • We will continue to expand access to electronic resources and online supports to enhance remote digital access for teaching and research purposes
  • The reopening of Library spaces and the resumption of physical services will be phased and gradual. Not all libraries can or will reopen at once, and we must be ready to change plans quickly if there are further waves of the virus
  • In the initial phases of the resumption plan, priority will be given to current staff and students. We will expand our services for visiting readers as soon as it is possible to do so

Below you will find descriptions of the various services that will resume or launch on the 29 June. To help navigate this content, here are some quick links:

The plan for reopening Library spaces

As mentioned above, the Library plans to reopen physical spaces in a gradual manner. The key stages can be summarised as follows:

  • 29 June 2020: Kinsella Hall (floors 1-3 of the Ussher Library) will reopen as an unsupervised socially distanced study space for registered TCD students only, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Electronic legal deposit materials can be accessed via the PCs in the room at the entrance, with thanks to colleagues in IT Services for their support. There are also limited print/copy services available, with thanks to Datapac. Toilet facilities are available via the external swipe access door to the Berkeley Library, on the north east corner of the building.
  • 20 July 2020: The Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher complex and the Hamilton Library will open on a limited basis to give authorised readers access to study spaces and the ability to borrow books using the self-issue kiosks. Opening hours will be 09:30-17:00, Mondays to Fridays. There will be no late evening or weekend opening. A limited number of PCs will be made available, as will limited print/copy services. No access will be provided to group spaces and strict social distancing measures will be enforced. These measures are likely to include limits on the number of readers in the libraries at any one time. It will not be possible to facilitate access for external/visiting readers. **The John Stearne Medical Library will remain closed until further notice, but materials held there can be requested via 'click & collect' and the other services outlined on this page.**
  • 10 August 2020: The Early Printed Books and Manuscripts & Archives reading rooms will reopen on a limited basis, as will the Long Room exhibitions. Opening hours will be confirmed in due course.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: library@tcd.ie 

Book return options

From Monday 6 July, there will be three options for returning books, depending on your circumstances:

1. If you are a continuing student and don't need to urgently return your books, please feel free to hold on to them for the time being. Due dates for all current loans have been extended to the 11 September 2020 (this date may be further extended if necessary). No fines will accrue during this period. 

2. If you are a final year student (undergraduate or postgraduate), and you are not in a position to drop by the main campus, you can avail of our free postal return scheme, which we provide in collaboration with An Post. For further details, and to place requests, please follow this link.

3. If you are in a position to travel to the city centre, the Library will be running a book return and 'click & collect' service via Goldsmith Hall, as follows:

  1. Mondays: 12 noon - 2pm
  2. Wednesdays: 12 noon - 2pm
  3. Fridays: 12 noon - 2pm

Please do *not* attempt to return books outside of the above slots. All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours and then discharged from borrowers' accounts. 

Any updates to the above options will be posted here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: library@tcd.ie

Click & Collect

The Library is offering a 'click & collect' service to enable registered readers to place online requests for print books held in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries, to be borrowed and collected from Goldsmith Hall. Please note that although requests will be accepted from Monday 29 June, books will not be made available for collection until Wednesday 8 July onwards. The click & collect service is free of charge.

How does click & collect work?

  • Requests must be placed via the Library catalogue, Stella Search, using the 'click & collect' button in each record
  • When you place a click and collect request, the book will be listed as a 'hold' in your Library Account but will continue to display as 'in' on Stella Search until Library staff have had time to process your request.
  • Before the item is brought to Goldsmith Hall for collection, it will be issued on to your Library Account as a loan.
  • It will usually take a day or two for Library staff to process and issue items that have been requested.
  • We would ask that no more than 5 requests be placed at any one time as a courtesy to Library staff working on-site  
  • Library staff will then transport requested books to Goldsmith Hall for collection during the following slots:
  1. Mondays: 12 noon - 2pm
  2. Wednesdays: 12 noon - 2pm
  3. Fridays: 12 noon - 2pm
  • Normal borrowing limits apply (if you hit your limit, you will need to return some books before others can be borrowed)
  • Requestors will be notified by email that their books are available for collection and will have at least one week to collect their requests
  • Failure to collect books may affect your ability to place future requests

Who can avail of the service?

Registered staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) may place requests. Priority will be given to postgraduate requests but we will make every effort to fulfill all requests, should staff capacity allow. This will be kept under review.

What materials can be requested?

Initially (i.e. up to the 20 July), requests can be placed for materials that you would normally be able to borrow in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries. Requests for periodicals, journals and reference materials will not be possible.

From the 20 July onwards, the Library may be in a position to extend this service to materials held in the Santry Repository. More details to follow in due course.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: library@tcd.ie

Book postal delivery service

The Library has launched a book postal delivery service for postgraduates and postgraduate researchers in Ireland who are not in a position to pick up books from the city centre. This service is free of charge, but we ask that readers consider using the click & collect service in the first instance, if at all possible.

How does the book delivery service work?

  • Requests must be placed via this online form
  • You can place up to 5 requests at any one time. Additional requests may be placed once previous ones have been posted out
  • Library staff then retrieve the requested materials, issue them on to requestors' Library accounts and post them out to the address specific in the request form
  • The due date for all books issued on to requestors' Library accounts will be 12 weeks from the date of issue.
  • Normal borrowing limits apply. If you hit your limit, you will need to return some books before you can place further requests

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. This will be kept under review.

What materials can be requested?

Initially (i.e. up to the 20 July), requests can be placed for borrowable materials in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries. If you require access to non-borrowable materials, such as print journals and reference materials, your best bet is our Scan on Demand service.

From the 20 July onwards, the Library may be in a position to extend this service to materials held in the Santry Repository. More details to follow in due course.

If you have any questions, please contact library@tcd.ie

Scan on demand

The Library has launched a scan on demand service for registered staff and postgraduate students to enable requests for scanned copies of print book chapters and journal articles held in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries. This service is designed to support readers who cannot physically make it to the city centre and who may require content from materials not within the scope of the Click & Collect or Postal Delivery services. The scan on demand service is free of charge.

How does the scan on demand service work?

  • Requests must be placed via this online form
  • You will need to accept a copyright declaration as part of the request process. In summary, scanned items are for individual research use only, and may not be shared, distributed, or posted elsewhere online. If you are a lecturer and wish to request a scan of a print book chapter or journal article for uploading to BlackBoard, please e-mail your request to library@tcd.ie
  • You can place up to 5 requests at any one time, but each request will be processed in turn
  • Library staff will create scanned copies of requested book chapters and journal articles in compliance with copyright legislation
  • The files will be made available for download from OneDrive via a unique link. The files will remain available for download for a period of 7 days, with an extended grace period of 28 days if the file is accidentally deleted. Contact library@tcd.ie if this issue arises 

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 other cohorts if capacity allows. This will need to be kept under review.

What materials can be requested?

Initially (i.e. up to the 20 July), requests can be placed for materials held in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries. 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.

From the 20 July onwards, the Library may be in a position to extend this service to materials held in the Santry Repository. More details to follow in due course.

If you have any questions, please contact us: library@tcd.ie  

MyReadingList

If you are a lecturer in the throes of creating your module reading list, consider using MyReadingList to:

  • Create dynamic and up-to-date reading lists that you can integrate into Blackboard
  • Help with diagnostic assessment: have your students build their own reading lists & improve their literacy skills
  • Organise and annotate reading lists to suit your module structure
  • Increase student satisfaction with your module by simplifying access to material

To find out more about the benefits of this tool, visit our step by step guide or contact your Subject Librarian.

Additional resources to support teaching and research

If you are a lecturer preparing reading lists for semester one modules and we don’t have the e books you require, or if you are a research student requiring e books to support your work, contact your Subject Librarian to arrange purchase of this material. This service is particularly useful for titles that are presently unavailable remotely due to UKeLD restrictions or any texts that might be missing. Please note, preference will be given to requests received before 17th July.

Depositing Irish publications (Legal Deposit)

If you are a publisher or author of Irish publications, or their agent, you may wish to resume sending your material to the Library, either for deposit in Trinity, or for onward shipment to the UK legal deposit libraries by Trinity’s Irish Copyright Agency. Please note:

  • We continue to receive items sent to us by post (An Post).
  • For the time being, we cannot receive couriers, or personal deliveries; we are currently working on a timetable and the relevant procedures for this.
  • We have not issued claims for new publications since the Library buildings closed on 13 March 2020; we will gradually resume claiming from the end of July.

For general information on legal deposit, please see our Legal Deposit page.

Any questions, please contact the Accessions Librarian, libraryaccessions@tcd.ie.