Joining & Accessing the Library


Your student ID card is also your library card and you will need it to borrow, renew books and to use print, copy and scan facilities. You should carry the card with you at all times when you are on campus; you may be asked to produce your ID card on entry to the library.


Membership is automatically conferred, your staff card is your library card. You will need your library card to borrow, renew and request books and access the online resources.

All students and staff have a personal library account which shows the books that you have on loan and the date they are due back. It will also tell you if there are any outstanding fines on your account.

Your Library Account allows you to request books currently out on loan and renew items that you’ve borrowed.

Alumni Borrowing

Alumni have reading rights (reference only) to the Blanchardstown Campus Library at no charge. There is a charge of €80 per annum for borrowing rights. Graduates who wish to use the Library will need to download and complete the Blanchardstown library alumni application form, and return it to the Library with any payments.

External members

A limited number of external users are permitted to become Library members. Membership is granted at the discretion of the Librarian, and is for a 3 month period. There is a charge for this service: €10 for a reference card (no borrowing rights), or €30 for a borrower’s card. You will need to download and complete the Blanchardstown library external borrower application form, and return it to the Library with any payments. Please see the Blanchardstown library external users policy for full details of the scheme.

Please note that while study and reader access is available in all five libraries for alumni and external members, borrowing is only permitted in the campus where the fee was processed. 


The SCONUL Access Scheme is a reciprocal access and lending scheme between academic libraries in the UK and Ireland for academic staff and researchers. If you wish to access TU Dublin Library Services through the SCONUL Access Scheme, contact your home library. 

Public libraries

Public libraries are free to join from any branch library in the country. In addition to providing access to over 12 million books, the libraries offer access to e-books, audio books, newspapers and other online resources. Certain libraries also provide study areas, access to local history collections and information services in the locality. Find your local library and learn more.


What is the ALCID Access Scheme? 

The Alcid Access Scheme is an access scheme between the Libraries of TU Dublin, DCU, TCD, UCD, Maynooth University, Royal Irish Academy, UL, NUI Galway, UCC, Mary Immaculate College, NCAD, DIAS, and Ulster University.  

Who can use ALCID? 

An ALCID membership card enables access to the participating libraries for academic staff, academic-related staff, and students registered for a Masters or PhD degree.  

NOTE: The ALCID Access Scheme is not open to students undertaking a Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Apprenticeship, or a CPD module.  

How do I apply for an ALCID membership card?  

Complete the online application form.

When completing the form select your home library. A member of staff will then process your application and contact you. You will need to present your Student/Staff ID at a library desk to receive the card.  

ALCID Cards are valid for 12 months from September each year. A new application must be submitted to avail of a new card each year.

When you visit other university libraries using your ALCID card you will be subject to their regulations, which may differ from those of your home library. You will be asked to show your TU Dublin Student/Staff ID along with your ALCID membership card when you visit another member library. Please note borrowing is not permitted with your ALCID card. Access to participating libraries' online resources is also restricted. 


The SCONUL Access Scheme is a reciprocal access and lending scheme between academic libraries in the UK and Ireland for academic staff and researchers.  Click here to apply online. 

Please note that some libraries are not currently participating in the access scheme. The following Irish Universities are not currently participating: 

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) 

University of Limerick (UL) 

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are not members of the SCONUL Access Scheme 

Before visiting another library, it is advisable to check their website for their opening hours, access requirements, and other local conditions.