Joining & Accessing the Library

All registered TU Dublin students and staff automatically have membership of the library.
Your student or staff card is your library card.

Please check you have your TU Dublin card when planning a visit to the library.

You need your TU Dublin Card to:

  • access the library physical spaces 
  • access your MyLibrary account
  • use the Self Service machines (books and laptops)
  • borrow items at the library desk

Obtaining your Card

New students will receive their card from Student Services after their registration process is complete.

New staff should contact Estates at with their new staff number to request a new TU Dublin card. Staff should then bring their new card to their home library where library staff will create a library account for them.


New students: 

Your library account is created once your student ID card is printed. When you have received your student ID card from Student Services your library account will be created within a day or two. 

To view your MyLibrary account you open our catalogue and select “Login”. On the next page, select “TU Dublin Login”. If you have any questions, please contact your home library.  

New staff: 

New staff should contact estates to receive a staff card. Once they have a staff card, they then contact their home library to request the creation of a new library account.  

Your MyLibrary account allows you to: 


  • See what items are checked out to you 
  • Check when your items are due to be returned 
  • Extend the loan on your items once per item. 
  • Reserve items that are on loan to other patrons or reserve items for click and collect 
  • Opt in to 'reading history' to keep a list of what you borrow from the library 
  • Access to the online library. 


Want to reset your password?    

Please note: any information the library holds on staff and students is protected under GDPR. We will normally use email to contact you.  If you wish us to use another means of contacting you, please give us your permission first. 

Accessing MyLibrary on a mobile device 

The MyLibrary app is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store 

When the app is installed, enter your Student or Staff number into the Barcode field and then enter your Single Sign On details. 

This will allow you to: 

  • view items you have checked out, 
  • see the items on hold for you 
  • check the balance of any fines owed. 
  • search the Library Catalogue 
  • link to library Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds. 

Watch the getting started video for more information. 


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

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). TCD is not a member 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. 


Letters of introduction can be provided to allow you to visit another academic library to consult their collections. Letters of introduction can only be used to consult resources not available in TU Dublin libraries. Contact your home library to request a Letter of Introduction.  

NOTE: A letter of introduction does not guarantee you access to another academic library. You are advised to check the relevant library website for visiting information before visiting. 


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 here.  

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 ALCID 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. 


Our libraries are open to external visitors and students. We currently accept Letters of Introduction, ALCID Membership cards and SCONUL Access cards.  


If you are a TU Dublin graduate, you are eligible for guest access to our libraries on production of your TU Dublin Graduate Network card. Guest access allows you to browse our print collections and use the library study spaces. Guest photocopying is available. Access to borrowing, library computing facilities and online resources is not available. Visit the Graduate Network website to obtain your Graduate Network card.

Members of the Graduate Network can apply for External Reader membership at the reduced fee of €40.00 per annum. See the External Readers section below for more details.


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.


Who may apply? 

External membership is open to retired TU Dublin City Centre staff, graduates and members of the TU Dublin Graduate Network.

Other applicants with particular needs may apply at the discretion of the TU Dublin library manager at each city centre library. Contact the Library location you wish to visit to enquire about access before filling in the application form below.

How much does it cost? 

The fee for external membership is €60 per annum and €40 per annum for members of the TU Dublin Graduate Network. 

What can I access? 

External members may use TU Dublin Libraries for reference and study purposes, circumstances permitting. Priority will be given to current TU Dublin students during exams and busy periods.  

External members may borrow 2 books for 14 days.  Photocopying facilities are also available. External members do not have access to library computing facilities. Access to online databases, ebooks and e-journals is also precluded as license agreements limit their use to registered TU Dublin staff and students. 

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

How to apply? 

Follow the steps below to apply. If you are a TU Dublin graduate you will need to join the Graduate Network before applying for external membership:

  1. Download the External Member External Reader application form (bilingual)
  2. Present the form at the library desk, pay the relevant fee and have the form authorised and signed. 
  3. If you wish to apply by email, submit a completed form and a member of staff will be in touch to process your application. 
  4. Go to the Student Hub (with your signed authorised form) to obtain your External Reader card. 
  5. Bring your new External Member card to the library desk and a library staff member will create a library account for you.