Joining & Accessing the Library

All registered TU Dublin students and staff automatically have library membership. 

Your TU Dublin Student or Staff ID is also your Library card. Please ensure you have your TU Dublin ID when planning a visit to the library as you will need it to access the Library and borrow books. You can use and borrow from all five libraries.  

To find your library location and contact details, check our Library Contacts page. If you have a query about accessing the library contact your home library.  

You need your TU Dublin Card to:

  • access your library's physical space 
  • use the Self Service machines to borrow books 
  • Use the Self Service Laptop Lockers 
  • borrow items at the library desks 

Obtaining your Card

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

New staff should visit the Staff Access Cards page for information on how to request a Staff ID Card. Staff ID card applications vary depending on location. 

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  
  • Opt in to 'reading history' to keep a list of what you borrow from the library 

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 1-2 days. 

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

Here is a video on how to log into your MyLibrary account.

New staff:

Once your card has been set up by Library staff you will be able to log into your MyLibrary account.  

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

Here is a video on how to log into your MyLibrary account.

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Please note: any information the library holds on staff and students is protected under GDPR
  • Your single sign-on allows you access to the online library through the Library Catalogue or is available 24 hours a day and off campus. You can access it by logging into SearchAll or the Library Catalogue.
  • Our online library is available 24/7, both on campus and off campus.
  • It provides access to thousands of ebooks, journals and databases.
  • Some databases require specific login details. You can find a list of those on the Library catalogue. Access the list using your TU Dublin email address and password. 

 

Please find information below on the Library Visitor Access Schemes open to TU Dublin staff and students: 

 

LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION: 

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. 

Please note:  

  • you must have an active Library account to be issued a letter of introduction. 
  • your Library account must be in good standing e.g. no overdue books 
  • 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. 
  • a letter of introduction is for research purposes only. It does not grant access to study spaces or to borrow.  

 

ALCID VISITOR ACCESS SCHEME: 

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 Visitor Access 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 TU Dublin 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. 

SCONUL VISITOR ACCESS SCHEME: 

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. 

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

ALUMNI: 

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 Membership at the reduced fee. See the External Membership section below for more details. 

SCONUL: 

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. 

EXTERNAL MEMBERS: 

NOTE: We are not currently accepting applications for External Membership until further notice.  

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

Other applicants with research needs may apply at the discretion of TU Dublin Library Services.  

Contact the library you wish to visit for information on how to enquire about External Membership. Annual Membership costs apply.