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Library Essentials: Borrow / Return

The Library offers a huge range of service and supports. Please see the options below to discover the wide range of options and services available to you.

Borrowing Entitlements.

Membership Category Number of Items
Undergraduates 16
Masters & Postgraduate Diploma Students 20
Doctoral Postgraduate Students 26
Staff 32
External Readers 4 (no short loan items)
Academic Refugees 16

Item Type Loan Period
Standard Loan  6 weeks
Short Loan (U prefix & yellow label) 1 week
Reference (R prefix) Cannot be borrowed


4 hours (stay in building)
DVD (N prefix) 1 week

* Subject to Recall - The standard loan period is 6 weeks unless another library user requests the item. Once an item is recalled you are only guaranteed the item for 2 weeks from the check out date. You will receive a recall notice by email giving you a new due date. If you have had the item for over 2 weeks you will be requested to return the item in 3 days. 


Recalled books €1 per day overdue.

High Demand / Laptops if overdue -  1 per hour ( NO LAPTOPS OR HIGH DEMAND BOOKS AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT)

NOTE: You will not be allowed borrow a book if you owe €5 or more or you have overdue items on your account.

How to Return a Book.

Boole Library: Automatic Returns Unit

To the right of the Library & IT Desk in the Boole Library

1. Touch the start button on the screen to initiate the process.

returns unit

2. Place the item, with the front cover barcode facing up and away from you, on the bed and let the conveyor belt take it in. 

If you put the next item on the bed too quickly the screen will turn red and the book will be ejected. This will also happen if the book is not facing in the right direction.

3. When you've finished just touch the "press here to quit" button.

Outside of Opening Times: Use the Book Bin in the Quadrangle Reading Room. You will need your Student card to enter this room.

Brookfield: Please use the self-issue machines and book bins or call to the Service Desk.

How to Borrow a Book

Use a self-issue machine

Boole Library: 3 on the ground floor near the elevators.

Brookfield Library: 2 near Service Desk.

Place your student/staff card under the beam, barcode facing up. 

Follow the instructions on the screen:

How To Find A Book