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National College of Ireland


Remote Learning & Library Supports: On-Campus Services

Before returning to campus, have a look at NCI's short video about what the campus now looks like including some of the changes that have been made and the protocols that are in place. You can also find further information on the colleges Our Campus Commitment webpage.

It's up to all of us at NCI - please practice the following guidelines when accessing the library:

  • Wearing a mask in the library is mandatory
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Sanitise your study space before and after use with the wipes provided (this includes any equipment, i.e. pcs, printers etc.)
  • Keep the recommended social distance from others in the college as much as possible and respect each other's space.

By following these guidelines not only are you protecting yourself, but you are protecting others. Join us in helping to keep our services open to you and other NCI students and staff.

You can borrow books by going to a member of library staff at the services desk or you can use the self-service machine located across from the library services desk.

Book Allowances:

College Level Number of Items Loan Duration
Undergraduate 5 items 2 weeks
Postgraduate 10 items 4 weeks

Automatic Renewal System 

If your book(s) have not been requested by another student, the due date of your items will automatically renew for another loan duration. Remember to carefully read all emails regarding your loans as they will alert you about when you need to bring an item back or if you can keep them. All notifications are sent directly to your NCI email account.

You also have the option of renewing your books in person, online through your account, over the phone or by email.

Book Reservations

If all copies of a book you are looking for are out on loan, you can put your name on a waiting list for a copy by submitting a reservation. There are a few ways to reserve a book:

  1. Through the Library Catalogue
  2. Via LibChat
  3. Email -
  4. Or over the phone +353 1 449 8590

Once a copy of a book comes in for you, you will get a notification via your college email. The book will be held for you behind the library services desk. You will have 5 business days to collect it.

Books can be returned via the book returns box located in the atrium across from reception. All returned items will be sanitised before they are put back into circulation. After returning a book, due to our sanitisation procedures, your loan record may not be updated for 1-2 business days. You can keep an eye on your library account here: My Account.

Fines accrued for overdue books in the 2021/2022 academic year will be waived. With automatic renewals, you will only need to return a book if another student has requested it. We ask in this situation that you bring the item back as soon as you can to be fair to other library users. You can then request the book as well.

Library Student Printers 

The library is the main printing hub for NCI students. There are 4 printers/photocopiers located at the front of the library. All 4 of the printers provide printing, photocopying, and scanning services.

Go here for more information on how to print in the library.

Printing Outside of the Library

Alternatively, there is a printer available on the first floor, turn right out of the lift or from the stairs and the printer is located in the first room on the left after the swinging doors. 

Make sure you sanitise the printers before and after use with the wipes provided.

Keep up to date on any library news and resources by following @NCILibrary on Facebook Twitter Instagram
Communications from the Library: Please note all communications from the library, concerning renewal of books, overdue books and reservations will be sent to your NCI student email account.