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National College of Ireland


Remote Learning & Library Supports: On-Campus Services

UPDATE: Due to the current government Level 5 restrictions beginning on Thursday, 22nd October, study spaces in the library will no longer be available until further notice. We will continue to provide our Click & Collect book service and you can access campus to return books as well. Study spaces located in allocated classrooms on campus will continue to be available to book. This guide will be continually updated as college management and government guidelines evolve.

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.

Due to social distancing measures, access to the library will be operating through an appointment-based system for all students and staff. Before heading into campus, ensure you have booked either a study desk within the library (currently unavailable) or have organised a pickup time for collecting books through our 'Click & Collect' book service. *Note: You will be required to show your booking or confirmation email upon your arrival to campus and/or the library.

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.

NCI Library's 'Click & Collect' book service is available to all NCI students and staff. 

Book allowances:

College Level Number of Items Loan Duration
Undergraduate 5 items 2 weeks
Postgraduate 10 items 4 weeks
Staff 12 items 6 weeks

How to use the 'Click & Collect' book service:

Have a look in the library catalogue for the items you would like to request.

*note: Be aware of the number of items you are allowed to borrow (see chart above) - if you currently have items checked out, these will be deducted from the number of items you are allowed to borrow at one time. 

Fill out the Online Form with the details of the books you are requesting and then submit the form.

Once your request is received, a member of the library staff will check the items out to your account. You will then be notified via your college email that your items are ready to be collected from the Community Access Room located before the turnstile at the front of the library. 

*note: Any items that are not collected within the designated time period (i.e. three working days), will be checked back in and returned to the shelves.

Due to high demand and the necessity to quarantine and sanitise the returned items, there may be delays in fulfilling users' requests.

Desk spaces are available for Associate Faculty to book in the Research Building. These desk spaces must be reserved, and users are responsible for sanitizing the space and computers before and after use with sanitizing products provided in the rooms. Users must swipe their staff cards to gain access to the Associate Faculty Desk space. 

Desk spaces are available from Monday to Friday in two reservable time slots, from 9am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5pm. The hour between 12:30pm and 1:30pm will be reserved for cleaning. 

Link to book desk space in Room 3.20: 

Link to book desk space in Room 2.13:

Due to the current level 5 restrictions, study spaces in the library are no longer available until further notice. See below for options to book a study space in allocated classrooms on campus.

Ahead of the reopening of the library, study desks located elsewhere in the college are currently available to be booked. To book a desk go to our online booking system:

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.

Library Student Printers 

The library's printers will be available to those who have booked a study space in the library. *note: During level 5 restrictions, printers located in the library are unavailable.

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.