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(The) Library Essentials Guide: Borrowing & Renewing Books

Managing Your Library Account

You can manage your library account online by going to the My Account or My Library Account link on the library catalogue or web page. Use your regular college username and password to log in.

Through your online library account you can:

  • View the items you have on loan
  • Renew items that don't have requests
  • Manage your book requests

Reserving Books

If all copies of a book you are looking for is out on loan, you can put in a request for it. There are a couple ways you can reserve a book:

  1. Through the Library Catalogue
  2. In person, over the phone or email

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

Borrowing & Renewing Books

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 allowance:

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, over the phone or by email.

Late charges:

If a book that has been requested by another person is returned late, it will incur a fine and you will not be able to renew or borrow any items until your fine is cleared. You can pay your fine in cash or by card in either person or over the phone. Fine amounts are as follows:

  • Main Lending: €1.00 per day per book
  • Desk Reserve: €1.00 per hour

Contact the Library Help Centre


Owing to the current isolation restrictions, we cannot currently offer face to face appointments, but please be aware we are still fully operational in terms of offering remote assistance for your assignments and research. If we can be of any help whatsoever, please do not hesitate to email us.




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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.