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(The) Library Essentials Guide: Borrowing & Renewing Books

You can manage your library account online by going to the Library Login or My Account links on the library catalogue or webpage. 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

VIDEO: 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 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 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 -

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 at the library information desk on the 4th floor. You will have 5 business days to collect it.

Returning Books

Book Returns Drop Box: Books can be returned by using our Book Returns Drop Box located in the ground floor lobby in Spencer Dock. Library staff regularly empty the box and check the items back in.

Self-Service Machine: You can also use the self-service machines to check in your books in the library.

Fines for Overdue Books

If your items go overdue, fines of €1 per item per day will accrue. If you accrue €10 or more, your account will be blocked and you will not be able to borrow or renew items until you have cleared your fine. NCI Library is now cashless, only debit or credit card payments are accepted. If you accrue fines less than €10 over the duration of your course, you will not need to pay these.

Note: 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.

Need advice for your assignments or research?
The Library Academic Support Centre is here to help!
We offer in-person and online appointments, remote assistance via email and a drop-in service.
For more details about how we can help you, see here.

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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.