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National College of Ireland


(The) Library Essentials Guide: Finding Books

Finding Books

To find books in the library or for our 'Click & Collect' book service, you will need to know how to use the Library Catalogue. On this page, you can find guidelines for using the library catalogue and how to locate books on the shelves.

Library Map

Take a look at the Library Map to find where a subject number is on the shelves.

NCI Library has three different sections of books:

Main Lending (ML) Access
The largest portion of NCI Library's books are in the Main Lending section of the library. These books are available to all NCI Library users to borrow. They are organised first by shelf number (subject area number) and then alphabetically by author's surname. You can borrow Main Lending books through our 'Click & Collect' book service or you are welcome to browse and borrow Main Lending books when you have booked a study desk or computer in the library.
Desk Reserve (DRES) Access
Desk reserve books are located behind the library services desk. These books are core texts from a module and can be borrowed for 2 hours at a time and can only be used within the library. Go to a member of staff at the library services desk to borrow a desk reserve. Desk Reserve books are only accessible to those who have booked a study desk or computer in the library.
Reference (REF) Access
Our reference books are located on the first bay of shelves in the library (Bay #1). These books cannot be borrowed; however, they are available for use within the library. Reference books are only accessible to those who have booked a study desk or computer in the library.

Need advice for your assignments or research?

The Library Help Centre currently offers online appointments as well as remote assistance via email.

Request an appointment or contact us:

Keith Brittle Cory Newbigging

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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.