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(The) Library Essentials Guide: Opening Hours & Access

Opening Hours 
Monday to Friday 08:00-22:00
Saturday 10:00-18:00
Online Support Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00-18:45
Saturday 10:00-14:45
Online Resources
*ebooks, databases etc.
Available 24/7 from any location 

*Opening hours are subject to change

Library staff are available for online support via email ( and LibChat. Or you can contact the Library Academic Support Centre for one-to-one support for assignments and research via email ( or through online appointments available to be booked here.

In the library, you need your student card for the following:

  • Enter & Exit: You will need to swipe your student card at the gates on the ground floor to enter the building.
  • Borrow Books: To borrow books, you need your student card so you or library staff can access your account on the Self-Service Machine or at the library services desk.
  • Print & Photocopy: Your student card is connected to your print credit account and your student account, so you need your student card to print or photocopy.

Note: Only you can use your card to access the library amenities above. If your card is used by another person, staff are permitted to confiscate it.

Via College Webpages

To quickly access the Library's homepage, select the 'QuickLinks' tab at the top of any of NCI's webpages. 

Then select 'Library' from the 'For Students' list.

Via Moodle 

Quickly access many of NCI Library's pages through your Dashboard on Moodle.


In the library, we try to promote an ethos of mutual respect with each other when using the library space. This means that although low level conversation is permitted (apart from the silent study area on the 4th floor), students should be considerate of others who are studying in the library. In the silent study area please:

  • turn your phone to silent 
  • do not take or make any calls 
  • finish your conversations before entering
  • do not talk out loud

Please don't eat food anywhere in the library, covered drinks are allowed. These are all basic things, but together they can make a difference and help maintain a clean and respectful study space for all who use the library.

Low Distraction Desks

The Library has 4 low distraction desks located in the silent study room on the 4th floor. These are individual seats specifically designed for students who may be easily distracted or have difficulty concentrating. Book a low distraction desk here.

Study Rooms

There are multiple study rooms available for students to book in our new library at Spencer Dock. See here for more information.

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.

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.