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UCD Library Services: COVID-19 Updates

Information about UCD Library services and arrangements arising from or directly affected by the pandemic.

Opening Hours

Last updated 19th April 2022

All five UCD libraries are open. See our opening hours schedule

Special Collections, UCD Archives and the National Folklore Collection are open: 

  • Access strictly by appointment
  • See their webpages for details:

NOTE: UCD Archives is now closed on Fridays until further notice.

Study Spaces

The number of people allowed in UCD libraries at any time has been reduced.

Hundreds of study desks on Levels 2 and 3 of the James Joyce Library are now NON-BOOKABLE.

Click the map below to see exact locations

JJL Level 2 floor map


NOTE: Booking is still required for seating on parts of JJL Level 2 and Level 4 and in sections of our other libraries.


  • Book your study seat in advance at 
  • Bookings for maximum of 8 hours per day (2-hour slots)
  • Only sit at designated seat and check in for contact tracing purposes
  • Check in by scanning QR code (bar code) on desk
  • If your seat is occupied by someone else, contact library staff at the Desk
  • Don't sit at a vacant seat if you have not booked it.
  • No booking is required to browse the shelves, borrow books or seek assistance

Online Services

We continue to offer extensive online support: 

Off campus access

Keeping our libraries and our users safe


Social distancing in UCD Library is not required.

Hand sanitiser and cleaning materials are provided . Please wipe surfaces, keyboards and equipment before and after use.

Returning books

Place your book returns in the drop box outside the James Joyce Library.

JJL Returns Box

Any questions? Please email

Using other libraries

The ALCID scheme is now available. See this page for details.

The use of Letters of Introduction has not resumed but is under review.

Who do I contact for assistance?

Your Liaison Librarian is your primary contact for teaching and learning support.

For information about library services email:

For help solving technical difficulties accessing e-resources, either on or off campus,