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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 26th November 2021

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 for the rest of 2021.

Study Spaces

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

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

Click the map below to see exact locations

JJL Level 2 floor map

Booking is still required for seating on Level 3 and 4 and in our other libraries.

Book your seat now

  • 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

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

Due to COVID-19  access to other libraries is restricted: 

Letters of introduction to other libraries cannot be provided.

ALCID scheme is suspended for the 2021/22 academic session.

SCONUL scheme participation is suspended for 2021/22.

Holders of current SCONUL cards contact your issuing library for local arrangements.

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,