Current & Recent Library Projects

Current & Recent Library Projects

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Current Projects

 We have a number of building improvement projects scheduled for Summer 2018. Please see below for details.

New Learning Spaces in James Joyce Library - Revamping the Short Loan Collection area

A large new student learning space is being created adjacent to the SLC area. This space will include individual study spaces, a practice presentation room, group study rooms where students can work together on projects, and casual seating areas to take a break from serious study, and catch up with friends.

In order to create this new learning space, the Short Loan Collection area is now closed until early September. We apologise for any disruption these building works may cause.  Short Loan books borrowed from Monday, 21 May until Friday, 22 June, do not need to be returned until 3 September, 2018.

short loan collection composite image


In addition, a large new study space, with 18 seats, is being created on Level 2 of the James Joyce library, to facilitate student learning. Opening September 2018.


Improved Ventilation in the Veterinary Medicine Library

The Veterinary Medicine Library is currently closed until Friday, 31 August to facilitate the installation of a new ventilation system.

The Veterinary Medicine collection will continue to be available to users via a one-day retrieval system. To request an item from the collection, email your request to Items requested will be available for collection the next day from the Health Sciences Library Service Desk. 

**Short Loan books borrowed from Monday, 21 May - Friday, 8 June from the Vet collection will not be due back until Monday, 3 September.

Please direct any queries to, or phone 01 7166588.



New PCs for the Postgraduate Research Centre - now completed

UCD IT Services has completed the installation of new PCs in the Postgraduate Research Centre (PRC), located on Level 2 of the James Joyce Library.

The PRC has reopened, with brand new bookable PCs.



Please check this page and our plasma screens and social media for updates as works progress. Quieter study spaces may be found on Levels 3 and 4 of the James Joyce Library.

We sincerely apologise for the noise and inconvenience caused by these works. 

Recently Completed Projects

In order to develop student learning spaces on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library, there will be building works on Level 2 for the next 12 weeks.

Disruption to staff and library users will be kept to a minimum during this time, but there will be unavoidable noise from the demolition of walls, and from the electrical and mechanical work.

Signage is being placed at the entrance to the James Joyce Library, and in various locations on Level 2, to let our users know about this project.

JJL construction notice 2018 1

Please check this page and our plasma screens and social media for updates as works progress. Quieter study spaces may be found on Levels 3 and 4 of the James Joyce Library.

We sincerely apologise for the noise and inconvenience caused by these works. 

ne of our projects this summer was the development of a new Library website. 

  • Our new website went live on August 16, 2017
  • The website has a fresh new design
  • The site is based on the UCD templates with customisations to meet Library needs
  • It is completely responsive with all pages working on devices of all screen sizes - our separate cut down website for mobile users has been discontinued


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We are delighted to announce we have just launched our new self-service laptop loan kiosk on the ground floor of the Health Sciences Library.

The laptop service offers twenty-four new Dell laptops and students simply scan their UCard to loan a laptop and simply do the same to return the laptop.

Our Laptop Loan service has proven to be extremely popular in both the James Joyce and Health Sciences Libraries with over 34,400 laptop loans in the last academic year.

Click here for more information on self-service laptop loans.

SD with HSL Laptop

We have also extended our existing laptop loan service in James Joyce Library in partnership with IT Services.  The Laptop Loans Kiosk is now located next to the Information Desk and we have added 12 laptops (repurposed from IT Services) to our existing self-service unit. 

Forgotten your UCard?  Use our New Temporary Library Card Kiosk!

We know how annoying it is when you forget your UCard but still want to come into the Library, so we’re pleased to announce we have installed a new temporary card kiosk close to the Library entrance gates at the James Joyce Library.

If you have forgotten your Student / Staff UCard all you need to do is enter your UCD Connect username and password, and the machine prints off your temporary card that will give you access to the Library for the day.

The new kiosk is a huge improvement on having to queue at the desk to get a day pass, further enhance our self-service options and is particularly valuable during our late opening.

Laura Zaliene at Temp Library Card Kiosk JJL

Following recent budget cuts UCD IT Services has reduced the number of open-access PCs owned by IT Services.

During Summer 2017, 8 of the 16 PC’s in the UCD Health Sciences Library were replaced, and 8 were removed from service. 24 PC's in the James Joyce Library, Level 4, have been removed from service.

For more information, keep an eye on the PC Replacement Plan.

A range of projects in collections will be taking place, some of them to enable other space projects:

  • Shelving in Health Sciences has to be re-arranged to facilitate the recent installation of a self-service laptop loan unit.
  • The Short Loan collection is being weeded on an ongoing basis.
  • At our sites: Health Sciences has re-shelved all the stock, Blackrock are de-duplicating stock, Veterinary Medicine are consolidating stock
  • Our closed access stores are being significantly re-organised, with various moves to create a more logical storage arrangement
  • Our vinyl record collection is being weeded and then re-located

A number of library space projects and stock moves have taken place during the summer months.

Extension of Learning Spaces on Level 1 and Relocation of Collections

UCD Library has been granted capital funds to extend the very successful learning spaces on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library (the Library Hub) and to further develop spaces for Library staff.

The initial phase of the project involves relocation of Collections staff to Level 2, continuing the refurbishment of (1) unused and derelict space vacated by the former Audio-Visual Centre and (2) the adjacent area occupied by the former Law office and Official Publications store. This work will be completed in phases throughout the latter part of 2017 and early in 2018.

As part of this work:

  • Relocating Official Publications collection was relocated to Level 4.
  • The Christopher Palles Collection was relocated to Special Collections. This collection, donated in the 1920s, includes 17th -early 20th century books /journals.
  • We incorporated tables/chairs displaced by clearing the floor for the new Collections staff space on Level 2, across many spaces in the James Joyce Library. If the additional seating causes overcrowding or disruption we will look at this again in the autumn.
  • Further work will be carried out in the autumn.

A follow-on phase of the project will focus on the development of a new learning space adjacent to the Short Loan Collection Area on Level 1. In January 2018, when this new student space becomes available, many of these tables will be relocated to this new area. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Folklore Compact Shelving

The compact shelving unit in the National Folklore Collection was repaired in summer 2017.

Archives Compact Shelving

Additional compact shelving and map cabinets were added in UCD Archives in summer 2017. This will facilitate the housing of additional unique archives.

An Ghaeilge Bheo

Baineadh an-taitneamh agus tairbhe as na hócáidí a d’eascair as an gcomhfhiontar nua idir Bord na Gaeilge agus Leabharlann UCD, sraith  cainteanna ar ábhair éagsúla, ‘An Ghaeilge Bheo’. Cuireadh tús spleodrach leis an tsraith nuair a chas Kíla roinnt ceoil dúinn. Bhí caint agus plé ar chúrsaí polaitíochta le Harry Mac Gee, a chuir agallamh ar Pearse Doherty TD, agus is ar chúrsaí sláinte agus leighis a bhí an Dr Daithí Mac Giobúin ag caint sa tríú seisiún. Bhí freastal iontach maith ar na cainteanna agus go leor plé leis an lucht éisteachta. Is ar dhaoine a bhfuil  Gaeilge acu ach nach labhraíonn rómhinic í a bhí an tsraith dírithe agus is cinnte gur chuireamar aithne ar go leor Gaeilgeoirí dá bharr.  Bhí an ócáid dheireanach sa tsraith á reáchtáil ar an 30 Bealtaine do mhic léinn na hArdteiste a bhí i mbun staidéir i Leabharlann UCD. Seisiún deas séimh atá in ann dóibh siúd;  ‘Aireachas agus Ióga trí Ghaeilge’ le had a chur ar a suaimhneas roimh na scrúduithe.

Library Initiatives: The Living Language

Irish – the Living Language – a series of lively conversations /interviews with well-known guests

Launched in early February 2017, with members of Kila, the celtic rock band playing and speaking about their music, the SPARC initiative also included visits from Irish Times journalist Harry MacGee; Pearse Doherty TD; and Dr David Gibbons Clinical Associate Professor in the UCD School of Medicine to UCD Library to take part in the An Ghaeilge Bheo/The Living Language series of talks in Irish. The final event was a mindfulness session with Óga Yoga on May 30, aimed at second-level students studying for the Leaving Certificate in the James Joyce Library.

Organised by a student/staff team from UCD Bord na Gaeilge and UCD Library, these talks on music, politics and medicine were very well attended by students, staff, and members of the wider community who wished to engage with the Irish language. Talks were followed by a lively series of questions and answers from the audience.

This ‘An Ghaeilge Bheo/The Living Language’ project took place in Spring 2017, and was supported by the UCD SPARC programme. SPARC, which stands for Supporting Partnerships and Realising Change, supports our students in gaining real life experience along with a range of project management, problem-solving, and planning skills by working collaboratively with UCD staff. Working together they make UCD and its surrounding community a better place to learn, work and live. 

This was a collaborative project between Bord na Gaeilge and UCD Library, sponsored by SPARC.

See photos from these events in our Flickr album.

Library Reading Lists Project in conjunction with UCD Agile

UCD Library, in collaboration with UCD Agile and with support from UCD Registry's Curriculum Team, has developed an enhanced book request process that we hope will improve and streamline our book ordering process for academic staff in the university. 

Requests can now be placed using an online order form. We recommend that requests be submitted six weeks before they are required for use. Requests can be placed any time throughout the year.

You can check what titles and how many copies the library holds for your modules by searching for your module in the UCD Library Books for Modules box here.

The new process is currently in beta and we would appreciate your comments and suggestions for further development. Any feedback you may have will help us to improve our services and the support we provide for staff and students in UCD.