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UCD Library : An Leabharlann, An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

Using our Collections

We work with you to help you to make best use of the Library’s existing resources and to select the most appropriate collections for your teaching and learning needs.

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Exploiting the current collection


Searching the collections

Specialised collections

Special Collections


Moving books between collections

Books in the general collection can be borrowed for 2 weeks  at a time by undergraduates. If you feel it would support your students to move a book to short loan (48 hours) or 4 hour loan you can arrange this by contacting

All about borrowing


Information Resource Policy Documents

Information Resources Policies ensure that each School’s teaching, learning and research priorities have been identified, and that available resources have been focused by both the Schools and the Library in order to meet these priorities.

There is an overarching general information resources policy already in place.

Ordering new materials

The library orders books across a range of categories:      

Reading lists

The library puts aside an amount of its annual budget each year to cover the purchase of reading lists material for the forthcoming academic session. The deadline for submissions may vary slightly from year to year depending on the closing dates for module descriptors. The deadline is normally in May. For further information see our Reading Lists ordering information for academics.

Non-Reading List Material

The Library also has funding for material  related to your research or which you feel would be a valuable addition to the library’s collection in your discipline (but is not on a readiing list) For more information see Book Ordering.

Developing a new module/programme

When submitting a new programme proposal for approval you will need to consider:

  • What is the current strength of the Library collection in your proposed area of study?
  • Is there a sufficiency of materials to support the number of students envisaged?
  • Are other courses drawing on these collections at the same time?
  • Will new books and journals require purchase and when will they be needed?
  • Is start up funding available to develop the collection?
  • Will recurrent expenditure be required. E.g. annual journal subscriptions?

When designing a new programme remember the Library can help with compiling reading lists. We can advise on items of value we already have in the collection and order in items to enhance what is already in place.

For further information contact your Collection Development Librarian.

Linking to resources

It is possible to provide links to electronic journal articles, e-books and databases within Blackboard. However, when these links are copied at “article level” they are not stable. They may work today but not tomorrow, they may not work on all computers, and don’t provide off campus access to the material.

For detailed instructions on the best way to add links see our guide.