Visiting Other Libraries

Visiting Other Libraries

When UCD Library doesn’t have the item(s) you are looking for we can provide you with library cards or letters of introduction so that you can visit other national and international academic libraries. 

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If UCD Library does not hold the item you are looking for, we can provide you with a Letter of Introduction to visit another library.

What do I need to do?

  • Apply for a Letter of Introduction - application forms available at the service desk in the Library.
  • Provide details of the author/ title(s) you want to consult.
  • Check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.
  • A new Letter of Introduction is required each time you visit a library.

Letters of Introduction allow you to visit another library, but not to borrow items from that library.

If UCD Library does not hold the item you are looking for, we can provide you with a library card to access other academic libraries. This card is called an ALCID card.

Alternatively we can provide you with a Letter of Introduction to visit another library.

Use ALCID cards to access Libraries in higher education institutions in Ireland, including TCD, but without borrowing entitlements.
Use Letters of Introduction to access many other libraries worldwide. They are only valid for a short period of time and do not include borrowing entitlements.

Applying for an ALCID card

Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland (ALCID) , a co-operative scheme between Irish university libraries, allows postgraduate students (Doctoral, Masters by research and by exam) to access other libraries and their collections. These cards are not available to undergraduate and H.Dip. students.

  • An application form is available from the service desk in the Library or print out and submit the ALCID application form‌.
  • Cards cannot be issued if there are any fines or overdue books on your account.
  • We will issue you with your card, which you will need to sign.
  • Always bring your UCD student card with you as well when using your ALCID card.

Check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.

Your ALCID card provides access to these libraries:

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Mater Dei Institute
  • National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
  • NUI Galway
  • NUI Maynooth
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Saint Angela's College, Sligo
  • Saint Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick

Letter of Introduction

What do I need to do?

  • Apply for a Letter of Introduction - application forms available at the service desk in the Library.
  • Provide details of the author/title(s) you want to consult.
  • You can check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.
  • A new Letter of Introduction is required each time you visit a library.

Letters of Introduction allow you to visit another library, but not to borrow items from that library.

If UCD Library does not hold the item you are looking for, we can provide you with a library card to access other academic libraries. There are two cards available: an ALCID card and  SCONUL Access card.

Alternatively we can provide you with a Letter of Introduction to visit another library.

Use ALCID cards to access Libraries in higher education institutions in Ireland, including TCD, but without borrowing entitlements.
Use SCONUL access membership to access and borrow from over 170 academic libraries in Ireland and the UK (excluding TCD).
Use Letters of Introduction to access many other libraries worldwide. They are only valid for a short period of time and do not include borrowing entitlements.

Applying for an ALCID card

Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland (ALCID) , a co-operative scheme between Irish university libraries, academic staff access other libraries and their collections.

  • An application form is available from the service desk in the Library or print out and submit the ALCID application form‌.
  • Cards cannot be issued if you have any fines or overdue books on your account.
  • We will issue you with your card, which you will need to sign.
  • Always bring your UCD staff card with you as well when using your ALCID card.

Check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.

Your ALCID card provides access to these libraries:

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Mater Dei Institute
  • National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
  • NUI Galway
  • NUI Maynooth
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Saint Angela's College, Sligo
  • Saint Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick

Applying for a SCONUL Access card

SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) Access is a co-operative borrowing scheme which allows you to borrow in over 170 academic libraries in the UK and Ireland. This scheme does not include Trinity College Dublin.

  • Applications to join the scheme cannot be accepted if there are any fines or overdue books on your account.
  • To join the scheme:
    • visit the SCONUL website www.sconul.ac.uk and click on SCONUL Access.
    • Select what kind of user you are and the name of your home institution from the dropdown menus (note: UCD is filled under ‘D’).
    • Click on the ‘find’ button for a list of potential host libraries which will appear both as a map and a list.
    • Select which institution you wish to visit. This will take you to an online registration form for the SCONUL Access scheme.
    • Fill in the registration form using your UCD email address and student number. Your application will then be submitted to UCD Library for approval.
    • Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email containing information about the scheme.
  • When visiting another Library:
    • Present a copy of the email confirming your acceptance onto the scheme along with your UCD staff card.
    • Check the opening hours of the library you want to visit on their website.
    • We advise you to check the access regulations and other relevant information before you travel.
    • Take care of the items you borrow, you are responsible for replacing them if they get lost or damaged.

Letter of Introduction

What do I need to do?

  • Apply for a Letter of Introduction - application forms available at the service desk in the Library.
  • Provide details of the author/title(s) you want to consult.
  • You can check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.
  • A new Letter of Introduction is required each time you visit a library.

Letters of Introduction allow you to visit another library, but not to borrow items from that library.

If UCD Library does not hold the item you are looking for, we can provide you with a library card to access other academic libraries. There are two cards available: an ALCID card and  SCONUL Access membership.

Alternatively we can provide you with a Letter of Introduction to visit another library.

Use ALCID cards to access Libraries in higher education institutions in Ireland, including TCD, but without borrowing entitlements.
Use SCONUL access membership to access and borrow from over 170 academic libraries in Ireland and the UK (excluding TCD).
Use Letters of Introduction to access many other libraries worldwide. They are only valid for a short period of time and do not include borrowing entitlements.

Applying for an ALCID card

Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland (ALCID) , a co-operative scheme between Irish university libraries, allows postgraduate students (Doctoral, Masters by research and by exam) to access other libraries and their collections. These cards are not available to undergraduate and H.Dip. students.

  • An application form is available from the service desk in the Library or print out and submit the ALCID application form‌.
  • Cards cannot be issued if there are any fines or overdue books on your account.
  • We will issue you with your card, which you will need to sign.
  • Always bring your UCD student card with you as well when using your ALCID card.

Check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.

Your ALCID card provides access to these libraries:

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Mater Dei Institute
  • National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
  • NUI Galway
  • NUI Maynooth
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Saint Angela's College, Sligo
  • Saint Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick

Applying for a SCONUL Access card

SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) Access is a co-operative borrowing scheme which allows you to borrow in over 170 academic libraries in the UK and Ireland. This scheme does not include Trinity College Dublin.

To join the scheme:

  • visit the SCONUL website www.sconul.ac.uk and click on SCONUL Access.
  • Select what kind of user you are and the name of your home institution from the dropdown menus (note: UCD is filled under ‘D’).
  • Click on the ‘find’ button for a list of potential host libraries which will appear both as a map and a list.
  • Select which institution you wish to visit. This will take you to an online registration form for the SCONUL Access scheme.
  • Fill in the registration form using your UCD email address and student number. Your application will then be submitted to UCD Library for approval.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email containing information about the scheme.

When visiting another Library:

  • Present a copy of the email confirming your acceptance onto the scheme along with your UCD staff card.
  • Check the opening hours of the library you want to visit on their website.
  • We advise you to check the access regulations and other relevant information before you travel.
  • Take care of the items you borrow, you are responsible for replacing them if they get lost or damaged.

Letter of Introduction

What do I need to do?

  • Apply for a Letter of Introduction - application forms available at the service desk in the Library.
  • Provide details of the author/title(s) you want to consult.
  • You can check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.
  • A new Letter of Introduction is required each time you visit a library.

Letters of Introduction allow you to visit another library, but not to borrow items from that library.

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