Policies and Regulations

Policies and Regulations

Library Regulations, which apply to all our users, are in place to enable the fullest use of our libraries, services and collections.

UCD Library strives to:

  • provide quality Library services in a safe, comfortable and clean environment;
  • facilitate the distribution of material as fairly as possible amongst all Library users.

Users are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these regulations‌ and policies

Please remember that Library staff would like to help you to make the most of the services/facilities available, therefore do not hesitate to enquire at one of our service points if you need any assistance.

UCD Library Regulationspdf|475 KB UCD Library General Information Resources Policypdf|350KB UCD Library Privacy Noticepdf|230 KB

UCD Library subscribes to a wide range of databases and e-resources -  among them electronic journals, subject databases, abstract and indexing databases and e-books. Some information about licensing agreements is given here.

The details of the licensing agreements vary for each product, but include the following:

  • E-resources are licensed to UCD for the use of currently registered UCD staff and students and, only where provided for and defined by an individual licence, other authorised users.
  • E-resources may be used for the purposes of UCD teaching, learning, research and administration only. They may NOT be used for commercial gain or for work undertaken by a student for the benefit of her/his employer. This includes the employer of a student on work placement as part of a UCD course.
  • Any copyright statement, proprietary marking, or protection measure included on any copy, or copies, derived from an e-resource must not be removed or interfered with.
  • Any copy, or copies, derived from an e-resource must be made within the terms of the licence. This will normally exclude the copying of the whole or substantial part of a database, journal issue or other publication.
  • Excessive or automated downloading of e-resources subscribed to by UCD Library is not permitted. Publishers have strict limits on the number of downloads allowed and are quick to take measures for downloading violations which may result in automatic termination of access for UCD.
  • Licences vary considerably as to whether distribution of smaller amounts of material in the form of print copies for classes, inclusion of local copies in Blackboard, or other further distribution is allowed and this should not be done without seeking further information. Please note: As the vast majority of our licences are not governed by Irish law, you are advised not to rely on educational exemptions under the Irish Copyright Act.
  • Contact us for more information on the licences of individual e-resources subscribed to by UCD Library.

This section outlines our privacy policy and alerts you to web tracking software which we use to create a better experience for you as our users.

We collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, in order to create reports. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual. (/p) This information is gathered in an anonymous form.

Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it.

Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in our case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site.

Again, Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors.

Some of our tutorials, built using the Articulate platform, use cookies to offer you the option to resume the tutorial at the point where you last exited.

Some third party cookies are set by services that appear on our pages. They are set by the operators of that service and are not in our control.  These include those added by YouTube which will be in use when playing videos embedded on our website, and those used by the third party service AddThis, if you choose to email a web page on the site.  If you follow the links that we provide to the Library presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr, then the cookies that these services make use of will also come into play.

Opting Out

You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting any site functionality – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.

If you wish to disable all use of cookies in your browser, please follow the guidelines offered on the About Cookies website.

UCD Cookies Policy

You may read UCD's cookies policy here