UCD Library Projects

UCD Library Projects

Current Projects

See our guide for more details about the sustainable initiatives and projects we have implemented or are currently involved in.

Academic library collections are organic, constantly growing and changing and need to be regularly reviewed and curated to maintain quality, to align with existing and emerging research and teaching requirements and to preserve important and unique materials for future consultation and research.

UCD Library is implementing a strategy for improvement of print book and journal collections through comprehensive collection management techniques, consistent with international best practice in university research libraries.

As part of this strategy, we will be retaining and preserving titles of importance to UCD and of national importance. We will be removing outdated and badly damaged books and purchasing new books to fill identified gaps in the collections. To best accomplish this, we will use evidence-based decision-making and follow international best practice in the development of selection, retention and withdrawal criteria for each area of the Library.

This is one of the largest collections management projects ever undertaken by UCD Library and will result in significant changes to the shape of our collections. It will mean that our collections will be upgraded, revitalised, and contain more relevant material that is easier for our users to find. It also means that the Library will be better able to plan and manage its collections and spaces over the long-term.

Completed Projects

Building on the ongoing work to ensure a greener, energy efficient UCD campus, new LED lights were placed in the foyer and Library Hub area of the James Joyce Library. Work took place in January/February 2019.

This LED lighting upgrade will reduce energy consumption and improve lighting levels, while also helping reduce related operating and maintenance costs. As funds allow, additional LED lighting will be mapped throughout our spaces.

Our thanks to UCD Estates for supporting this excellent project.

Over 100 new study spaces in Hub2, James Joyce Library - opened Monday 10 September 2018.

One of the objectives in the UCD Library Strategy 2016-20 is to continue to develop a range of learning spaces to meet the needs of different learners. HUB 2, our second social learning space, will help to foster active learning, enhance the student experience and increase student engagement.

With over 100 new study spaces, HUB2 provides easy access to the Short Loan Collection and a variety of seating areas for individual or collaborative work. It also includes a range of sofas mapped throughout the space for relaxing with friends. Printing facilities, Wifi, and large number of power sockets are also available in this space, along with 2 new study 'rooms', which can be used without the need for advance booking. Over the coming weeks we will additional furniture to the area, including round tables, additional chairs, study booths, and white boards.

A study space called Link 4 is now open and available to students. This space is located near the Law books on Level 2. This space is similar to those on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library. There are up to 20 study spaces in this room.

These new learning spaces, located in the James Joyce Library, would not have been possible without the support of the Registrar and Vice President, Professor Mark Rogers, and assistance from UCD Estate Services, for which we are very grateful.


 photo of Hub 2 space


Improved Ventilation in the Veterinary Medicine Library


New PCs for the Postgraduate Research Centre

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

**This project has been completed**

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.

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.

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. 

One of our projects in the spring and summer of 2017 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


About - Website 17


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.