Study Rooms and Zones

Study Rooms and Zones

There are quiet study spaces located all around our libraries, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic all social study areas remain closed.

You MUST book a study seat online and in advance. See our booking system at

Changes due to COVID-19

All group study areas are currently closed.

Please book your individual study seat online and in advance at this link.

In James Joyce Library there are 33 single study rooms available for use by UCD research postgraduates, which can be booked online. Unfortunately, these are not available to occasional students.

Key points

  • 33 individual study rooms are available in James Joyce Library.
  • These rooms are only available to postgraduates.
  • Rooms are allocated for a week at a time.
  • Normal Library regulations apply to these rooms, but also read and follow the study room regulations.
  • Users must comply with UCD Return to Campus Protocols and observe social distancing requirements.

Booking individual study rooms

  • Rooms may be booked for a week at a time, as well as for the following week if available.
  • All bookings are made through SISWeb - the booking option appears under Campus Facilities.
  • Keys may be collected from the Level 1 Service Desk in the James Joyce Library from 10.00 on Monday mornings.
  • Please return room keys to the dedicated red Key Return Box on Level 2 by 16.45 on Friday, or before, even if you have a confirmed booking for the same room the following week.

The Postgraduate Research Centre (PRC) is located in the James Joyce Library.  Places are booked using an online system.

What is the Postgraduate Research Centre (PRC)? 

  • A quality research space available to registered postgraduate students. Unfortunately it is not available to Occasional students.
  • The PRC is located on Level 2 of the James Joyce Library.
  • Spaces can be booked for one week at a time.
  • Users must comply with UCD Return to Campus Protocols and observe social distancing requirements.

What does it provide access to? 

  • 14 individual workstations all with networked desktop facilities.
  • 2 dedicated spaces for laptop users.
  • Network printing.

How can I book a place or gain other access to this space? 

  • Bookings are made for one week at a time.
  • All bookings are made through SISWeb - the booking option appears under Campus.
  • Access to the PRC space is controlled by an electronic keypad. The access code will be included in your confirmation email. 

Social study areas on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library are now open and do not need to be booked


James Joyce Library has a number of social study areas on Level 1 - the ground floor.

The Library Hub and Hub2 are areas where users can chat and relax, or study in a social ambience. Please remember to maintain social distance and take a note of where you are sitting for contact tracing purposes.

There are also 3 glass-fronted Link rooms on the same floor. These are used for classes, and by the Maths and Writing support services. But when they are not in use for that, they are open to all users to study alone or in groups - and again quiet talking is allowed in these rooms.

Link 4 is open on Level 2 of the James Joyce Library near the Law collection, and like the other Links, can be used for individual or group study. This space also includes 18 power sockets for your devices.

photo of Link 4 in the JJL

The Pod

The Pod is an enclosed space also located on Level 2 near the Exhibitions Area. This space seats between three and eight students, includes power sockets and is for collaborative study only. This space can be booked online via our Online Tools page.

Photo of the Pod collaborative space