Once your application is approved, you will receive an approval email with further details on how to take part in the scheme. Bring this email and your valid home institution ID card to the library you wish to visit. They may issue you with a library card for future visits. Please note: once your application has been approved, you can use any of the listed libraries. You need not reapply for each library.
ALCID is a co-operative access scheme agreed between Irish academic libraries. UL library is a member of the ALCID scheme. The scheme allows access to the collections of participating libraries on production of an ALCID membership card.
If you need to visit other libraries not included in the above schemes, you will need a letter of introduction.
A letter of introduction usually only provides access for one day or short-term access, and must specify the reason for the visit. Ongoing access is rarely permitted.
A letter of introduction does not guarantee that you will be granted access to the stated library. It is provided on a goodwill basis. Some libraries may refuse access at busy or exam periods, or for other reasons e.g. space restrictions, seat shortages etc.
If you live at a distance from UL or other university libraries, remember to check out your local public library for easy access to a place to study and borrow popular reading materials when off-campus
Borrowing From Other Libraries
The interlibrary loan (ILL) service can assist you in obtaining material that is not held directly in the library. This service is aimed at academic staff, postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students.