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Accessing Other Libraries

There are various options available if you wish to visit other libraries.

SCONUL Access (for UL Applicants)

  • SCONUL access is a co-operative scheme that enables researchers to visit and borrow materials from more than 125 libraries in Ireland and the UK.
  • Full-time or part-time academic staff and research postgraduates are eligible to apply. Full-time (only) postgraduates on taught programmes are also eligible.
  • Full details and how to apply are available at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
  • 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.
  • Please refer any queries to the Library Information Desk.

ALCID

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.

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Letter of Introduction

  • 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.
  • Please contact the Library Information Desk or your Faculty Librarian to request a letter of introduction

Local Public Library

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.

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