Library Services during Covid restrictions

In line with recent increased restrictions, from Tuesday 12th January, the Glucksman Library building will be closed.  Library staff will be working remotely, to provide online library services to UL students and staff and to enable online teaching and learning to continue off-campus.

Library users can avail of a click & collect service - items can be collected (once you have received your email confirmation of their availability), only between 10am to 1pm, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  

Masks are mandatory and must be worn for the duration of your visit to collect/return items. 

If you are collecting items, you may return items (during the hours for click and collect), otherwise we recommend you hold on to your books until the library reopens. No fines are accruing on library material during this time

Scan & Deliver - Request a digital scan of physical articles or chapters, subject to copyright restrictions.  Click here to find out more and to avail of this service

Please note, there is no access to study within the library and during this period of closure, library staff are not available for face to face queries.  To contact library staff – see Help & FAQ



Help & FAQs

Library staff are available to answer online queries   All user queries should be channelled through Ask Us or emailed to 95% of all queries are answered within 24 hours.

The Library’s Ask Us Knowledge Base contains helpful Covid-19 Library FAQs.

Follow library updates on Twitter (@ULLibrary) or Instagram (ullibrary).

To keep up to date with news, check this page regularly, follow us via social media and consult UL’s official advisory site on Covid-19.

Login to access library resources from home

Online collections are available 24 hours a day to UL students and staff and are accessible from the library website - to access library resources remotely log in to the remote access service using your UL network ID and password. Opening hours for the building will be updated regularly.

Ebooks & reading lists

The library provides an online reading lists service. Online reading lists allow students to connect directly through the VLE (SULIS or Moodle) to full-text reading list items recommended for their module – books, articles, videos and webpages.

Faculty members can keep reading lists up to date themselves or work with the library to do this.

  • Existing lists can be updated online
  • Teaching staff can recommend ebooks for modules to the library via the online Ask Us service, send the module code, book title and approximate number of students taking the module and the library will try to source an ebook for you. New ebooks recommended by faculty have been added to the collections. To access the 450,000+ ebooks in our collections, search the library catalogue and refine by Full Text Online. For a reminder on how to access eBooks, watch this short video - remember to always go through the library to access the ebooks you need, going directly to a publisher like Bloomsbury won’t get you access to the ebook.
  • To publish your reading list on Sulis, go to Manage Tools/Plugin Tools/Reading List and your students will be able to view the list.

Reading Lists Online link you through to your reading list items whether they are books in the Library, e-books, journal articles or websites.  Students can access reading lists via VLEs such as Sulis or Moodle, view all the readings for their courses in one place, create their own collections of useful material and comment and collaborate with other students.  If your tutor is using this system, you can access your reading lists through the VLE. Reading Lists Online is integrated with Sulis and Moodle.


Library resources for assignments and projects

Open Access and additional resources available during Covid-19

Open Access (OA) is an international movement to make research publications freely available in order to stimulate further research. Any person who can connect to the internet can access OA material freely.

Explore the Library’s guide to Open Access resources

Additional scholarly material has been made freely available for a limited period of time, from publishers in response to an international call for scholarly material to be made openly available during the global pandemic.

Resources made available during Covid 19

Library books and inter library loans

Fines and book returns

There will be no fines on overdue books while we are closed.  Please hold on to library books until normal service resumes.  

If you are collecting items via the Click & Collect service, then you may return library material into the book returns bin inside the library entrance, only during click & collect opening hours.


Interlibrary Loans

In line with a number of other institutions, University of Limerick’s Interlibrary Loan’s service has suspended lending physical items.

We will continue to process requests for electronic copies of e.g. journal articles, book chapters etc., although this service may also be subject to disruption.

All items currently out on loan to other institutions will be renewed until further notice. Please ignore any overdue notices from the library that may be auto-generated in the meantime.

Software available for remote download


Online Workshops, virtual library sessions and subject guides

Librarians are delivering workshops online for students.

There are also dedicated workshops being delivered online for reseachers, examples include "Choosing a journal in which to publish – an introduction to bibliometrics and open access", "Research data management" and "ORCID and Researchers profiles"

You need to register for any that you want to attend, details are included with each workshop on the library’s Events calendar



Research services

The library has dedicated research support pages

There are also workshops being delivered online regularly for reseachers, examples include "Choosing a journal in which to publish – an introduction to bibliometrics and open access", "Research data management" and "ORCID and sesearchers profiles"

You need to register for any that you want to attend, details are included with each workshop on the library’s Events calendar