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Phased reopening of the Glucksman Library

Since the 13th March 2020, staff from the Glucksman Library have been working remotely to provide online library services and virtual training and supports to enable online teaching, learning and research to continue off campus.  We are delighted to announce that we will resume a limited physical library service from Thursday 16th July with priority given to researchers, faculty and postgraduate students.

We are taking a three-phased approach to re-opening the library building with the safety of library users and staff as the chief guiding principle. This plan was developed using HSA, HSE and University guidelines and is informed by reopening protocols of the Irish, German, French, UK and US Library Associations.  We will continually review and revise the plan in response to changes in government and University policy.

In accordance with Government guidelines, from Monday 10th August face coverings are mandatory in the library for all library users, for the duration of their stay.  Library users will not be granted access to the library if they are not wearing a suitable face covering, unless they can provide an acceptable reason as outlined in the Government/HSE exemptions.

Phase 1 - Thursday 16th July 2020

Phase I will focus on preparation for reopening. In this first phase there will be no public access to the library beyond the entrance foyer; however, the following services will be available:

  • Click & Collect - this new service will allow you to order selected physical books online.  Pre-requested items will be available for collection between 12pm and 3pm from the library entrance.  Click here for further information
  • Book Returns - You will be able to return your items to a designated area at the library entrance, between 12pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday.  Items will be quarantined for 72hrs, with items remaining on your account until after the quarantine period has passed.  If you are returning to UL in September, we recommend you hold on to your books until that time. 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
  • Digitising archives and unique resources for research and teaching.

Phase II - Monday 27th July 2020

Phase II will allow small numbers of faculty, researchers and postgraduate students access to the library by appointment only.  During this phase, practices will be constantly reviewed and procedures will be adjusted where required in order to ensure safe working conditions.

  • Service - in addition to above, the library will be open for limited daytime study Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm for faculty, researchers and postgraduate students
  • Printing facilities (please note, laptops are currently not available for loan)
  • Consultation of Special Collections and Archives
  • Access to historical source material
  • Access to study spaces on the ground floor only
  • Lending service provided but books will be quarantined on return

From Monday 27th July, faculty, researchers and postgraduates can reserve one of a small number of study spaces in the library and can also make an appointment to visit Special Collections and Archives. Visit https://www.ul.ie/library/access-appointment to book a library study space and email Specoll@ul.ie to arrange a visit to Special Collections and Archives.


Phase III

Phase III will see a gradual expansion of access and services as required and based on demand and the success of phase II.

  • Limit the total number of people in the library to comply with social distancing
  • Upper floors open for study
  • Library hours of operation would gradually increase
  • One way system in operation throughout the building, and separate entrance and exit will be in operation
  • Library classes and instruction would continue in some hybrid format

Online Library

Online Library - With students, researchers and staff continuing to work remotely, the library is very much open virtually.

The Library and Information Services Division will continue to develop, and operate a fully digital library service after the reopening of the library building and library staff will continue to work on these services.  Key tasks include:

  • Prioritise access to e-resources for learning and research
  • Expand rollout of a reading list for each module with a minimum of three e-resources where possible
  • Extend the use of online support mechanisms for as many interactions with the library users as possible  
  • Extend the provision of online instruction and LibGuides

The Library and Information Services Division is keen to ensure that user needs are facilitated where possible.  We welcome enquiries about these arrangements and will provide any updates to them on a regular basis

Contact the Library

Please get in touch with us directly if you have any questions or comments.