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Borrow, Return

All students, staff and registered users with a valid UL ID card are allowed to borrow material from the library.

The rules around borrowing and returning are subject to change and students should check the library website regularly for updates or follow us on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat for updates.


Check My Library Account to find out what you have on loan.  After you have signed in, click on your name on the top right hand corner of the screen to see the link for "My Library Account".

*Note: PhD and Masters students should use their student ID and password to sign into to "My Library Account" to view their loans.

Borrow a Book

  • Use Library Search to see if the item is available in the library.
  • Note the shelfmark and then go to the shelves to locate the book.
  • Short loan books have been integrated with the main collection this year
  • When you find the book you are looking for, use the self-service machines on the ground floor of library to take the item out on loan, wipe down touch points before and after use. 
  • You must maintain your Library Account in good stead in order to use the self-issue machines. You cannot use this service if:
  • You have exceeded your borrowing allowance.
  • You have overdue items.
  No. of Items Loan Duration
Undergraduates 10 Books 28 Days
Postgraduates 20 Books 28 Days

Please check out our wide selection of e-books too. Follow the link from the item record if available.

Borrow a Laptop

You can borrow a laptop for 4 hours, laptops can only be used within the library building.  More information here

Renew a Book

You can renew your books...

  •     Online using My Library Account
  •     By telephone 061-202166
  •     At the Information Desk
  •     At the Self Service Machines

When can you NOT renew online...

a) If you have reached the limit for renewals and the book needs to be returned to the library;

c) another person has placed a request on the item so it needs to be returned to the library;

d) your staff or student record has expired.

       Staff members can renew their ID card in HR.
       Students with registration questions should contact Student Academic Administration at

Returning Books

You may return books on a drop & go basis at the library entrance or use the book returns machine in the library located on the ground floor

How to put a request on a Book

  • If a book is on loan, you can put a request on it, if there are no other copies of the book available to borrow.  You can also put a request on a book that is located in the ARC
  • You must log into My Library Account to put an request on an item
  • Once you login and locate the book you want, click on the request button & enter the relevant details.
  • You will receive an email message to your UL email account when the item has been returned.
  • You will have one week from receipt of this email to collect the item.
  • The item can be collected from the room with shelving near the information desk on the ground floor of the library
  • The order of the item on the shelf is determined by the FIRST 3 LETTERS OF YOUR SURNAME AND THEN THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR ID NUMBER e.g. COR6789. Check for these details on the orange slip.
  • To borrow the item, please use the self-service machines


Cancel a Request

You can cancel a request by logging into My Library Account, once logged in you will see a requests tab, click on this tab to view or cancel a request.

Fines and Overdue Material

There will be no fines on overdue books this year, however, you may not borrow books until you return overdue items


Can't find an Item?

Occasionally the item you are looking for can’t be found on the shelf. When this happens, there are a few options.

  • Check Library Search to see if the item is out on loan to someone else - you will see a due date given if that is the case
  • Re-check the shelves again after a few hours or the next day. Another reader may have been using the item within the Library or it may be in the process of being re-shelved.
  • Contact the library via the Ask Us service
  • The Library will make every attempt to find an item; this may take a few days. If the item is not essential, we suggest you consider an alternative title(s) at or nearby the same shelf location or from the library’s e-resources.

ARC (Automated Reserve Collection)

What does ARC (Automated Reserve Collection) mean on the Library Search?

Contact the Library

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