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Visiting UL Library

Individuals who are not members of the University of Limerick may apply for admission online to the Glucksman Library under the following categories:


  • UL Alumni
  • Students and staff from other universities and colleges
  • Students and staff from designated HEA institutions (includes Institutes of Technology), Secondary school services
  • Legal Professionals
  • Members of the public

Please select the option most appropriate below to find out further details for each category

Please note:

  • Applications for access must be made in advance using the online access application form.
  • Applications will receive an email within three working days.
  • Individuals wishing to visit Special Collections/Archives including the National Dance Archive of Ireland should make an appointment by emailing
  • Those who require longer term access including borrowing rights can apply for fee-based membership, which provides personal, alumni and corporate membership.
  • Individuals who have not applied in advance will not be admitted during un-serviced opening hours.

The library reserves the right to decline applications on a number of grounds, for example, around exam times, space restrictions, seat shortages, etc. Access may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Library Director. Applicants must comply with the necessary terms and requirements, as stated by the library, to gain access and/or borrowing privileges.

 Access or opening hours may change at short notice in line with the latest Government or University public health advice. Therefore, it is advised that you check in with the library in advance.

University of Limerick Staff

University staff, current and retired, are welcome to come in to the library to attend events, to browse the collections, to read, to borrow and consult with library staff. Staff must use their UL staff ID card to swipe in to the library. Staff, including retired staff, who have an expired card or who have lost their card can email to request a new ID card.

Retired members of staff who need to carry out research for UL may apply to the University for an account that will allow you to access online library resources. This login will also allow you to avail of the University’s Inter Library Loans service.
Apply for a UL account on the UL Keeping In Touch webpage.

Visiting academic staff, researchers and staff of associated organisations based in UL for a short period may apply to the University of Limerick's HR Department for an ID card, subject to certain criteria and by completing the relevant form.

University of Limerick Students

Students from UL are admitted to the library on production of their valid ID card. 

  • Forgotten ID card - get a day pass, subject to a maximum of six passes per semester, from kiosk at the library entrance. Passes that are issued from the kiosk must be retained for entry and exit until the end of the day.
  • Lost / damaged card - get replacement from Student Academic Administration (SAA), E0-001.
  • Unknown card error - get a day pass from the kiosk for immediate access, subject to a maximum of five per semester, but make sure you resolve the problem with your ID card as soon as possible:
  • New students who have just been issued their card should wait 2 hours and try again, then proceed as follows
  • New undergraduates to Undergraduate Admissions, Main Building, Block E, Room E0-001, during office hours.
  • New postgraduates to Postgraduate Admissions, Foundation Building F2-019, during office hours.
  • Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) students incl. Spring Board to ER1-030, during office hours

Students with older cards that have been used in the past should get a replacement card from Student Academic Administration (SAA), Main Building, Block E, Room E0-001.

Disabled Users

There are a number of options available to individuals who may have a physical or mental impairment which may cause a difficulty for them in using the access gates. Such individuals should approach library security or can email to arrange a meeting with a library staff member to discuss alternative arrangements for on-going admission.

Mary Immaculate Students and Staff

Unfortunately, Mary Immaculate students with ID cards issued from Sept 2020 CANNOT access the Glucksman Library due to changes in the student record system in MIC. This situation may be reviewed at a later date.

Mary Immaculate staff should contact the Glucksman Library at to arrange access.

Students and Staff from other Universities and Colleges

ALCID Scheme
This is a co-operative access scheme between Irish higher education libraries. It gives access, but not borrowing rights, to full-time academic staff and postgraduate students from ALCID institutions reading for taught or research Masters and Doctoral degrees. It is not available to undergraduates or students studying for a postgraduate diploma. Full-time (only) postgraduate diploma students may qualify for access to the SCONUL scheme. Applicants must apply in advance to access the Glucksman Library, and bring an ALCID card from their home library plus their home institution ID card.  This scheme resumes on March 7th 2022.

This is a co-operative scheme which covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland, and allows access and borrowing for staff and postgraduates. Applicants must apply in advance, via the SCONUL website and may be approved by their home library. They must bring the email approval letter from their home library plus their home institution ID card to the visiting library. This scheme resumes mid-March 2022.

Atlantic University Alliance (AUA)
This is a co-operative scheme that allows access and borrowing for students doing AUA courses at UL, UCC and NUIG. Applicants must apply in advance to access the Glucksman Library, and bring proof of participation in an AUA course plus their home institution ID card.

This is a co-operative scheme that facilitates access to music information and materials available across a broad range of libraries and archives throughout the island of Ireland. Applicants must 
apply in advance to access the Glucksman Library.

Members of the Public

Members of the public may apply for a day pass, to a maximum of three day passes per year, if they can demonstrate a valid research need to consult the Library's collections. Applicants must apply in advance. Those who require longer term access including borrowing rights can apply for fee-based personal membership.

Visitors to the Library Building

  • UL staff should notify security by emailing or at extension 3067 in advance to alert them if a non-UL individual needs access to the building, attendees at board room meetings, trainers and attendees in the small and large training rooms, contractors, repairmen, etc. If all day access is required please request that security issue a day pass for collection by visitor. Requests for tours for external visitors, such as accreditation boards or VIPs should be made through the Library Director by emailing
  • Visitors wishing to view the Library's collections should apply in advance to arrange access.
  • Visitors cannot be admitted during un-serviced opening times (21:00 - 23:00 M-F, Sat: 16:30-19:00 or Sundays) if Security has not been notified by UL staff.

Disability aids, and any other visitor who may require on-going access to the library building, should email and a library staff member will make contact to discuss the access options.

Membership for External Users including Fee-based Membership

UL Library provides access to graduates, members of the public, industry and business through its fee-based service. Membership includes a library card which entitles the user to library and borrowing rights. Corporate subscription includes research services, document supply and additional cards at a reduced rate.

Applications for access must be made in advance by using the online access application form or please return a completed membership application form to the Library Information Desk or email a scanned signed version to

Category subscription   Subscription rate  
Alumni Rate VAT@23% Total
Access & borrowing (12 months) €75.00 €17.25 €92.25
Access & borrowing (6 months) €50.00 €11.50 €61.50
Corporate membership      
Annual only €400.00 €92.00 €492.00
Additional corporate card (named individual) €50.00 €11.50 €61.50
Legal Professionals      
Access & borrowing (12 months) €75.00 €17.25 €92.25
Personal membership      
Access & borrowing (12 months) €150.00 €34.50 €184.50
Access & borrowing (6 months) €80.00 €18.40 €98.40

Alumni Membership

Two types of Alumni membership cards

  • Access only (free) - We will extend access for all Alumni cards that expired during Covid for an additional 3 years. Please bring your old card with you, if possible. A fee will apply after 3 years.
  • Access and borrowing (fee-based).

Free Alumni membership includes...

  • Access to study space
  • In-library use of print collections.
  • It does NOT include access to PC's, electronic access to resources or borrowing rights

Fee-based Alumni membership includes...

  • Access to study space.
  • Borrowing rights for library printed collections.
  • Access to research services.
  • Access to electronic collections onsite.

UL alumni may apply online for a membership card. Free cards are issued for a three year period, the fee-based membership cards are issued for 6 or 12 months, after which members must reapply. Applicants must bring their old UL ID card or proof of graduation plus photo ID.


Corporate Membership

Corporate membership includes...

  • Membership card to gain access to the library.
  • Access to the University library's books and print holdings.
  • Year round access to study spaces; evenings and weekends to suit working professionals (day time access is permitted but can be very busy).
  • Access (on campus only) to the University's electronic books and research databases, journals and other publications.
  • Access through document supply service to collection of other research libraries.
  • Access to research professional services to assist with technical searches and preparation of academic work.
  • Additional membership cards at a reduced rate - up to 5 per corporate account.


Legal Professionals

Library Membership for Legal Professionals is provided jointly by the University of Limerick School of Law and the Glucksman Library.

Applications for access must be made in advance by using the online access application form

The following benefits are available to members:

  • Consultation of printed materials.
  • Borrowing rights.
  • Remote access to the Library Catalogue to identify availability of library stock.
  • Access through document supply service to collection of other research libraries, on a fee per item basis.
  • Access to the Legal Practitioner Lab for quiet study
  • A portion of the membership fee will be used to purchase books recommended by members.
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities, subject to copyright legislation.
  • Public Wi-Fi.
  • Online loan renewal facility.
  • Legal Practitioner Lab GL2-016 - An area within the Glucksman Library for quiet study. Borrow a key at the Information Desk on the ground floor for this private study facility.

€ 75 per year plus VAT of € 17.25 total € 92.25.

Terms and Conditions:

Due to the terms of our Academic Licence Agreements with publishers, access to electronic resources cannot be made available to members. Each member is entitled to borrow four items excluding short-loan books. Certain categories of material may only be used for consultation in the Library, i.e. reference works and periodicals. To ensure that books circulate to as many people as possible, fines for late return of items will apply and Library access may be suspended. If not reserved by another user, books may be renewed online.