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UCD Students’ Union Meeting with Library Services

Students’ Union Graduate Officer Carla Gummerson and Welfare Officer

Ruairí Power met Friday afternoon with members of the UCD Library

Services Team. We were happy to hear that all five libraries will re-open on

the 21st of September with significantly greater access than current


  • Libraries will be open 5 days a week and opening hours will expand from current restrictions (specific times TBC and will be announced in the next week)

  • The current 50-student limit on how many students can use the James Joyce library at any one time will increase significantly (Numbers are being finalized and will be announced soon).

  • An online booking system for study spaces in the library will come into effect. Students must book study slots in advance in an effort to assist with contact tracing and to ensure each student gets confirmation of space. Students can book multiple slots each week and a time limit will apply (details TBC). UCD Library are committed to ensuring equitable and maximised access to students in line with public health guidelines.

  • 2m physical distancing will be maintained between students studying in the library.

  • Face coverings will be mandatory for students moving through the library building.

  • Students are asked to clean down desks and shared equipment with cleaning materials provided.

  • Provisions are being made to ensure students can move through the library in an organized manner using a “keep left” system.

  • The Short Loan period will be extended from 48 hours to 7 days.

  • The due date for summer returns of library books have been extended to the 30th of September, and late fines have been waived.

  • Current access to online journals and resources will be maintained when campus returns.

  • A chat service will be added to the Library website to assist with student enquiries.

The Students’ Union thanked the Library Services Team for all efforts to

provide students with access to these essential resources and for

maintaining access to these services throughout the Summer for students

completing theses. The Students’ Union are committed to encouraging

that students are mindful of public health guidelines when accessing the