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Using the Library Safely: Introduction

Using the Library Safely

The Library remains open, registered students and staff of the University can access study spaces on a limited basis.

Please note: Social distancing precautions are in place resulting in a limited number of study spaces available within the building.  If you wish to use one of these spaces you must book a seat in advance and ensure Health and Safety guidelines are adhered to. Entry is via the main entrance to the Hardiman Building and you will only be allowed access if you have booked and declared that you are well. 

It is important to note that the following services are not available:

  • Access to book stacks - request books via our Click and Collect service
  • Self-issue units
  • Internal returns unit - return books using the external returns box

Conditions of entry to the James Hardiman Library Building

  • A seat Reservation must be made in advance
  • A new entry and exit system is in place, please follow signs for entry and exit
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • Wipe desk with cleaning materials before and after use, there are sanitising stations at various locations throughout the building
  • Use hand sanitiser when you enter the Library
  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day
  • Follow instructions as signposted or given by staff or stewards
  • Practice physical distancing while in the Library, limit your movement around the Library

There will be no access to:

  • Access to book stacks - request books via our Click and Collect service
  • Self-issue units
  • Internal returns unit - return books using the external returns box
  • Self charging units
  • Water fountains

Library Opening Hours

The Library is open:

Monday - Friday 08:30 - 22:00

Saturday 08:30 - 17:30

Sunday 10:00 - 17:30


The Multi-Function Printer located at the Podium Floor/Ground Floor of the library are available for use, you must book a time slot to use the printers. When making a reservation select Multi-Function Printers from the location.

Printers on the upper floors are available for users who have a study seat booked.

There are a limited number of PCs available for use in the Library, these must be booked in advance.  To assist with printing there are a small number of stand up PCs available from where you can print. It is also possible to submit your prints via WiFi, more information on WiFi printing is available here

Library Services

To study in the library you must reserve a seat in order to gain access.  You can make a booking via this link: Reserve a Seat

Click on the links below to find out about Library services that are available:

More information on Services Available on this link: Using the Library

Contact Us

If you require assistance please contact the Library & IT Team in any of the following ways:

Assistive Technology Area

There is access to a limited number of study spaces in the Assistive Technology Area; some of these study desks are height-adjustable. It is possible for assigned Personal Assistants to accompany students in this area of the Library. To study in the Assistive Technology Area, you will need to reserve a seat  as places are limited. Access to equipment, PC’s and Sound-proof booths is not available at this time.

Medical books access

Please note that medical books are now located in the main library and can be requested by means of Click & Collect. Books to be collected like all others in the James Hardiman Library on the main campus.


Borrowing & Returning

As all our book stacks will be closed off during this period it is essential that you order a book via our Click and Collect service.  All books must be returned to the Book Returns box outside the Library entrance.

Teaching & Learning

The Library strives to provide you with the training and resources you need to be successful in your academic life. Please view our teaching & learning resources below:

Wash your hands