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 Access resources

Library catalogues are usually freely available and searchable on the web. 
Here are some examples...

To obtain material that is not held directly in UL Library, contact Inter-Library Loans 


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SCONUL Access (for UL Applicants)

  • SCONUL Access is a reciprocal access scheme granting borrowing privileges to library users of higher education libraries in Ireland and the UK.  Each member library chooses which types of user to accept under the scheme. 

             Band A:    Staff (both academic and support staff) and research students.
             Band B:    Part-time undergraduates and postgraduates, distance learning.
             Band C:    Full-time taught postgraduates.
             Band R*:  Reference access to full-time undergraduates, and some other users not covered by the banding 
                               agreement. *Note:  Full-time undergraduates do not have borrowing privileges.

  • Full details and how to apply are available at
  • Once your application is approved, you will receive an approval email with further details on how to take part in the scheme.  Bring this email and your valid home institution ID card to the library you wish to visit.  They may issue you with a library card for future visits.  Please note: once your application has been approved, you can use any of the listed libraries.  You need not reapply for each library.
  • Please refer any queries to the  Library Information Desk.

ALCID is a co-operative access scheme agreed between Irish academic libraries.  UL library is a member of the ALCID scheme.

The scheme allows access to the collections of participating libraries on production of an ALCID membership card.  The card is available to full-time academics, academic-related staff and registered students reading for taught or research Masters and Doctoral degrees. It is not available to undergraduates or students studying for a postgraduate diploma.  Please note that full-time taught Masters' programmes are acceptable (e.g. MA in International Tourism, various MSc programmes etc.) GEMS students (Medical students) in UL are undergraduates, and therefore do not qualify for ALCID cards.  Full-time (only) postgraduate diploma students may qualify for access to the SCONUL scheme.  An ALCID card entitles the bearer to read-only access to participant libraries. For further details please see here 

Letter of Introduction

  • If you need to visit other libraries not included in the above schemes, you will need a letter of introduction.
  • A letter of introduction usually only provides access for one day or short-term access, and must specify the reason for the visit.  Ongoing access is rarely permitted.
  • A letter of introduction does not guarantee that you will be granted access to the stated library.  It is provided on a goodwill basis.  Some libraries may refuse access at busy or exam periods, or for other reasons e.g. space restrictions, seat shortages etc.
  • Please contact the Library Information Desk or your Faculty Librarian to request a letter of introduction 

External membership (fee-paying)

Many libraries offer a fee-paying external membership service.  Terms of access and services (which may include borrowing) vary.  Please make direct enquiries with your chosen library.

Local Public Library

If you live at a distance from UL or other university libraries,  remember to check out your local public library for easy access to a place to study and borrow popular reading materials when off-campus.

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