ALCID: Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland 

‌Leagan Gaeilge ar fáil sa roghchlar ‘Gaeilge’ag barr an leathanaigh.

ALCID is a co-operative access scheme between the Libraries of Dublin City University, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Mater Dei Institute of Education, St Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin Institute of Technology and St. Angela's College Sligo.

ALCID enables access to the collections of each of the participating libraries, without formality, on production of a common ALCID membership card for full-time academics, academic-related staff and registered students reading for postgraduate degrees.

To obtain an ALCID card, please complete the ALCID bilingual app 2016‌ and take it to the reception/registration/information desk of your home institution's library. Please ensure that you have your home library card with you as staff will need to check this before issuing your ALCID card. Your ALCID card, which is renewable annually (or when your home library card is renewed if this is in less than a year's time), will then be issued to you.

Please note that when you visit other university libraries using your ALCID card you will be subject to their regulations, which may differ in detail from those of your home library. It would be wise to familiarise yourself with those regulations as any serious infringement of them may result in the imposition of penalties in your own university library. You will be asked to show your home library card when you visit another member Library. There is no borrowing or home reading permitted with your ALCID card.


ALCID application form 2016

A Brief Guide to ALCID Libraries:

All Irish university libraries are legal deposit libraries for the Republic of Ireland. Trinity College Library is also a legal deposit library for the United Kingdom. The libraries of NUI, Maynooth, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL are European Documentation Centres.

Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Phone: (01) 7005418           Fax: (01 700 5602

Email:         Web Site: 

Opening and Service Hours: 

Significant collections: Biotechnology, Computer Applications, Journalism, Management, Media Studies, Translation.


Mater Dei Library, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3

Tel: (01) 808 6511
Web Site:
Opening and Service Hours:            


St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

Phone: + 353 1 8842177     E-mail:

Web Site & Opening and Service Hours:

Significant Collections: Education



NUI Maynooth, Co Kildare

Phone: (01) 7083883           Fax: (01) 6286008

Opening and Service Hours:

Web Site:

Significant Collections

John Paul 2 Library: Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, Theology.

Also received selected Canadian government documents. 

Russell Library: Archives, manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books, rare books. Access to the college archives can also be arranged.


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Phone: (01) 402 2407          Fax: (01) 402 2457  


Opening and Service hours       

Library Catalogue

Contacts: Beatrice M. Doran (Librarian)

Paul J. Murphy (Deputy Librarian) 

Significant Collections: Medicine, surgery, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, history of medicine in Ireland


Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Royal Irish Academy promoting the Sciences and the Humanities since 1785.  Ag spreagadh léann na nEolaíochtaíagus na nDaonnachtaí o 1785 I leith.

Phone: (01) 6762570 / 6764222 

Fax: (01) 6762346               Email:           

Web Site:

Contacts: Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Librarian (

Petra Schnabel, Deputy Librarian (


Library Catalogue


Significant collections: Major Irish Manuscripts, Rare Irish imprints

The Haliday Pamphlet and the Academy Tract Collections

17th - 19th century, plus an ongoing Pamphlet Collection

17th and 18th century Broadside Collections

Early Scientific works

Collections on Irish History, archaeology, language and literature

International journals covering the sciences and the humanities - these are mainly stored offsite with call-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Most of the collections are accessible via online catalogues - see the library catalogue homepage on the website. 

Readers may use laptops in the library. CD-Rom and microfilm reader-printer facilities available.


Trinity College Dublin

Phone (01) 608 1127           Fax: (01) 6719003

Web Site & Opening and Service Hours


Significant collections:

Major collections in most areas of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are held in the Berkeley/Lecky/ Ussher Library. The Hamilton Library contains collections in Science, Engineering, Technology and Pre-Clinical Medicine. The John Stearne Library at St. James's Hospital houses Clinical, Medicine, Surgery, Nutrition, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.


The Old Library houses the Departments of Early Printed Books and Manuscripts. The EPB collections include over 300,000 works printed before 1901. Major strengths are in Irish and English printed books of all periods, Reformation pamphlets and 17th and 18th century French and Dutch books. Subjects covered in dept include Drama, Literature, Religion, Medicine and Science and there is an important collection of pre 1840 maps. The manuscript collections contain the College muniments, medieval manuscripts and a range of literary papers from Irish writers.


University College Dublin

Phone: (01) 7167694           Fax: (01)  2837667

E-mail:          Web Site:

Opening and Service Hours

Web Site:


Main Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4


Significant Collections: Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Law Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Official Publications, Special Collections.


Earlsfort Terrace Library University College Dublin, Earlsfort Terrace,

Dublin 2

Collections in Medicine, Civil Engineering, Agriculture and Food Engineering


Architecture & Planning Library University College Dublin, Richview, Clonskeagh,Dublin 14

Collections in Architecture, Planning, Environmental Studies


Veterinary Medicine Library, University College Dublin, Belfield,

Dublin 4

Collections in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health

Library and Business Information Centre, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Collections, at postgraduate level, in Business Studies, Management, Finance


Undergraduate Nursing Library, University College Dublin, Shelbourne     Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Collections, at undergraduate level, in Nursing Studies


NUI, Galway

Phone: (091) 524411 x 2738          Fax: (091) 522394


Web Site:

James Hardiman Library, Medical Library, Nursing Library


Opening and Service Hours:     

Web Site:


Significant Collections: Irish Language, Literature, History; Irish Studies; Douglas Hyde Mss.; Galway's Municipal records dating from 1484; Delargy Collection; Irish Language Newspapers; West of Ireland Provincial papers, Theatre Archives, including Druid, Taibhdhearc, Galway Arts Festival, Macnas and Belfast's Lyric Theatre and Shields Family Papers; Ritchie-Pickow photographic and sound recording archive. Literary Archive of John McGahern.  European Documentation Centre.


St Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo

Phone: (071) 914 3580 ext 215

Fax: (071) 914 4585

Opening and service hours:


Significant collections: Special Educational Needs and Food Science


University College Cork

Phone  (021) 4902794                                 Fax (021) 4273428


Web Site:


Opening and Service Hours

Web Site:


Significant Collections: Science and Technology, Engineering, Medicine, Business and Management, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

Special Collections and Archives include Gaelic Manuscripts from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries as well as corporate and estate collections of local, national and international importance.

Official Publications and recognised European Documentation Centre.


Medical Library, Cork University Hospital


Phone (021) 4902976                      Fax (021) 4345826



Opening and Service Hours

Web Site:


University Of Limerick Library

Phone: (061) 202166                       Fax (061) 213090

Email:                           Web Site:


Opening and Service Hours

Web Site:

Significant collections: Business, Tourism, Science, Engineering, Education, Arts and Humanities, Health Sciences, European Documentation Centre, Law, Irish Music. Special Collections include early printed Irish books, the extensive Leonard Limerick collection as well as several Archives of estate, literary, political and historical papers.


Regional Medical Library

Phone:            (061) 482414                        Fax: (061) 482769

Email:          Web Site:


Opening and Service Hours

Monday-Thursday: 09.00 -19.00

Friday: 09.00 - 17.00

Weekend: Closed


Significant collections: Health Sciences


Mary Immaculate College

Phone: (061) 204367                       Fax:     (061) 313632



Library Catalogue


Opening and Service hours


Significant Collections: Education, Irish History and literature


Dublin Institute of Technology Library

Opening and Service Hours for all libraries:

Web Site:

DIT Library, Aungier St., Dublin 2.

Phone: 402 3068      Fax:     402 3289

Significant Collections: Business, Management, Accountancy, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Retail Studies, Legal Studies, Languages, Communication, Media Studies, Journalism.

DIT Library, Bolton St., Dublin 1.

Phone: 402 3681                  Fax:     402 3995

Significant Collections: Civil engineering, transportation engineering, quantity surveying, architecture, construction studies, printing Learning and Teaching Collecion - comprising Teaching Theory and Skills, Learning Theories, Assessment and Evaluation, Educational Technology.

DIT Library, Cathal Brugha St, Dublin 1.

Phone: 402 4423      Fax:     402 4499

Significant Collections: Tourism and leisure, hotel management and hospitality, catering management and operations, environmental science, food science and technology.                    

DIT Library, Kevin St., Dublin 8.

Phone: 402 4894      Fax:     402 2851

Significant Collections: Physics, chemistry, biological science, food science and technology, optometry, electrical engineering and control systems, electronics and communications engineering, computer science, maths and statistics, languages.

DIT Library, 40-45 Mountjoy Square,Dublin 1.

Phone: 402 4108      Fax:     402 4290

Significant Collections: Art & Design and Social Sciences

DIT Library, Rathmines Road, Lower Rathmines Rd, Dublin 6.

Phone: 402 3461                  Fax:     402 7854

Significant Collections: Music, Speech and Drama.

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