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First Year Experience: Welcome

Library Orientation


Welcome to UL! ‚ÄčI am the library support to all 1ST Year students. The library is where you will access all the resources you need for your course. When you think of libraries, you probably just think of books and we have a collection of over 350,000 printed books in the building. But we also provide you with access to much more. The electronic library, which you can access from your home, contains 450,000 electronic books and 60,000 academic journals.

The library also provides you with services. Inside you can study individually and in bookable group study rooms; use loanable laptops and digital scanners, access specialist software, and avail of printing facilities and workshops.

Our librarians provide you with expert advice and training throughout the year, in person and online. Throughout the year I will be running introductory sessions for the library, classes on using library-resources, and citing/referencing. I am also available for individual consultations if you are having problems finding information in the library or wrapping your head around referencing - email me to book a time. You can consult one of our team of faculty librarians if you have questions related to your subject for expert help on sourcing, evaluating and utilising information resources.



Student Borrowing Rights:

  General Lending Loan Duration In Addition Three Day Loan One Day Loan Three Hour Loan Seven Day Loan
Undergraduates 5

 14 days (2 weeks)

In Addition 2 2 2 2
Postgraduates 10 28 days (4 weeks) In Addition 2 2 2 2



Smart Searching for Assignment Success: 

Your lecturer has told you to include scholarly sources in your assignment. How do you do this?

This interactive course will improve your Information Literacy and Digital Literacy Skills by showing you how to conduct research to find good sources in the library. 

The course is divided into 4 sections and you can complete it at your own pace.

Click on the image below to get started!


First Year Librarian

Jesse Waters
Librarian for Student Engagement & Success
+353 61 20 2439

Room No: GL0-018


Glossary of Library Terminology

ARC (Automated Reserve Collection): A collection of low-demand library resources, located onsite in closed-access, which can be requested online. You can see the ARC in action from the viewing point on the Ground Floor.

Catalogue: An online database which lists the library’s collection of print and audio-visual resources.

Citation: A brief description of a publication referring to a specific passage, text, author etc. It appears as a Reference or Footnote and contains sufficient details to enable you to locate the publication. Please refer to the library’s booklet Cite It Rite for help with referencing.

Closed-Access: Only library staff can enter.

Database: An electronic catalogue or index. It often includes details of individual articles within journals and sometimes chapters in books and is searchable.

Dewey Decimal Classification/Shelf Mark:  A code that appears on a label on the spine of each item in the Library numbering subjects from 000 to 999. Items are arranged by shelf mark and/or alphabetical order. See the Library floor plan and book marks for subject locations

E-book or E-journal: A book or journal that is in electronic format and can be read in full online.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL): A loan made between libraries which you may need to request if items you want are not held by the Library in print or online.

Journal: (also called periodical or serial) A publication that contains scholarly articles and is published at regular intervals.

Journal article: An item of research written by an academic or other expert, to communicate new ideas or findings to the wider research community. Several articles are published together within a journal issue.

Primo is the Library’s search engine and allows you to find items that are in the library catalogue in addition to other electronic material that the Library owns.

Reference collection describes items that you may use in the Library but may not borrow such as dictionaries, atlases and encyclopaedias.

Self-issue/ Self-return: Borrow/returning an item from/to the Library using an automated machine.

Short loan: 3-hour and 24-hour short loan items are located on the ground floor of the Library behind the Information Desk. 3-day and 7-day short loan items can be found with standard loan items on floors 1 and 2.

Special Collections: A collection of old and rare books, manuscripts and other archive materials.  Special Collections can be consulted on the second floor of the Library.

Store Level: This is a store room in the garden level of the Library, GLG-003, where lesser-used items such as books, journals, reference material and back runs of newspapers are held.