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Library Services 2020/2021

Latest Updates

Wi-Fi Upgrade Works 5-7pm Sunday 21 February
RCSI IT will be carrying out essential WiFi upgrade works in all RCSI campus buildings 5pm-7pm Sunday 21 February. During this time there will be intermittent connectivity outages.  Each Wi-Fi access point requires a restart to complete the upgrade. These restarts will be done on a phased basis across campus buildings. Note: Croke Park will not be impacted by this work.

Friday 22nd January

During Level 5 restrictions the Click & Deliver service is available to all students. Click & Deliver services allow you to place online requests for print books held in RCSI Library, York Street and the library team will arrange for the materials to be posted to you. This is a free service.

Friday 8th January 2021

As we start into Semester 2, we would ask students to ensure they are familiar with the Guidelines for Using Study Environments. We have a shared responsibility to maintain safety measures when using these spaces to protect student health & wellbeing.

Click & Collect, Click & Deliver, Scan & Send Services: We are unable to fulfill requests for materials from the RCSI Library, BH Collection during Level 5 restrictions. Requests for materials held in RCSI Library, York Street will be processed. Medicine Year 5 (SC2) students can avail of the Click & Delivery service to request materials from RCSI Library, York Street collections.



The safety and wellbeing of students and staff underpins library service plans for the 2020/21 academic year. For returning students you will notice changes both to how we deliver services and to the physical study environments as we implement the necessary physical distancing measures.  
One of the big changes for the Library service this year is that there is no drop-in access to library spaces in York Street and Beaumont. Working closely with colleagues across the university, learning communities will have scheduled access to study spaces in the library and Ardilaun Block B (read more).


Overview of 2020/2021 Services

  • The Virtual Information Desk is available to support you with general queries relating to library services and in-depth support.  Please use LibChat to chat online with us or email more in-depth queries to Connect with us via Twitter, Facebook
  • To support your online learning, the Library has created new resources for the Library on Moodle and LibGuides to help you develop your skills and techniques searching for and using information.  1-1 Research Consultations are available by appointment, please use the online booking form.
  • The Library BiteSize sessions will be delivered online this year.  The sessions provide you with an opportunity to learn how to effectively search and use information.  Topics include Library Essentials, How to Reference, Using Endnote, How to search for books/ebooks and Searching Healthcare Databases (CINAHL, Clinical Summaries, PubMed). Previous recorded Library BiteSize Sessions can be found on our Presentation 2020/2021 LibGuide
  • The online library is available 24/7 providing you with access to a wide range of databases, e-journals and e-books.  For 2020/21 we are aiming to provide reading list materials online when we can. Some tips for using the online library:
    • Use the links in the A-Z Resources to connect to databases, clinical summary tools and ejournal collections
    • Use the Journal Search to locate specific journals.  Search by journal title keyword.  The portal provides a link to the journal and also indicates what years online access is available for.
    • Use BrowZine to explore our online journals collection by topic.  BrowZine allows you to create a personal bookshelf and to save favourite articles.  Find out more about BrowZine, including the phone app version, on the Library Blog.
    • Use Primo VE Search to look up books available online. 
  • If you need access to materials in our print collections please use our new Click & Collect, Click & Deliver and Scan & Deliver services.
  • Access to the Heritage Collections online catalogue is available here. Please forward all queries to This email account is monitored 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday except for bank holidays.

    • The Heritage Collections reading room, Mercer Building is currently closed until further notice.

  • The SCONUL and ALCID reciprocal library access schemes are suspended for 2020/21.  We cannot provide letters for introduction, SCONUL access letters or ALCID cards to RCSI members.  We are unable to host visitors from other institutions participating in these schemes.