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Library Services 2020/2021

Latest Updates

Thursday 19th November

Tuesday 10th November

Friday 23rd October

  • StudyTime, a new system to support individual study space bookings is now live for spaces in Ardilaun Block B.
  • Book return facilities have been made available for students based in our Satellite Campuses 

Thursday 22nd October

  • Library services listed in this LibGuide will continue through Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions
  • Click & Collect service now available for Learning Communities with access to study spaces in 26 York St and Beaumont Hospital.
  • Click & Deliver service is now available for students and staff who do not have access to study spaces in 26 York St and Beaumont Hospital.
  • Scan & Send service is now available to all RCSI students and staff


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).
  • 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.