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Library Services and COVID-19

Current Services

The RCSI Library sites at 26 York St and Beaumont Hospital are closed as part of the RCSI campus closure in response to COVID-19.  

RCSI Library continues to offer many services remotely, including access to online resources, Library guides and remote support. Further details are available in the rest of this guide.

​The Library team are available Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm to assist with any requests including one on one assistance related to research or any other information need. 

Please email all queries to  and it will be redirected to the appropriate team member. 

Access to Physical Library Spaces

RCSI Library spaces will remain closed to students until September 2020 at the earliest

The RCSI Reopening Roadmap mirrors the Irish Government's timeframe for lifting the lockdown.  As each phase of the Government's lifting of the lockdown, RCSI will assess the impact.  See for more detail on RCSI’s response to COVID-19.

If there is no reversal of the Irish Government's phases RCSI is planning a phased reopening to staff from mid-August to enable us to prepare to welcome students back to the campus during September and October. When we reopen it is likely that library spaces and services will operate differently as we implement the necessary social distancing measures.  This is likely to mean fewer students can use the library at any one time and that study spaces will be rearranged to allow for the necessary distancing. 

The library team continues to provide services remotely to students and the full suite of online resources and support tools are available as detailed in the rest of this guide.

Unavailable Services

Book Borrowing and Returns: All existing loans have been amended and will now be due Monday 14th September 2020.  
If you would prefer to return library books before you return home, please call to RCSI 26 York Street (accessibility entrance to the right of the revolving door).  Please note that the items will be taken in at the door by the Security Team, you will not be permitted access to the building.  Returned items will remain listed on your Library account until the campus reopens. 

Document Supply:  will be unavailable during this time. 

Group Study Rooms: will be unavailable during this time.  

Heritage Collections:  The collections are currently inaccessible. Email enquiries can be sent to which will be checked every Thursday. If we can assist with your query remotely, we will let you know and send you results in due course. If we cannot we will let you know and request that you follow up your enquiry with us when we are back on site.

Registration: we will be unable to register new members of RCSI or Beaumont staff. 

Visiting other libraries: ALCID and SCONUL access schemes are currently suspended.