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Library - FAQs

Are there fines for overdue books?

If your books are overdue there may be fine due.  Long term loans 50c per day, Short-term loans are 1.50 per day. Fines apply to week days only.

It is your responsibility to be aware of the due date on your loans.  You can log in to your library account to check when a book is due and to renew a loan.  If it is possible to renew you can do so three times, assuming that there no other reserve has been placed on it or if there is any outstanding fine on your account.

If you have any difficulties in renewing, or if you have exceptional circumstances that prevent you returning an item on time contact the library directly to discuss the issue.

How long can I keep an item?

Borrowings rights vary depending on your course.

Full Time (Undergraduate)

Long Term Items - 2 Weeks

Short Term Items - 2 Days

(Items borrowed on a Thursday or Friday can be kept until the following Monday).

DVDs/Videos - 1 Week.

Part Time          

Long Term Items - 2 Weeks

Short Term Items - 1 Week

DVDs/Videos - 1 Week.


Long Term Items - 1 Month

Short Term Items - 1 Week

DVDs/Videos - 1 Week.

How can I access the E-book collection?

Our main provider of eBooks in Dawsonera, however we also have access to online legal textbooks on, and also some further titles through our EBSCO database subscription.

For more details visit the eBooks section on the Library Moodle

Can I get any help with referencing?

One of the library’s primary roles is to support you with your academic research and writing.  

On the Academic Writing and Research Skills section of our Library Moodle page you will find a range of information on referencing styles, academic writing and guides on how you can best use a range of software to assist you in your studies and assignments. In particular we recommend Zotero as a tool to help you keep track of your research and to help you with your academic writing. We provide training and support online, at the library issue desk and in-class workshops on request.

Please do remember that the library staff are always happy to assist you with any queries you may have. If you wish to make an appointment for one to one guidance or to arrange a group workshop please do contact us.

Can I use my laptop in the Library?

Yes, there are power points to plug in your laptop on the desks.  You can access the free wireless (ask at the issue desk for the password) or better yet you can connect to the internet through your college Eduroam account. You can also access the printers from your laptop or mobile device. Just ask at the library issue desk if you need any assistance.


Is there a scanner in the library?

You can scan directly from the Printers to a USB key.  Please note that you cannot email a scan to yourself.  Scanning is free of charge. Full instructions can be found here.  If you need any assistance please do ask at the library issue desk.

What computer facilities are available in the library?

There are computers in the first section of the library and also in the library teaching lab at the back of the library. All computers are connected to the printers. To log on to a computer type in your student number as your username and your date of birth as your password, written in the format dd/mm/yyyy. If you have difficulty logging onto the computers ask a member of staff for help.

Note that there is also a computer/print lab in the Wellington building, and if you have any issues there you can ask at the IT services help desk beside the lab.

How can I contact the Library?

Phone: 01 415 0490

Email: [email protected]

The Library

Griffith College

South Circular Road

Dublin 8

How can I book a study room in the Library?

The computer lab at the end of the library in the Dublin campus can be reserved for two hour slots, just ask at the library issue desk and we will book you in.

How do I access the online resources?

Whether you are a new or returning student, we recommend that you check out these new information resources available through Moodle. You will now be able to do your coursework more quickly, more thoroughly, and with more up to date and relevant information. The information world changes and we change too, throughout the year.

All access to online resources including online journals and databases are available through the Library Information page on Moodle. To access this page you need to login using your student number as your username and date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy) as your password.
To find the resources best suited to your study area, select your faculty from the list provided. You will then have access to the login information for all the resources available to you.

Can I renew the items on my Library account?

Yes, you can access your own library account here.  You can log in with your usual log on details and from there you can to see what loans you have out, check due dates and reserve and renew.

You can also phone, email or ask us at the issue desk to renew your loans. 

You can renew three times, assuming no one else has reserved it and you have no overdues or outstanding fines on your account.

Our contact details are on the inside of each book on the date slip.

How can I top up my student account with credit?

You can top up your student credit account through your Papercut account on

Log in with your usual log in details - Student Number and Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy).  Select Add Credit from the menu to the left of the screen, and top up using a bank/debit card.

Credit can be used to purchase printing & photocopying and to pay library fines.

How many items can I borrow from the Library?

Undergraduate students can borrow 6 items

Masters students can borrow 8 Items

How do I borrow/return Library items?

You will need a copy of your student card to borrow from the library. You can return books at the library issue desk or drop them in to the returns box outside the library door. 

How do I get a student / library card?

You can apply for a student card through, you will need to upload a photo there when you are registering, though you can upload at a later date if necessary. If you need a replacement card you can email [email protected],ie, there is a replacement fee of €20.00.

You will receive an email to let you know when your card is printed. Student cards are available for collection at the library issue desk, during set times. Please check on Moodle or in the library as to the current pick up times.

How do I find a book in the Library?

Students are encouraged to make use of the catalogue to search through the resources of the library and to be proactive in sourcing their own material, but the issue desk staff are there to help and offer support.

There is a dedicated OPAC computer located beside the photocopiers and the catalogue is also available online at, or you can follow the links to it through Moodle.