Reopening campus

Detailed information about RCSI’s plans to reopen the campus can be found here.

Please be assured, we have been working hard throughout the current lockdown period to plan for a safe return to campus for all our staff and students. Six working groups have been formed by the Senior Management Team under the following thematic areas: 

  • Student health management 
  • Campus logistics
  • Engaged digital learning 
  • Student engagement 
  • Student recruitment and induction 
  • Finance 

Over the summer months all of our students (current and new) will receive regular updates from the Dean and their academic leads for the 2020/21 academic year. These communications will ensure our students can keep abreast of latest developments, public health, travel and academic information.

As a University wholly-focused on medicine and health sciences, we will lead by example in protecting human health and wellbeing to the highest standards. We are confident that with this guiding principle and with the medical expertise that surrounds us, we are making the right decision to reopen.

We also consider that we have a duty to support our healthcare systems around the world by training the next generation of expert healthcare professionals who can join their workforce at this crucial time for global health.

RCSI Library spaces will remain closed to students until September 2020 at the earliest. The RCSI Reopening Roadmap mirrors the Irish Government's time-frame for lifting the lockdown. As each phase of the Government's lifting of the lockdown, RCSI will assess the impact. The health and safety of our staff and students remains our paramount concern. 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, Library facilities will be available on each campus site. However, 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. 

If you cannot find the book you need online, please email the details to and advise why you are recommending it for purchase. The Library team will check if it's possible to arrange online access.