Borrowing and renewing

Borrowing services are available to RCSI students and staff.

The Library’s comprehensive online collections are complemented by print collections. Students and staff have access to wider range of key textbooks (print and online), journals (print and online) and databases to support learning, teaching and research.

  • You can only borrow with the presentation of a valid ID card.
  • You are responsible for all items borrowed in your name until they have been returned to the Library and the loan record has been cancelled. If you lose a book, or if it is damaged, you will be charged for its replacement.
  • Reference only materials are for consultation in the Library.
  • The majority of the collection is available to borrow, with high demand items available as overnight or weekly loans.
  • Loans can be renewed online, at the self-service stations in York Street or at the Information Point RCSI Library, York Street and Information Desk RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital.
  • Books can be returned to the self-service stations or to the Information Point RCSI Library, York Street; or to the Book Return Box or Information Desk RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital.
  • Books may be returned to either RCSI Library at York Street or Beaumont Hospital.
  • You may not borrow if fines of €5 or over are outstanding on your Library account.

Loan quotas and lending periods

Undergraduate students 6 Items 1 or 3 weeks, depending on the loan category of the item
Postgraduate students
(taught programmes)
6 Items 1 or 3 weeks, depending on the loan category of the item
Postgraduate students (research) 10 Items 4 weeks
RCSI staff 10 Items 4 weeks
Beaumont Hospital staff 6 Items 1 or 3 weeks, depending on the loan category of the item
Others 6 Items 1 or 3 weeks, depending on the loan category of the item

Library fines can be avoided by all users by returning or renewing items prior to the due date.

There is a charge of €0.50 per day per overdue book.

Lost books should be reported immediately to the Library team. Replacement charges for lost books are based on value of the item lost.

You are responsible for a book borrowed in your name until it has been returned to the Library and the loan record has been cancelled. If you lose a book, or if it is damaged, you will be charged for its replacement.

To renew and place holds, you will need a Library password.

To get your password, ask at the Information Point (RCSI Library, 26 York Street) or the Information Desk (RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital) or email library@rcsi.com.

You may renew a book if it has not been requested by another member. Books may be renewed four times, then returned or re-issued in the Library.

You may not renew books if fines of €5 or over are outstanding on your Library account.

Books may be recalled before the date due, if they are requested by another member and therefore may not be renewed. Users are asked to ensure prompt return to support other learners.

You may place a hold on a book which is already on loan.

You can request a book to be brought from Beaumont to 26 York Street or vice versa by placing a hold on it.

Renew and place holds via the Library catalogue.

You may also renew your books by telephone at +353 1 402 2407 (26 York Street) or +353 1 809 2531 (Beaumont Hospital), by email or in person.

You are responsible for a book borrowed in your name until it has been returned to the Library and the loan record has been cancelled. If you lose or damage a book you will be charged for its replacement. Lost books should be reported immediately to the Library team. Replacement charges for lost books are based on the value of the item lost.

Your Library account

Use your Library account to:

  • See what you have on loan (books, resources, DVDs)
  • See if you have any fines on your account (0.50c per day)
  • Renew items you have on loan (keep them for longer, max four times unless someone else asks for the same item)
  • Reserve an item that you want to have on loan (we will let you know when it is back in and you collect it from us)

Login to your Library account

Send an email from your RCSI email account – containing your student number – with the subject heading ‘password’ to library@rcsi.com to request your Library password.

Not sure if you have a Library account? Get in touch and we will update you on your account status.

Note: Use your RCSI network ID username and password to access RCSI Library Electronic Resources including journals, databases, e-books and subscription sources.