Visiting other libraries

To support your learning and research you may need to visit other libraries to access information resources not held in RCSI Library’s collections.

Please remember that access is granted at the discretion of the host library. Prior to your visit you should check with the library if there are any access restrictions in place.

For further information ask at the Information Point (RCSI Library, 26 York Street) or the Information Desk (RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital) or email library@rcsi.com.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the ALCID and SCONUL reciprocal access schemes are suspended for 2020/21.

RCSI students and staff should check visitor information for the library they wish to visit and ensure the library is open to visitors for other institutions before requesting a letter of introduction.

Casual visits to other libraries

If we do not have the book or journal you need to support your research, please ask for a letter of introduction to another library which has holdings for the material of interest. The letter must state what materials you wish to consult. Prior to visiting the other library, you must acquaint yourself with that library’s visitor guidelines, noting in particular any access restrictions for visitors or guidelines for your first visit.

ALCID: Academic Libraries Co-operating

ALCID is a co-operative arrangement among the major Irish academic libraries, enabling card-holders to access participating libraries. No borrowing allowed.

Full-time RCSI academic staff and students registered for higher degrees (Masters, PhD) are eligible to apply for an ALCID Card to facilitate their access into SCONUL Member libraries. Please return completed application forms to Information Point (RCSI Library, 26 York Street) or the Information Desk (RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital). Cards must be collected in person.

SCONUL access

SCONUL is a co-operative arrangement among most of the major Irish and UK academic libraries, enable cardholders to register and borrow from any of the participating libraries. A list of participating libraries is available on the SCONUL website.

Full-time RCSI academic staff and research postgraduates are eligible to apply for a SCONUL access to facilitate their access into SCONUL Member libraries. Please apply using the online application form. If you require assistance please contact us.