Study Spaces

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Note, because Dublin is currently at Level 3 of the Government's 'Plan for Living with COVID-19'  branches are operating a 'Call and Collect' service and it is not possible to study in the library.

A number of spaces for personal study are available in the Research Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street.

To avail of the study space, the student must visit the Reading Room desk and produce photo ID to obtain a Study Card.

Study Card holders will not have access to our collections unless they apply for a Research Card. They may do so at any stage.

The normal Terms of Membership apply. To protect unique and valuable materials, some of them nearly one thousand years old, the conditions of use are in line with global best practice. Acceptance of Study Space membership includes acceptance of these terms of membership, which must be adhered to. We would like to draw your attention to the following conditions:

  • Pencils only, no pens, highlighters, scissors or tippex may be used in the Reading Room.
  • Mobile phones must be silenced.
  • Eating or drinking is not allowed in the Reading Room.
  • To avoid disturbing other readers, conversations should be kept to a minimum.

Readers are advised to take care of their personal property, including handbags and laptop computers, and to keep on their person at all times. Dublin City Council is not responsible for any theft of personal property or loss of personal property arising while members of the public are in the Dublin City Library and Archive.

Possession of the Study Space Card does not guarantee access to a study space, as these are in constant demand. Each day, the student must register with a staff member at the desk on entry to the Reading Room. They then will be allocated a Study Space Pass. Passes may not be removed from the Reading Room and must be returned on a daily basis. Failure to return a Pass may result in the withdrawal of Study Space privileges.

We hope you enjoy your visit and we ask your co-operation in making the Research Reading Room a safe and productive space for all our users.

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