The Reading Room - Terms of Membership

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Welcome to the Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive. We hope that you enjoy your visit here. Please take a few minutes to read the Terms of Membership that have been designed to ensure that all readers will obtain the maximum benefit from their visit. The Terms of Membership complement Dublin City Council's Customer Care Charter and Code of Conduct both of which are displayed in the Reading Room. Dublin City Libraries' Regulations are also available on request.

Please note that specialist consultation with either the Dublin City Archivist or the Divisional Librarian, Dublin and Irish Studies is available by appointment.

Terms of Membership

  1. The Reading Room is open to all readers holding a current Research Card, issued by Dublin City Libraries and available on application to all parties who wish to consult the Dublin City Library & Archive collections.
  2. Library and archive materials may not be borrowed and may not be removed from the Reading Room by readers. Readers may access collections by completing a request form, which is available from the Reading Room Issue Desk. Items requested will be brought to your designated table.
  3. Readers should note that a last call for materials system is in place for retrieval of some holdings. To avoid disappointment early requests for retrieval of items are advised. Advance requests may be made, details from Reading Room Issue Desk.
  4. Readers are required to take responsibility for items issued to them, to safeguard them while in use, and to return them to the Reading Room Issue Desk when they have finished consulting them.
  5. As library and archive materials are fragile and often irreplaceable, readers are requested not to write on them, not to lean on them, and not to place any object on top of them.
  6. Readers are requested to take notes only in pencil, or by using a laptop computer. Pencils are available at the Reading Room Issue Desk if required, and a power source for computers is available at each table, where you will also find a switch to turn on the lamp at your table.
  7. To avoid disturbing other readers, conversations should be kept to a minimum, and mobile phones and pagers should be silenced.
  8. Requests to have library & archive materials photocopied must be submitted in writing on a photocopy order form, which is available at the Reading Room Issue Desk. This is in accordance with copyright legislation. However, the right to refuse to photocopy items is reserved if this is likely to cause damage to books and archives. Permission to reproduce or publish copyright materials must be sought and obtained by the reader in writing from the relevant copyright holder. For copyright reasons, readers may not use their own cameras, scanners or other personal copying equipment in the Reading Room.
  9. Dublin City Library & Archive is a No Smoking building throughout, including the Readers' Café and Restrooms. Please note that smoke detectors are in operation throughout the building. Food and drink are not permitted in the Reading Room.
  10. Dublin City Libraries reserves the right to amend, alter or add to the above Terms of Membership at any time. Notification of such amendment, alteration or addition will be placed in the Reading Room and will be considered binding on all readers.

Dublin City Council Library & Archive
138 – 144 Pearse Street
Dublin 2