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Return to Library 2021: Using the Library

This guide provides information for library users on returning to the library in the academic year 2020/2021.

Using the Library

Welcome Back !  

We are delighted to welcome students back to the library for the 2021/22 academic year.   

In the library you must follow protocols for Covid Safety. When you come in to the library please make sure that you: 

  1. Wear a mask 
  2. Maintain safe distance from other library users 
  3. Avoid congregating in groups   
  4. Clean your hands after handling books or using self issue machines   

Using Study Desks

Study desks no longer need to be booked. Please use cleaning and sanitisation material to clean study desks before and after use. Also remember to clean your hands. 

Moving around the library 

A one way system is in place so please be guided by the arrows on the floor. If you are going upstairs in the LRC use the side stairs if possible to avoid congestion. Please do not gather in groups around the library.  

Students and staff can search for ejournals, ebooks and other online resources through ‘Search and Find: Online Resources’ or via the Search and Find: Online Resources search box on the Library homepage.

Library staff are here to help you so please get in touch with us. If you have any general questions please email LibraryHelp@itcarlow.ie.

Returning Library Items - Summer 2021

Book Return Options   

If you have library items you need to return to us, there are several way to do this.   

Carlow Campus  

  • For the Carlow Campus please return library items to the Book Bin located beside the LRC entrance outside Lecture Theatre A102. The Library is currently open 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri and the campus is open 9 am - 6 pm and 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday.  

Book bin outside A102    

Wexford Campus 

Return books and other library material to the Book Bin located just outside of the Library

Wicklow Campus 

Return library items to the Book Bin at Reception. Please Contact the campus for current access details 

Other Options   

  • Institute of Technology Library: You can return IT Carlow items to your nearest Institute of Technology / Technological Higher Education Association Library. If you are going to do this please contact the IoT to check their opening and access details before going onsite.   
  • Contact the library: If you have queries about returning library items, contact the library on libraryhelp@itcarlow.ie  

Covid19 Campus Protocols 

Students are reminded they should contact student services on studentservices@itcarlow.ie to check in on current Covid19 protocol before coming on campus and that public health guidance should be followed. Updated information on visiting campus is available HERE    

Fines

Remember that any borrowed items due since January 2021 will not have any fines. 

Borrowing & Returning Books - Self-Issue Machines

In the Carlow campus library, there are two self-issue machines that can be used to borrow/return a book. To borrow a book, select Check Out or Borrow, scan your Student ID card and place the book(s) on the glass shelf below the screen. To finish the transaction press finish/done. To return a book, select Return(s), place your book on the glass shelf below the screen and press finish/done. Returned books can be placed on the trolley or in the Returns Bin beside each machine.

Self service kiosks in IT Carlow LRC

Renewing Your Books Online

If you wish to check how many books you have out, when they are due, if you have fines or if you wish to renew library books you will need to login to your library account. This facility is available from the library homepage.

You will need to enter your IT Carlow network login details and click on the Login button.

The items that you have checked out will be displayed and you have the option to renew items from the General Lending collection as long as they are not overdue or have been placed on hold by another borrower.

Short Loan items normally cannot be renewed but can be renewed once for the Academic Year 2020/2021.

Staff - How to Request Books for Inclusion in the Library

Staff can request print books and ebooks for inclusion in the Library's collections by filling out the online Library Item Request Form below. All item requests will be collated and sent to the relevant Head of Department / Function for approval.

Please note that currently ordering ebooks is preferred as these will be available to staff and students within a much shorter timeframe than ordering print books.

Inter-Library Loans

There is a limited ILL service available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service is a document delivery service providing access to material such as books, journal articles or dissertations that are not available in our Libraries.

This service is available to:

  • 3rd/4th year undergraduates (working on Final Year Projects)
  • Postgraduate Students
  • Staff

Copyright requirements must be observed and as such you must confirm that the material you requested is for your own personal use only and not for commercial use. This declaration forms part of the online request form.

Consultations with Library Staff

Library staff are available and happy to help answer your queries. If you have a general query please email LibraryHelp@itcarlow.ie. Please email your Liaison Librarian If you wish to consult with them:

  • Brigid Carey | Tel: 059 9175763 | Email: Brigid.Carey@itcarlow.ie | Liaison Librarian to Faculty of Business and Humanities
  • Rónán Lynch | Tel: 059 9175761 | Email: Ronan.Lynch@itcarlow.ie | Liaison Librarian to Faculty of Engineering
  • Simon Perry | Tel: 059 9175766 | Email: Simon.Perry@itcarlow.ie  | Liaison Librarian to Faculty of Science
  • Breda Connell | Tel: 059 9175776 | Email: Breda.Connell@itcarlow.ie | Lifelong Learning and Research Services Librarian

COVID-19 Protocols

In order to use the libraries in Carlow and Wexford this year you must follow a range of protocols. Cleaning material and sanitisation stations are available throughout the buildings so please clean your hands and use cleaning material before and after use. One way systems are in place so please be guided by the arrows on the floor. If you are going upstairs in the LRC you must use the side stairs. Wearing a face covering in the Carlow and Wexford Campus Libraries is essential.

Please comply with all signage and guidance regarding cough etiquette, hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing (see the HSE website for more details).

Teaching & Learning Centre

The Teaching and Learning Centre works with colleagues across the institute to improve the student learning experience. Please visit https://www.itcarlow.ie/study/teaching-learning-centre.htm or email tlc@itcarlow.ie for more information.

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Computing Services

Computing Services can be contacted by emailing Helpdesk@itcarlow.ie or by phoning Ext. 5660 or 1111.

More information on Computing Services is available at: