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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the library?

All registered students are automatically members of AIT library. Your student card is also your library card. You use your card to borrow books, photocopy, print and gain access to our libraries. AIT staff cards are also used as library cards - these are issued by the HR Department. We also offer external membership.

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How do I contact the library?

You can phone +353 90 6424561 or email for all general enquiries. List of library contacts.

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What are the library opening hours?

Library opening hours. All services will end 15 minutes before the library is due to close.

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Who can I ask for help?

You can ask anyone working in the library for help. We are here to assist you. If you have any questions, please call up to the issue desk or you can phone us (090 64 68210) or email

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How do I find/borrow books?

To check if the library has the book you need, you use the library's OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). This database lists all the material the library has in its collection. You can search by Title, Author, Subject or Word. There are 3 dedicated OPAC computers in the library, these are located to the left of the Issue Desk. You can also access the OPAC from any PC that has an internet connection. Once you click on the link for the book you want, that OPAC will list how many copies the library has, how many are available, if the book is on loan it will list the date it's due back and it will also give you the details of the Call No. This number is used to find the book on the shelves, please follow the signage to the front of the book bays. In order to borrow books from the library, you must bring the books and your student ID card to the Issue Desk. You can not borrow books without your ID card. Most books in the library can be borrowed with the exception of those marked Reference and our Journal collection. If you have trouble locating the book you need just ask a member of staff for help.

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How many books can I borrow and for how long can I keep them?

There are different types of loans available;

  • Long Loan: These items may be borrowed for a period of 2 weeks.
  • Short Loan: These items may be borrowed for 1 week. They are marked with a red SL sticker on the spine on the book. You may only borrow 2 of these material types at a time.
  • Two Hour Loan: Located behind the issue desk, these items can be borrowed for two hours at a time and they can not be taken out of the library. You may only borrow 2 of these material types at a time.

For a full list of material types, how long you can keep them for and how many you can borrow, please ask a member of staff.

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What happens if I keep a book longer than I'm allowed?

For every day the book is overdue you will receive a fine. For Long Loan books the fine is 20c per day and for Short Loan books the fine is €1 per day. You may not be able to access your library account until your fines are paid.

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What happens if I lose a book?

If you lose a library book we will have to charge you the total cost of the book according to our records. You will not be able to access you library account until the fine is paid.

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How do I access 'My Library Record' and for what do I use it?

Your Library Record is used to renew books you have out on loan, request/reserve books, and apply for inter-library loans.

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How do I renew books?

Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Library Record.
  2. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the Renew column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.  You will then see a "Renewed!" message.  The new due date is in the Due column.
  3. If you cannot renew items, a "Not renewable" message will appear on the screen.

How do I access library PCs?

At registration you should have received your password for accessing PCs college wide. If you have problems logging into the computers, please contact a member of the Computer Services Department. There are 6 PCs located beside the Library Issue Desk;  6 located in the Library Photocopy/Print room and 20 PCs located in our Research Room. You must book computers at the library issue desk. There are also numerous PCs located in the Open Access Room beside the Adult Education Office.

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How do I photocopy and/or print?

Your Student Card is also used for photocopying and printing. You have to add credit to your card in order to print or photocopy. Credit can be purchased in the canteen, at the shop or online. There are two Black and White photocopiers/printers (copies cost 5c per page) and one Colour photocopier/printer (copies cost 10c per page) located in the library print room.

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The book I need is out on loan, how do I reserve it?

If a book you require is out on loan and no other copies are available, you can place a hold/reservation on the book.

Here is how:

  1. Search the library catalogue for the book you require, and click on the link.
  2. If the book is out on loan and no other copies are available, click on the 'Place hold' link.
  3. Enter your PC login credentials.
  4. Click on "Confirm hold".
  5. As soon as the book becomes available, you will be notified by email (AIT email address).
  6. This book will be held behind the Issue Desk. Long loan books will be held for 1 week and short loan books for 2 days - If the book is not collected within this timeframe the hold will be removed.

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Where do I get copies of past examination papers?

Either enter a search in the search box or click on the plus sign to the left of the headings.  Search results are highlighted on the page.  You can either save the PDF documents or print them.

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How do I access Lecturer's notes on Moodle?

The direct link is You login using the same password you use for loging on to the college PCs. If you have any problems accessing Moodle contact

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