Staff may apply online for access to other libraries. Academic staff can avail of the following:
- ALCID scheme which gives reading facilities to participating Irish libraries. Your card will be issued on presentation of the ALCID Application Form
- SCONUL Research Extra (SRX) scheme which gives access and borrowing facilities to participating libraries in Ireland and the UK.
For further details please visit the Access to Other Libraries page or contact Emma Boyce, tel: +353 1 708 3928.
You will need your MyCard for borrowing. There is a self-service borrowing facility on level 0, level 1 and level 2. Academic staff can borrow 30 items in total made up of a combination of any of the following:
• 20 Standard Loans for a semester
• 20 AV items for 3 weeks
• 5 Periodical (non-current) for 3 weeks
• 2 Week Loans for 1 week
• 1 2- Day Loan
• 1 1- Day loan
For further details such as accessing My Library Card, renewing your loans, placing holds, etc. please visit the borrowing page or contact Emma Boyce, tel: +353 1 708 3928
The Acquisitions Department looks after the purchasing of all library books, both printed titles and individual ebooks. Titles purchased are suggested by academic and library staff and are charged to the library book fund. This annual book fund is allocated to specific subject areas, usually corresponding to university teaching departments. The Heads of Departments and Library Representatives are kept informed of their relevant budget details throughout the year. The departments themselves organise the distribution of their bookfund amongst department staff.
To order a book, use librarySearch to check if the book is already available. Books should be ordered early enough to ensure they will be delivered, processed and on the library shelves before they are needed for relevant research or courses. Please note the maximum number of print copies of a title the Library will hold is 10. Loan status (1 Day, 2 Day, Week or Standard) can be indicated when ordering. eBooks will be purchased, if available when multiple Short Loans (1 Day, 2 Day or Week) are requested.
Titles may be ordered using Web Order Form. Passwords have been given to all departmental Library Representatives and Heads of Departments.
To ensure the order process is as speedy as possible, please supply all the information requested on the book order form. Many sources can be checked for publication details, availability and price. BookData Online, an online database, lists most English language titles currently in print. Publishers' and booksellers' websites are other excellent sources.
Once an order has been sent to a Library suppler, the title is listed in the LibrarySearch as 'on order'. Once the title has been received, an email is sent to the staff member who requested the book. You will need to be registered with the Library to get this email.
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +353 1 708 6823/6131
International Standard Book Number Service
An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 10 digit number. It is a product number used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. It enables them to identify a particular publisher and allows a publisher to identify a specific edition of a specific title in a specific format within their output. The length of the ISBN number is changing from 10 digits to 13 digits, effective 1st January 2007.
The Maynooth University Library has been authorised by the ISBN Agency to issue ISBNs for books published by the university or its departments. To apply for an ISBN, please contact The Library at ISBN Enquiries. An application form and ISBN will be sent by email. Completed application forms should be returned to the Library marked ISBN Requests.
If you are publishing a book through a commercial publisher an ISBN will be assigned by that publisher. If you are publishing privately and wish to obtain an ISBN, you should contact:
3rd Floor, Midas House
62 Goldsworth Road
Woking, GU21 6LQ
International Standard Serial Numbers
An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a number system for journals, magazines, periodicals and newspapers and newsletters. The ISSN is an 8-digit number, written in two groups of 4 digits, separated by a hyphen and preceded by the letters ISSN (in capitals) and a single space. Further information is available online from the Irish ISSN Centre or from the:
Irish ISSN Centre
National Library of Ireland
Tel: (01) 6030351
Fax: (01) 6030289
Staff may request that material on their reading list be placed in the Short Loan Collections. Material in the Short Loan Collection is available for loan for 1 week, 2 days or 1 day.
To transfer material to these collections please use the Book Status Transfer form. For further details, contact Library Information Services, tel: +353 1 708 3884