Visitors may apply for access and or membership to Maynooth University Library under any of the categories listed below. There is a controlled access system in place in the John Paul II Library. Once approved, applicants will receive a library card which is required for both entry and exit. This card can only be used by the registered user. Printing/photocopying is not possible for external readers.
ALCID (Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland)
ALCID is a co-operative access scheme between participating Irish libraries. On production of an ALCID membership card (obtainable from your home institution), full-time academic staff, academic-related staff, and students registered for postgraduate degrees have access to the collections of the following libraries:
- Dublin City University
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College Cork
- National University of Ireland Galway
- Maynooth University
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- Royal Irish Academy
- University College Dublin
- Mary immaculate College
- St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra
- Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
- University of Limerick
- Technological University Dublin
- St. Angela’s College Sligo
- National College of Art & Design
- Ulster University
Maynooth University is a member of SCONUL Access. SCONUL Access is a co-operative venture between most of the higher education libraries in Ireland and the UK. It enables staff, research students, full-time postgraduates and part-time and distance learning students to borrow material from participating libraries. It also provides for a reference only service for full-time undergraduate students. Application must be made through the SCONUL website. The applicant will receive an authorisation email.
If you are eligible and wish to borrow, please Click here. SCONUL authorisation email and home institution ID must be presented on the first visit.
Any reader from members of SCONUL or CONUL libraries (DCU, TUD, NLI, NUIG, Maynooth University, RCSI, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL) is accepted during vacation periods on production of a vacation card from their home library.
Members of publicly-funded institutions of higher education in Ireland not facilitated in any of the above schemes may apply for reading access on production of a letter of introduction from their home library and an ID card from their home institution.
Please contact the Library by phone: +353 1 708 3884; or Ask Us
Graduates from Maynooth University and St Patrick's College, Maynooth may avail of library services (onsite access only) at preferential rates Click here to apply. The fees for full access with borrowing and reading access without borrowing are:
|Full Access||Reading Access|
|Individual - annual||€100||€50|
|Individual - 6 months||€60||€30|
|Individual - monthly or part thereof||Not applicable||€15|
Click here for Alumni Office contact information.
Members of the public requiring access for research purposes or scholarly needs may apply for reading or borrowing facilities. Benefits include on-site access to print and electronic resources, self-service equipment and facilities, assistance from staff and study facilities. Access to the Russell Library is also included and is by appointment. Click here to apply. The fees for full access with borrowing and reading access without borrowing are:
|Full Access||Reading Access|
|Individual - annual||€400||€300|
|Individual - 6 months||€220||€170|
|Individual - monthly or part thereof||Not applicable||€30|
Specific Item Consultation
Access can be granted free of charge for up to one week for specific item consultation. Please bring proof of ID when visiting. If you are visiting from another institution, a letter of introduction is required. Please apply here.
Due to pressures on study space, external readers may not be allowed access to the Library during exam periods.