About Us

The Edward Murphy Library houses an unrivalled collection of almost 100,000 books, pamphlets, video material, periodicals, and exhibition catalogues on a wide variety of topics. Although the collection is chiefly on open access, a large portion of the collection is kept in storage and must be ordered in advance - check the Library catalogue for full information about our holdings. Closed access special collections of rare and valuable materials relating to Irish art and design are housed in the National Irish Visual Arts Library.

The Library subscribes to over 300 periodicals which offer an international view of the subjects taught at the College. Comprehensive back issues of these titles are also available in hard copy and the Library’s online databases provide access to additional digital publications.

Users have access to a range of high-quality images through the Visual Resources Centre and its databases, along with a large collection of DVDs, Blu-rays, and CDs.

An important part of the Library service is the Learning Centre. Introductory tours of the Library are given to all new students. In-depth tutorials on research methods are provided for students who are commencing major projects and theses.

The first port of call for all users requiring assistance should be the Issue Desk. Most of the staff working there have experience of studying and working in the field of art and design, and are happy to help with any search or reference queries you might have.