How To Access

NOTICE: During the Easter period, 29 March to 9 April, the library and NIVAL opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm.

The library will be closed on the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th of April. 

Current Campus Access: 

The Library and NIVAL are only open to final year and post-graduate students & staff with permission to come on campus. Appointments can be made for browsing through email at The hold system will continue to operate and will be satisfied by post when material is available.

Holds & Collect Service: Holds can be placed online (catalogue). Items will be posted out to users during Level 5 restrictions unless collection on campus is requested and permission is secured by email from

Students in the following groups only can now collect their loan hold requests in person from the Library:

  • Final Year Visual Culture BA
  • Art in the Contemporary World MA
  • Design History and Material Culture MA
  • Professional Master of Education

Students in the above categories may also book short library browsing sessions (15 minutes duration) by emailing

Please note that you must ensure that you have been cleared by your department for attendance on-site before availing of click-and-collect or booking a browsing appointment.

Confirmation by library staff of a booking will not be taken as evidence of permission to be onsite. You must sign in with attendants on arrival at campus.

You may place library hold requests by logging in to the Discovery Catalogue (see also this link to video tutorials about placing holds and using the library databases

On receiving confirmation that your hold requests are available, please email us at to confirm that you will be collecting in person. Students who do not contact us will receive their loans by post.

Keep an eye on your college email inboxes and our Instagram page (ncad_library) for future updates.

Contact info: or +353-1-636 4357

A list of Library Guides for research are available online here. 

Also a list of Library Videos are available online on this website


Library Opening Hours 
HOURS OF SERVICE                 


Issue Desk


Returns Bin outside the Library Entrance


9:30 - 16.30 (M - Fri)

9:30 - 16.30 (M - Fri) Book at


To book browsing please email:

This library email account is monitored 9.30am - 4.30pm (Monday to Friday). 


How do I access the Edward Murphy Library? 

The Library is located on the second floor of the Granary Building. To ensure the safety of all Library users and staff, we are operating a Hold & Collect system in place of our normal lending service. This is a temporary arrangement until such a time as we are able to physically re-open the Library space. There is currently no access to the Library for computer/printer use.

A breakdown of how the system operates is available here:


When/where can I collect my holds?

To collection your holds, go the main issue desk. 

The issue desk will be open: 

9:30 - 16.30 Mon - Fri


When/where can I return my loans?

To return books:  there will be a Loan Deposit Box on the second floor of the Granary outside the entrance to the library. 


Virtual Issue Desk

The Issue desk staff will continue to hold a regular virtual desk via Zoom for any specific research or library questions you might have.

These one-on-one sessions can be booked via email


Keep an eye on your college email inboxes and our Instagram page (ncad_library) for future updates.

Contact info: or +353-1-636 4357