Using the Library

Opening Hours:

Summer 2024

Monday, 17 June - Friday, 30 August: 09:30 - 16:00 

Monday, 2 September - Friday, 6 September: 09:30 - 17:30 

Term Time hours resume on Monday, 9 September.

Please note that the Edward Murphy Library is closed on Bank Holidays.


Edward Murphy Library, Term Time: 

9.30 - 20.30  Monday to Thursday

9.30 - 19.00 Friday

For more information, please email:

Location: The Edward Murphy Library is located on the 3rd floor of the Granary Building on the NCAD Campus.


NIVAL: National Irish Visual Arts Library

Access to NIVAL is strictly by appointment only. Researchers may visit the Library by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am - 5pm.

For more information see:


NCAD is located  at 100 Thomas St, D08 K521

Library Admission

All NCAD students and staff can access the Edward Murphy Library on an unlimited basis during library opening hours. In order to borrow items, readers must have their current student or staff card. 

For details on other admission categories, view our full Access and ACLID Guide

Discovery Catalogue: 

Books, journals, and online resources can be found through the Library's Discovery Catalogue. If you're new to the Library, please consult our guide to searching here, or speak to the staff at the Issue Desk for further information. 

Open Shelf Browsing: 

Readers are welcome to browse all collections held on the open shelves. These items are available for loan or consultation in the Edward Murphy Library. 

For information on your borrowing entitlement, speak to the EML staff on the Issue Desk. 

Library Holds: 

Some of the EML's collections are held in campus and offsite stores, and need to be requested in advance.

You can place library hold requests by logging into the library catalogue - Discovery Catalogue. You will receive an email when your items are available for collection and you can collect from the main library with your college ID card.

Here is a video tutorial showing how to do this:


How many items can I borrow? 

Reader Category # Duration
Undergraduate Students 10 2 Weeks
Postgraduate Students 15 4 Weeks
CEAD Students (Certified) 10 2 Weeks
NCAD Staff 20 4 Weeks
Creative Futures Academy Professional Diploma 5 2 Weeks
Journals (All Readers) 2 4 Weeks
DVDs (All Readers) 4 1 Week
External Readers (Books) 2 2 Weeks
External Readers (Journals & DVDs) 2 Journals & 4 DVDs 1 Week


How many times can I renew my loans? 

Item Type Number of Renewals
Books 4 Renewals
Journals 1 Renewal
DVDs 1 Renewal 


Library Help 

A series of EML Help vidoes are available on our YouTube channel.

A series of information guides on topics like search strategies, starting research projects, and citation are available for online consultation, along with a series of topic-lead research guides. 

Contact the Edward Murphy Library

Telephone: +353-1-636 4357


The library email account is monitored 9.30am - 17.30pm (Monday to Friday).

For news and updates, check out the EML's Instagram page: @ncad_library