Access and ALCID Guide

 Visiting the Edward Murphy Library 

Reader Category Access 
NCAD Students & Staff Unlimited access within EML opening hours.
NCAD  Graduates Must sign in at the issue desk and can use the library for reference & study. Maximum five visits per month.
External Undergradutes You must bring a letter from your college library requesting access and hand it in at issue desk on arrival. Letters must specify the date of the visit and new letter is required for each visit.
External Postgraduates and Staff Postgraduate students and staff from participating instiutions can access the EML through the ALCID scheme. Other postgraduate students and third-level staff should contact the Issue Desk for further information.
External Membership An external membership scheme is available. See the 'Externals' tab for further information.
Public Public access is only by prior arrangement with the issue desk and only after 4.30 pm during term time.  Visitors must sign in at the issue desk on arrival. Maximum of five visits over any four-week period. Maximum 30 visits over 12 months.
Please note that access for visitors will only be granted for purposes of research involving use of the library collection. We cannot facilitate access for facilities only.


NCAD Library is a member of the ALCID scheme, which is a co-operative access agreement between Irish academic libraries. The scheme allows access to the collections of participating libraries on production of an ALCID membership card. The card is available to full-time academics, academic-related staff and registered students reading for taught or research Masters and Doctoral degrees. It is not available to undergraduates or students studying for a postgraduate diploma. 

An ALCID card entitles the bearer to read-only access to participant libraries - ie you cannot borrow materials from them.

To obtain an ALCID card, please call to the Issue Desk with your Student / Staff ID card, or email

Please note:

Membership of the ALCID scheme is for one year, commencing in October. You must have your NCAD Student ID card with you as well as your ALCID card when you visit another library.

When you visit another library, you will be subject to the regulations of that library. Check library websites for opening hours.

The colleges in the scheme include:

  • Dublin City University
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Maynooth University
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University College, Cork
  • University College, Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • University of Ulster
  • Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies 
  • National College of Art & Design

External Membership

Former students or those with no previous connection to NCAD are welcome to join the library as external members. Readers in this category are entitled to borrow 2 books for 4 weeks; 4 DVDs for 1 week, and 2 journal issues for 1 week.

Alumni Readers: 

€75 for 12 months (6 month membership is also available)

Non-Alumni Readers: 

€120 for 12 months or €60 for 6 months.

Non-accredited CEAD students:


If you are interested in joining, please contact