How can the Library help you?

The Library isn’t just somewhere you can get books. It’s somewhere you can do your work on your own or with others, escape sensory overload and get some help with studying. This section of the toolkit will introduce our library and the services it can offer you.


We have specialist library staff who understand autism and want to help you make the most out of your time at DCU. They can help you with finding, choosing and using library resources, amongst many other things.

DCU has two physical libraries, as well as an online catalogue. The Cregan Library is located on the St Pats campus, while O’Reilly is in Glasnevin. Staff are delighted to help any student access the information they need, so always feel free to ask questions. During regular library hours, staff will be located at a reception desk close to the entrance of each library, so you can easily find someone to answer your queries. They offer library tours to help you feel comfortable in the space. Library staff have received training to help them better understand the autistic experience and how to make the library more autism-friendly. They know that learning the rules and procedures of a library can be intimidating for everyone, which is why they are redesigning their website to make things as clear and predictable as possible. They are also happy to talk you through all library procedures, so just ask!

All current registered DCU students automatically have full membership to DCU Library, O’Reilly Library, Glasnevin Campus and Cregan Library, St. Patrick’s Campus. You need your DCU ID card to enter and leave the libraries.

For information on how DCU library is currently operating due to Covid19 guidelines click here

Additional information and links

The Library have provided a number of useful Library guides for students which you can access here.

If you would like to learn about other Quiet and Sensory Spaces across the campuses you can read our post here.

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