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The Library holds an extensive collection of print material.

  • On the ground floor, the Reference Collection holds major reference works (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories) in all disciplines, Irish Government Publications, and key statistical material; a print copy of all DCU Masters is held here, and Ph.D theses are held at the Issue Desk.
  • On the first and second floors, the Library's Main Lending Collection holds the greater part of the library's lending stock and the Periodicals Collection which comprises academic/scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • The Library also provides electronic access to over 8,000 e-books (access via library catalogue). Our Periodicals collection is mainly online, giving access to many thousands of journal articles, A-Z of Journals.
  • DORAS, our institutional Open Access Repository, gives access to online PhD theses from 2008.
  • DVD collection, located in the Short Loan Collection beside Issue Desk, can be borrowed for two days.


The Library's print book collection is located on the ground, first and second floors. All books are listed on the Library's Catalogue. The Library also provides access to over 8,000 e-books. When you search the Library's catalogue if the book is available electronically you will be directed to the e-book version.

Short Loan Collection

Books in the Short Loan Collection are copies of essential and recommended module texts as requested by academic staff. This collection is located on the ground floor in a glassed area to the right as you enter the Library. Books can be borrowed for 48 hours and 3 hours only.

Main Lending Collection

All other books are located in the Library's Main Lending Collection. This collection includes text books but also provides lots of titles which will allow you to read around a specific topic.
The collection is divided between the first and second floors. Main lending books can be borrowed for 1 week or 3 weeks. 1-week books will have a white tape on the spine.  Part-time students may borrow 3-week loan books for 4 weeks.

On the first floor you will find books relating to Business, Education and Humanities. Books relating to Engineering and Science are on the second floor.

The library's collections are classified according to the Dewey Decimal System, which is a hierarchical system which organises all knowledge into 10 broad areas, spanning a range from 000 to 999. The 10 areas are:

  • 000  Generalities - including computing
  • 100  Philosophy, Psychology
  • 200  Religion
  • 300  Social Sciences
  • 400  Language
  • 500  Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • 600  Technology (Applied Sciences)
  • 700  The Arts
  • 800  Literature
  • 900  Geography, History

Engineering books, for example,  will be in the 600 section, Sociology books will be in the 300 section. To find out what specific Dewey numbers relate to your subject area, pick up a library bookmark displayed near the Information Desk.


We now have access to over 8,000 e-books, all of which are searchable via the Catalogue.  When you search the DCU Library catalogue for a book, you will find that an increasing number of records include an "eBook". This means that by clicking on one of the links provided, you can read that book online. 
To search for e-books only, on the results page, click on the e-books link in Collections.

The library also have the following e-book collections that are available for DCU staff and students. The book titles are also available via the library catalogue:-

ACLS Humanities E-Book
History, Art, Women's Studies and other subject areas

Literature Online
Over 6,000 works of poetry, prose and drama

Oxford Reference Online
You will find a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations from 175+ Oxford reference titles, many of which are in-depth, scholarly articles from titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series, plus all 20,000 quotations from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Oxford Scholarship Online - Psychology Collection
Oxford Scholarship Online provides access to 80 full text e-books in the areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive development. It features all titles from the renowned Oxford Psychology Series. Full title list here.

Oxford Scholarship Online - Public Health & Epidemiology Collection
Oxford Scholarship Online provides access to 102 full text e-books in the area of public health & epidemiology which discuss the development and assessment of public health issues that affect a diverse range of populations world wide. Full title list here.

Palgrave Connect - Language and Linguistics Collection
Provides access to 22 e-books and spans a range of subject areas including Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Studies, Language and Globalization, and Pragmatics

Palgrave Connect - Social and Cultural Studies Collection
Provides access to 100 e-books and spans a large range of subject areas including sociology, social policy, social work, criminology, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, education and gender studies.

PsycBooks is the APA's full text e-book collection in the area of psychology. It provides access to 778 books published by APA, including 100 out-of-print books from 1950–2002, 1,027 classic resources in psychology and exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

RSC eBook Collection
Over 900 chemical science e-books published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (1968-2010)

Safari Books Online
Computer Science e-books. Listing of the individual titles (with direct links)

Selected free e-book sites via the Web

  • bookboon.com
    Free online textbooks for students. Covers topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.
  • Corpus of Electronic Text (CELT)
    The online resource for Irish History, Literature and Politics
  • Google Book Search
    Google has joined forces with a number of Libraries and publishers to provide free access to books, if you don't get the entire book, you might get to see a sample chapter or the table of contents.
  • The Online Books Page
    Features links to over 30,000 free books on the web
  • Project Gutenberg
    The Internet's oldest producer of free e-books
  • Universal Digital Library
    Free digitized collection of over 1 million books and other material
  • Women's Writers Online
    Texts by pre-Victorian women writers (1400 to 1850)

Theses Dissertations

DCU Research Theses

The Library receives a print copy of all DCU Masters and Ph.D theses. Online copies (e-theses) are available in DORAS, our institutional Open Access Repository, from 2008.

Print theses are held at the Library Issue Desk and are available for consultation only and may not be borrowed. Older theses are held in store and can be requested at the Library's Information Desk.

DCU Taught Postgraduate Dissertations

Dissertations are available on the open shelves in the Reference area on the ground floor. They are shelved alphabetically by author's surname.

How do I search for theses and dissertations?

DCU print theses and dissertations are listed in the Library catalogue. To find a thesis or dissertation on a particular topic, click on more search options, enter your search term in the "all of these words" option and highlight "theses" in the collections option. This will ensure the catalogue limits your search to the theses and dissertation collection.

To produce a listing of all dissertations from a particular taught masters programme, for example MA in Communication and Cultural Studies, simply type: MA in Communication and Cultural Studies in to the "all of these words" search box, and limit to "theses" collection.

Online DCU theses are available through DORAS. If you search the catalogue for a thesis and it is available online in DORAS, a direct link will be provided.

Irish Theses

British Theses

  • Index to Theses: theses from UK and Ireland universities.
  • EThOS: the British Library's electronic thesis online service offers access to theses from participating institutions. It is currently in beta mode. This means a thesis you order may have to be digitised and in some cases you may have to pay for its digitisation
  • DART-Europe E-theses Portal: 100s of full text theses from 8 British universities

International Theses (English speaking countries)

International Theses (Europe)

  • Europe
    DART-Europe E-theses Portal: over 100,000 full-text theses in English and other languages from universities in 10 continental European countries. Administered by University College London
  • France
    SUDOC: bibliographic information on dissertations/theses produced inn French academic libraries. Use simple or extended search and limit by "dissertation note"
  • Germany
    Dissonlinefull-text access to doctoral and professorial dissertations organised by the German National Library
  • Spain:
    Tesis doctorales: information on doctoral theses. Some full text access. Catalogue also available through the Catalogo general page. Database maintained by Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
    Teseo: information on doctoral theses. Database maintained by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science

The Library holds a large collection of general and subject-specific reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias and yearbooks.  To find them, search by Keyword in the Library Catalogue – e.g. encyclopaedia philosophy or dictionary chemistry. Remember to try alternative spellings (e.g. encyclopedia ,encyclopedias, dictionaries) as this will alter the number of results you get.


Print Dictionaries

These are mainly held in the Reference Area on the ground floor, for use in the library only.  Some language dictionaries may be borrowed from the Short Loan Collection, also on the ground floor.

Online Dictionaries (available to DCU community)

Dictionary of Irish Biography
The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains 9,014 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.

Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is widely acknowledged to be the ultimate authority on the English language. The largest dictionary of any language in the world, it charts the meaning and evolution of over 600,000 words over the last 1500 years.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography tells the stories of over 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in the year 2000.The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography also includes over 10,000 portrait illustrations.

Oxford Music Online
The Oxford Dictionary of Music: 12,500 entries on composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, instruments, works, venues, and a host of other topics. It provides full-text access to:
Grove Music Online: includes The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera , and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
The Oxford Companion to Music: More than 8,000 articles on range of subjects: composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres.

Dictionaries freely available on the web

Japanese <-> English Dictionary Server
Rogets II Thesaurus 
Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary
Wordsmyth: dictionary with an integrated Thesaurus
Digital Dictionaries of South Asia
Grand dictionnaire terminologique : dictionary of terms from industry, commerce and science
Banque de dépannage linguistique: teaching tool for French grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation
BusinessDictionary.com:  definitions of more than 20,000 business terms on a variety of topics, including Accounting & Auditing.
techdictionary.com: online computer dictionary.  Search for thousands of technology terms.
NetLingo.com: tracks new Internet terms and text and chat acronyms.

Print Encylopaedias

Most encyclopaedias are held in the Reference Area, but some are held in the Main Lending Collection and are shelved in the relevant subject area on the first and second floors.

Online Encylopaedias (available to the DCU Community)

Oxford Reference Online
Includes over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas from architecture to zoology. It offers the very best in quick reference information together with authoritative, in-depth articles by world-famous authors.   It also offers excellent functionality, and a wide range of additional material such as maps, illustrations and timelines

Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
REP covers Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy. It includes over 25,000 hot-linked cross-references between articles and new links to other editorially reviewed websites.

Encylopaedias freely available on the web

Encyclopedia Britannica
Columbia Encyclopedia
Information Please
Science and Engineering Encyclopedia

The Library provides access to a vast range of national and international newspapers. Some are held in print in our newspaper area on the first floor. Many are available online via our subscription databases.
To see what newspapers titles we have in print and online, simply search for your title using our A-Z of journals



Print Newspaper Collection

We hold all the major Irish titles including the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Daily Star and the Sunday editions where available. We also subscribe to a number of UK and international titles for example: Le Monde, El Pais, Die Zeit, The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times. Many are held for 3 months with older editions available for some key Irish titles. Older editions of both national and international titles are also available online.

Online Newspaper Collection

We have a number of full-text databases which allow DCU staff and students to search for newspaper articles from Irish and international newspapers.

  • NexisUK
    This database covers 43 Irish newspapers and many European and international news sources in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Click here for a short tutorial and guide.
  • Irish Times Digital Archive
    You can access the most recent 12 months content of the Irish Times online via their website or through NexisUK from 1992. The Irish Times Digital Archive provides access to the archive of the Irish Times covering the period 1859 to about a year ago. Note: you must select 'News: the historical Irish Times ' from the drop down database menu. If you select 'Proquest Newspapers' you will only be searching the Irish Times from 1995 to date.
  • Irish Newspaper Archive
    This database comprises digital image copies of a large number of Irish national and regional newspapers. Click here for a listing of the titles and their coverage. This database is a work in progress and as a result there are some gaps in coverage. Titles include the Irish Independent 1905-2001, Sunday Independent 1906-2002 and the Freeman's Journal 1763-1924.

Newspapers on Microfilm

The Library holds The Irish Times on microfilm from 1965, the Irish Independent from 1999, the Sunday Tribune from 1983-1996 and the Financial Times from 1985-1990. A dedicated room is available beside the newspaper area on the first floor in which there are three microfiche/microfilm readers with laser printers attached. Printing cards may be purchased either from the wall dispensers located beside the photocopiers on the ground and first floors of the Library or from the Issue Desk on the ground floor.

Government publications are documents and information produced by government departments and central government organisations. They include legislation, policy documents, discussion documents, statistics and reports.


Government Publications

Irish Government Publications

Irish government publications are published either by the Stationery Office or by the department or organisation itself. The Library holds an extensive collection of official Irish materials in the Government Publications section in the Reference Collection on the Ground Floor. This material can be found using the Library's Catalogue.

Increasingly, documentation is also being made available through official government department web sites. So for example if you were looking for the 2007 Energy white paper you would find it on the web from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources website.

EU and other official publications

Similar profiles of documentation are produced in other countries. Official international organisations such as the European Union, the OECD, the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation also produce a wealth of legal, economic, statistical and administrative material, much of which is available on the web.

The Library does not keep a comprehensive collection of EU documentation. Much of what we do keep, including most Eurostat publications, is available only up to the mid-1990s. However, we do hold current runs of Eurostat's Data for short term economic analysis from 1982 to date and the Commission's European economy series.

The European Union's website provides extensive information about the EU.

NB: we provide full access to EU legislation and case law through the LexisNexis database.