Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

You are here Using the Library > Borrowing & Renewing > Loan Types

Loan Types

General Lending

  • Undergraduate students may borrow up to 10 items from General Lending
  • Postgraduate students and staff may borrow up to 50 items from General Lending
  • Books are issued for an initial period of four weeks for undergraduates and 12 weeks for postgraduates and staff, unless the book is required by other readers
  • Books may be renewed up to five times by undergraduates and once by postgraduates and staff, unless the book is required by other readers
  • Items must be returned to the book-drop or self-service return kiosk of the Library from where they were borrowed. Returns are not currently being accepted at Service Counters


  • No prefix, simply the shelfmark (for example, 370.9415 N33;3)
  • ARTS (for example, ARTS 309.1415 N36)
  • LEN in the BLU Libraries
  • HIB in the Ussher Library
  • MUS LEN in the Ussher Library
  • P-MUS LEN in the Ussher Library
  • S-LEN in the Hamilton Library
  • SJ in the John Stearne Medical Library
  • SJR in the John Stearne Medical Library


Most DVDs are currently General Lending items, and count as part of the General Lending allowance.

Consultation Only

These items are for consultation only and cannot be borrowed by any reader. Some material is available directly from reading rooms, some is in storage.

Items on the shelves with the prefixes REF or BIB, Irish Archival copies, journals (prefixes PER, SER) and theses (prefix THESIS) are always for consultation only.

Early Printed Books and Special Collections

Manuscripts and Archives Research Library Collections

These items cannot be borrowed, and may only be consulted in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library.