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Visiting Other Libraries

Letters of Introduction (All Staff and Students)

These are available to all members of Trinity College Dublin to aid admission to any library by contacting However, the Library of Trinity College Dublin cannot guarantee acceptance by the other institution.

Letters of introduction can only be used to consult individual, identified, resources not currently available in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

ALCID Cards (Academic Staff and Postgraduate Students)

An ALCID (Academic Libraries Co-operating In IrelanD) card enables access to the collections of participating libraries, but without borrowing rights, and subject to their rules and regulations.

ALCID member institutions:

  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Art and Design
  • NUI Galway
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Ulster University
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick

ALCID cards are available for:

  • Full-time academic staff
  • Academic-related staff
  • Retired staff from the above categories
  • Registered students reading for higher degrees

Current Staff and Students ALCID Application

Retired Staff ALCID Application

To obtain and use an ALCID card:

  • Complete the relevant online form above
  • You will receive an e-mail when your ALCID card is ready to be collected from the Service Counter in the Library (former Berkeley Library)
  • Carry your Trinity College Dublin ID card at all times, along with your ALCID card, when visiting other libraries
  • Be familiar with regulations that apply in each library you visit