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MIE Library

How to use the Library, FAQs and Library policies

Borrowing items from the Library

To borrow books bring them with your student card to the Library desk. 

Watch the 90 second video below or find step-by step instructions for borrowing books underneath.

How to borrow books from MIE Library step-by-step instructions

1. Find the Library Catalogue online by going to the Library homepage from any computer/device and clicking on 'Print Catalogue.'

Search it by entering keywords for a basic search, or you can search within specific collections by selecting advanced search from the drop-down menu:

2. Click on the title and you’ll see its availability and location code. If the book is available, take down the location code which will be made up of Collection (i.e. SL for short-loan or LL for long-loan, JFP for Junior Fiction Picture book etc., a number and some letters (the first three letters of the Author’s surname). You’ll need all of that information to find the book on the shelf. An example location code is LL 301.072/MCN. If it’s not available you can reserve a copy.

3. If your item is a normal long-loan book, go to the aisle in the Library with the range of numbers which contains the shelf-mark number you want (if not then look for signs in the Library for Junior Fiction, Short-loans, etc).

4. Break down the location code – first search for the number before the point. When you’ve found books that have that number then search along the shelf (and down to the next shelf) until you find books which have your whole number. Lastly within those books which have the matching number you must keep going along the shelf until you find the same letters too.

5. When you find the book, bring it to the desk with your student card. You will need your card to borrow books. 


Students of MIE are automatically registered as Library members and can use their student card to borrow items from the Library. New staff-members can call-in to the Library with their staff-card and get set-up in a few minutes. 

Loan Allowances

Category of Borrower Standard Loan Short Loan
Undergraduate students

6 items (14 days)

1 renewal

2 items (7 days)

no renewal

Postgraduate students

8 items (14 days)

1 renewal 

2 items (7 days)

no renewal

Students with Special Borrowing Privileges

8 items (21 days)

2 renewals

2 items (7 days)

no renewal

School Placement

12 items for the duration of School placement

1 renewal

Maximum of 2 Big Books

2 items (7 days)

no renewal

Staff 12 items (90 days) 2 items (7 days)


Graduate borrowers

Alumni/graduate borrowers of MIE may join the Library upon payment of an annual fee (currently €100) which can be paid quarterly on the following dates:

Sept 1st (access until end of November)
Dec 1st (access until end of February)
March 1st (access until end of May)
June 1st (access until end of August)


Please note that graduate borrowers do not have access to online resources.  

Borrowing Rules

Use your student/staff ID card to borrow items at the Issue desk of the Library. The standard loan period is two weeks. You can see different loan types in the Collections and Resources page.

Students registered with Disability Service are entitled to special borrowing privileges which include extra loans and longer loan periods.

B.Ed and PME Students may avail of extra loans for the duration of School Placement - the Library determines the duration and start dates of this extra allowance. Ask at the desk or follow our social media channels to find out more. 

Visitors may not borrow Library material.

Fines are payable on all items which are overdue. See the Library Policies page for details of applicable fines.

Please note that all library material on loan may be recalled at any time which may require an item to be returned to the Library before the original due date.

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