Please visit the CIT Library homepage for a full listing of all opening times across all of our various libraries.

Opening times over holiday periods etc.will also be highlighted in the 'Latest News' section on our main homepage.

N.B. Please note that the Library system does not allow patrons to borrow or return items fifteen minutes prior to closing time.

The Library is available to all CIT Staff and Students. However, Corporate, Graduate and External Membership will also be considered. Online application forms are available here.

Retired CIT Staff can also access the library & borrow 5 books for 4 weeks. Please talk to library staff to have your library account updated accordingly.

Leaving Certificate Students and Students from other Colleges are not allowed entry to the CIT library.

All Library Patrons must have a valid ID Card in order to gain entry.

General Lending Books (CIT Bishopstown Campus)

  • 1st year to 3rd year students may borrow 4 general lending books for a period of 2 weeks.
  • 4th year students may borrow 5 general lending books for a period of 2 weeks.
  • Postgraduate students may borrow 6 books for a period of 4 weeks.

* N.B. A penalty point system is in place for the late return of books.


Short Loan Books

These are frequently used books and may only be borrowed for a three day period.

1 short loan item per person at a time.

* N.B. A penalty point system is in place for the late return of short loan books.


Reference Books, Official Publications etc.

These books and publications may not be taken from the library and are strictly for reference purposes only.

To find out which books you currently have on loan, simply bring your ID Card to the issue desk where a member of staff will give you the required details. Alternatively you can check your own borrower record via the library catalogue. In order to access this feature you must have your personal PIN number; staff at the issue desk will issue you with this number. To check the details of your current loans, have this number to hand, along with the number on your library card e.g. RSS1234567 and click on the 'View your own record' option on the library catalogue.

The best way to find the books you need is to use the Online Library Catalogue. This will allow you to search under Author, Title, Keyword, Subject etc. To access the Catalogue, click here. This catalogue can be accessed from within the CIT or from any other computer with internet access. To view the catalogue, simply enter the following web address: http://library.cit.ie

Yes, a library staff member will be happy to show you how to use the catalogue. Just call to the Library Information Desk anytime between 12 and 2.00pm and ask us for help. Alternatively you can access our online catalogue help facility by clicking here.

The library web site offers a large selection of resources to assist all CIT staff and students with their research. This includes several online databases of journals and publications covering a wide range of subject areas. Additionally our web pages also contain a collection of very useful multi-disciplinary web sites.

Yes, our libraries provide an Inter Library Loan (ILL) service for Final Year and Post Graduate students which will provide any books, journals articles etc. that we do not stock or have online access to ourselves. To learn more about our ILL facility, click here:

Students and Staff of CIT can in some instances access other institutions’ libraries.

CIT students can obtain a Reader Card from either of the CIT Deputy Librarians. This Reader card allows students to visit any of the Institute of Technology Partner Libraries. The card is valid for Reader Access Only to the following Institute of Technology Libraries: Athlone Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Institute of Technology Carlow, Cork Institute of Technology, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght, Institute of Technology Tralee.

The Cork PAL Scheme - The major academic, public and special libraries in the Cork region have come together to agree a scheme of shared access to their respective print resources. This scheme (Pathways to Learning – PAL) allows those doing research or study, free of charge managed access to all the main libraries in the Cork region.

This provides CIT staff and students with wider access to libraries in the region, should their research or study require it. It will also allow managed reference access to our own hard copy library resources for members of other libraries. (N.B. Cork PAL is not designed to allow access for ongoing/long term study purposes, rather it gives limited access to libraries’ hard copy resources on a once or twice-off basis). Please click here for further information on this scheme.

Please note that you must abide by the rules of the institution that you are visiting. Please check these before visiting the Library in question.

* All retired staff that have worked in CIT can access the library and borrow 5 books for one month.

* Unfortunately due to copyright & licensing restrictions, retired staff members cannot access online library databases/electronic resources.

* To avail of this service, please talk to library staff at the issue desk and ask for your library account to be updated accordingly.