DCU libraries re-open Covid-friendly study spaces

Niamh Quinlan

The library will be open with study spaces available from Monday, March 8 onward.

Students can now reserve a space to study through the library’s new Book A Seat form. Bookings will Open Wednesday, March 3.

The booking form can be accessed here: https://www.dcu.ie/library/book-seat-dcu-library

Both DCU libraries will be available through this service. Students can book a place on the top floor of the Cregan Library on St. Patrick’s campus in Drumcondra, and on the Mentoring Suite and the Lounge of the O’Reilly Library in Glasnevin.

In both libraries, there is a four-hour slot available from 9am until 1pm, and a three-hour slot from 1:30pm until 4:30pm. All DCU registered students may book one slot per day.

Group study will not be permitted in the library, all students must study individually. Face coverings must be worn at all times, and students must adhere to other Covid-19 guidelines.

President of DCUSU, Feaghal Lynch, said in a newsletter to students at the beginning of this week that the SU would “would urge students to book a study space and come onto campus only if it is absolutely necessary”, as the country is still under Level 5 restrictions.

Meeting rooms in the U building in Glasnevin will be open from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, to be used as study spaces also.

Regine Mullen, a third year nursing student said she’s very happy the library will soon be open. “[It] gives students an opportunity to gain access to a quiet, interruption-free study area,” she said. “Often, studying at home, it’s easy to get distracted.”

Róisín Greenan, a third year Social Studies student also agrees. “It’s an easy, distraction-free place to study,” she said. “The library is one of the few things on campus that resembles pre-pandemic college.”

Niamh Quinlan

Image Credit: DCU Library