Alumni Library Card

When you graduated from UCD, you became part of our global alumni community. You have a lifelong link to our University and can avail of all the advantages and opportunities that this brings, including regular events and reunions on campus.

For an annual fee of just €30.00, you can enjoy access to all of UCD’s Libraries while on campus.

Library Access runs from 1st October to 30th September each year.


€30.00 – Join/Renew Today

a. Login to the Alumni Portal – click here for what you need to continue.

b. Pay via Credit/Debit Card.

c. Upload a photograph – follow these guidelines.

Don’t forget to update your details with us so we can email you a reminder to renew when the time comes. 






After you apply, we will process your registration and you can then collect your card from the UCARD Bureau located in the Newman Building – Arts JK Area – (Outside Theatre L).

If you do not have a photo on record this can be taken at the UCARD Bureau.

If you have any issues, please contact or call us at +353 1 716 1447.









There are a few things to keep in mind while accessing the library…
1.  The James Joyce Library, on Belfield campus, is the only library available for alumni library card access.

2. Alumni are only permitted to use the study spaces on Level 1 (also referred to as Hub 1 and Hub 2).

3. Please note that the space is not available to pre-book, and is only available on a first-come-first-served basis. The seats on the upper floors are for registered UCD students, postgraduates and staff use only.

4. Masks MUST be worn while in the library, even while you are seated.

Reader’s Card

You will receive a Reader’s Card for the James Joyce Library on Belfield campus. The card is valid for the academic year, starting 1st October and expiring 30th September. Limited online access is only available from within the library.

*See important note below.

Campus UCARD

The UCard is multifunctional, it can be used anywhere you see the UCard symbol next to a pay or service point, such as electronic payments for printing and photocopying services. You can topup your UCARD online using a debit/credit card or use one of the topup machines in UCD.

To be eligible to apply for Library Access, you must have completed at least one year at UCD at either undergraduate or graduate level.

* In keeping with other University services, Library access will be issued via a Campus UCARD. The UCARD can be renewed each year by updating the card rather than issuing a new one. The UCARD carries a photograph for identification purposes.

Important Note 1: Your UCARD will be activated for Library access within 1 hour of joining, once approval is granted from the Library.
Important Note 2: You will need to clear any outstanding library loans you have with the Library prior to joining – contact the Library directly on this matter at Or if you have any outstanding College fees, please contact the UCD Student Desk.

Open Access at UCD

The UCD Library has made a number of resources Open Access, meaning they are free to use to anyone on the web. You can access these resources in OneSearch.