Alumni Library Card

Due to reduced staff numbers on site, the introduction of various new services to offset the challenges posed by COVID-19, and the significant reduction in capacity of library facilities due to social distancing, we are not in a position to admit alumni or external readers at this time. As circumstances improve, and at such time that the Dublin area returns to Level 1 of the government’s emergency response framework, we will reevaluate this constraint with a view toward broadening access.

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 – Please note that UCD libraries are currently closed to alumni until further notice. We cannot offer online remote library access.Join/Renew Today

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

b. Pay via Credit/Debit Card or UCARD.

c. Upload a photograph – follow these guidelines.

Don’t forget to update your address, as this is where your UCARD will be posted, and also update your email address to receive notice of your renewal.


Office Hours
9.30am-12.30pm, Monday to Friday.

UCD Alumni Relations, Room 102 Tierney Building, Belfield, Dublin 4.

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.


Download and print the registration form (pdf).

Send completed form with photo to UCD Alumni Relations, Room 102, Tierney Building, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Reader’s Card

You will receive a Reader’s Card for all UCD’s libraries. 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.