Borrowing & Renewing

All you need to know about borrowing from the Library Information Resource Centre.

All IT Tralee students and staff automatically become members of the Library Information Resource Centre.  Your T Card is also your Library  membership card and you need it to borrow items from the library.

Students can borrow a combined total of 10 items from the item types below (for example 8 Standard Loan + 2 Short Loan).

Patron Type Item Type Items Length of Loan
Full-time Standard Loan 10 1 week
Part-time Standard Loan 10 2 weeks
Postgraduate standard Loan 10 2 weeks
All Students Short Loan 2 2 hours
All Students One Day 10 1 Day
All Students Fiction 10 2 weeks
All Students Theses 1 2 hours
All Students Course Reserves 2 2 hours
Reference material, Final Year Projects, Journals and Official Publications cannot be checked out, but they are freely available for reading in the Library.

The Library Information Resource Centre has a small number of Laptops available for borrowing.  They can be borrowed for up to 2 hours and are for  in-library use only.  There is no charge to borrow a laptop but you will be fined for late returned or damaged laptops.

You are responsible for all items you borrow until they are returned to the Library Information Resource Centre.

Click here to find out more about Library Information Resource Centre Collections.

Staff can borrow a combined total of 10 items from the item types below (for example 8 Standard Loan + 2 Short Loan).

Item Type Items Length of Loan
Standard Loan 10 4 weeks
Short Loan 2 2 hours
Journals 10 2 weeks
One Day 10 1 day
Fiction 10 2 weeks
Theses 1 2 hours days
Reference material, Final Year Projects and Official Publications cannot be checked out, but they are freely available for reading in the Library Information Resource Centre.

The Library Information Resource Centre has a small number of Laptops available for borrowing. They are for  in-library use only and can be borrowed for up to 2 hours.

Click here to find out more about Library Information Resource Centre collections.

External borrowers can borrow 2 items from the Main collection. Your loans will renew automatically twice unless:

  • you have items more than 3 days overdue.
  • another user has placed a hold on an item.
  • you have fines of €5 or more on your library account.

We will email you a number of days before the item is due back or to let you know another user has requested an item you have on loan.

Reference material, Final Year Projects, Journals and Official Publications cannot be checked out, but are freely available for reading in the Library Information Resource Centre.

You are responsible for all items you borrow until they are returned to the Library Information Resource Centre.

Click here to find out more about Library Information Resource Centre collections.

  • When you have found a book you want to borrow, take it to one of the self-service machines.
  • Scan your T Card in the machine.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

Click here to find out more about self-service in the library .
Alternatively, you can bring the books, with your T Card to the Information Desk and staff will check them out to you.

  • Use the Library Catalogue to search for the book and check availability.
  • If the book is available, make a note of the location and call number – you will need this information to find the book on the shelves (an example call number is: 658.406 BRI).
  • Go to the shelves and find the book

Click here to see more information on library collections and locations.

If you are having difficulty finding a book, please ask at the Information Desk, staff will be happy to help you.

You do not need your T Card to return items to the Library Information Resource Centre.  To return an item to the library, simply place it in one of the return drop boxes. The drop boxes are emptied regularly by library staff and are located at:

  • North Campus: outside the library entrance & beside the Library Service Desk.
  • South Campus: outside the entrance to the Reading Room.

Alternatively, you can return items directly to staff at the Information Desk.

Your loans will renew automatically six times unless:

  • you have items more than 3 days overdue.
  • another user has placed a hold on an item.
  • you have fines of €5 or more on your library account.

Please note, if you are external borrower you will get two automatic renewals.

We will email you a number of days before the maximum number of automatic renewals has been reached or to let you know another user has requested an item you have on loan.

You can check your loans, due dates and requests by logging into your My Library account.

Items on Short Loan, Course Reserve and One Day Loan items do not automatically renew.  Students who return these items late will be charged overdue fines.

You can place a hold (or request) on Standard loan items if all copies are checked out.

  • Find the item in the Library Catalogue.
  • Click on the title.
  • Check if there is a Short Loan copy with a status of “Available”.
  • If no, click on “Place hold” under the “Browse results” box to the left of the page.
  • If yes, ask staff at the Information Desk to request the item for you.

When the item is returned it will be held for you at the Information Desk for 3 days. We will email you when the item is ready for collection. If you don’t collect the item in the 3 days, it will be passed to the next person in the queue or returned to the library shelves.

We may be able to borrow the book from another library for you. For more information, including charges, please visit our Inter-Library Loans page.

Students who do not return an item on or before it’s due date will be charged an overdue fine.

Item Type Fine
Standard 50c per item per day up to a maximum of €30
Short Loan, Course Reserves & Laptops 50c per item per hour
  • You will not be able to borrow if you have fines of €5 or more on your account.
  • If you have fines of €30 or more, your computer account will be suspended until the items are returned and the fines paid.
  • If you have a Short Loan item overdue by more than 3 days, your computer account will be suspended until the item is returned and the fines paid.
  • Items that are Long Overdue are assumed lost and you will be charged a replacement cost.
  • Unpaid fines at the end of the academic year will be carried into the next year.

Why does the library charge fines?
Fines are charged to help make sure that all our users have equal and fair access to the library resources they need, when they need them.

How to avoid library fines

  • Check the “your fines” page in your My Library account often.
  • Check your college email for library notifications regularly: we will let you know when items are due back because they have reached the maximum number of renewals or another user has requested them.
  • We will email you as soon as an item is late. Return it as soon as possible to avoid more fines.

Where and how to pay fines
You can pay your fines in person at the Information Desk. Fines are payable in cash only.

Final Year Students
Before the end of your final year of study,  you should check your My Library accounts and:

  • return all items
  • pay any outstanding fines

You will not be able to view your exam results online if you have outstanding loans or fines at the end of the academic year.

To view your loans, due dates, fines and other information about your account, login to My Library using your T Card number and Computer Services password.
If you need a book that is in storage (South Campus Store B115), please let staff at the Information Desk know. They will arrange to have the item taken out of storage for you. We will email you when the item is ready for you to collect.

Please ask staff at the Library Service Desk, they will arrange to have the item brought to your campus library for you.   We will email you when the item is ready for you to collect.

Please contact us as soon as possible. You may be asked to pay a replacement cost.  This will appear as a fine on your library account.  Please note that we are not always able to accept replacement copies so please do not order one before contacting us.