Student ID cards are required for borrowing. The number on this card is also your Verification (PIN) code, which is required for access to My Library Card. You can change your Verification (PIN) code via My Library Card. Lost cards must be reported immediately - students of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth report to the Registrar's Office and students of St Patrick's College, Maynooth report to the Theology Office. Cards are non-transferable and students are responsible for all items borrowed on their cards.
You can borrow at the self-service borrowing machine located on level 0, level 1 and level 2. There is a guide on how to use the service beside the machine. You can also borrow at the Information Desk. Note that self-service is available during all the hours the Library is open. An intercom system alerts users to closing times.
Self-service laptops are also available for borrowing by all students; they may be taken from the cabinet on level 0 and returned after use for recharging.
Borrowed material may be returned at the self-service machines on the level 0. Items on which a hold has been placed by another borrower must be returned at the Information Desk.
Outside library opening hours material may be placed in the returns slot to the left of the library front door. Items placed here will be cleared from the borrower account the following working morning. Items returned after service hours on Saturday will be returned on Monday morning.
In order to ensure that as many library users as possible have access to library material, users are encouraged to return items on time. All library material on loan may be recalled by the Library at any time. Please note that you may be required to return the item sooner than the original due date. If the item is not returned on the revised due date, it becomes overdue and a fine will apply. You will not be able to borrow or renew books if you have overdues or outstanding fines exceeding €5. The Library will send you an overdue notice via your university e-mail address.
From December 2018, fines will not be charged on overdue Standard Loans nor on overdue Week Loans unless they are requested/recalled and then not returned after the new due date.
After the new due date, a daily fine will be charged at the following rate:
- Week Loans - €2.00 per day on overdue recalled items
- Standard Loans - €1.00 per day
- Day Loans - €2.00 per day
If you fail to return any overdue items they will be “Declared Lost” upon the issue of a third and final overdue notice and a replacement copy charge of €70.00 will be applied to the borrower account.
Standard loans that are not requested by another library user, may be renewed three times by all borrowers. Week Loans and Day Loans cannot be renewed.
You can place a request on Standard Loans and Week Loans that are on loan to other library users. When all Standard Loans or Week Loans are on loan, an option to request them will appear on the record. Day loans cannot be requested. You will be notified via your University e-mail account when the requested item becomes available. It will be held for you for three days at the Information Desk.