Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Library Open Wed, Dec 22

The Library is open for business from 9am-1pm today (Wednesday). We are closed from tomorrow and reopen on Jan 4, 2011.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Library Closed Due to Weather

The Library has closed for today (Tuesday, Dec 21) due to the continued bad weather. Please check the College website as regards opening tomorrow (Wednesday).

Monday, December 20, 2010

National Archive of Irish Composers

High quality digital copies of sheet music dating from the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth century are now available for open access on the recently launched National Archive of Irish Composers (

The resource aims to make the pieces widely available while preserving the valuable source materials held in the National Library of Ireland's collections. The project has drawn on expertise from librarianship to historical music research and performance, partnered with cutting-edge digital technology.

At present over fifty pieces of historical piano music using Irish airs can be downloaded from the site, the majority of which were composed by Irish or visiting composers of the time, along with complementary audio and video files.

The National Archive of Irish Composers consortium comprises the National Library of Ireland, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT Digital Media Centre and Heritage Music Productions Ltd.

Christmas Opening Hours

The Library is open for the following hours this week:

Mon, Dec 20: 9am-5pm
Tue, Dec 21: 9am-5pm
Wed, Dec22: 9am-1pm

We are closed from Thursday, Dec 23 until Monday, Jan 3 inclusive.

The Library re-opens on Tuesday, Jan 4th for full term-time hours. We also have extended hours on Friday and Saturday of that study week (Jan 7 & 8) when will open until 10pm and 5pm respectively.

See our full opening hours on our website.

We wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our users, see you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Library Closed This Saturday

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Library will be closed this Saturday, December 18. We will reopen at 9am on Monday, December 20.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our users.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Get a Short Loan for Christmas!

From 9am this Wednesday (Dec 15) all of our 24hr Loan items will be issuing until Wednesday, January 5.

Please note that we are unable to renew short loan items, so any students not intending to return to campus during study week (Jan 4-8) should ensure they return 24hr loans before the due date.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Library System Unavailable Dec 11

Due to work being carried out on the College network, the Library Management System (Talis) will be unavailable on Saturday, December 11 from 11.00am to 12.30am approximately.

Basic issuing of books will still be possible in these hours but some services such as renewals and reservations will not be available from the Issue Desk. The Catalogue will also be unavailable for those on-campus, so make sure to get in early and do your searching before the work starts! We are open for our usual Saturday hours of 10am-1pm.

Apologies for any inconvenience to our users at this busy time.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Trial Access to Education Resource

Up until the Christmas break we have obtained trial access to British Education Index, an independent subject and author index of the contents of significant education journals published in the UK since 1975. The resource is hosted for us via Dialogue's Data Star resource at

The index contains bibliographic details of over 150,000 articles from education-related journals as well as conference papers, research reports and electronic texts.

While it does not contain full text versions of articles, the index acts as a useful filter for those researching specialised areas within education and looking for articles and publications relevant to their study. Article or journal references returned by the index may of course be available via one of our online journal databases or, failing that, by inter-library loan.

To access the resource you will require our trial login which can be obtained simply by contacting the Information Desk ( Once you've entered your login details just enter BREI in the database field and click 'select' and you're on your way!

We'd be glad to hear any comments you have regarding the resource.

Monday, December 6, 2010

2009/10 Exam Papers Available

Exam papers for the 2009-10 academic year (along with previous years) are now available in most subjects for students to read or print from the Exam Papers section of our website.

If there are papers missing for your subjects in particular years it may be because the department concerned regard certain papers as not relevant or suitable for reference.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Library Closed until Dec 6

Due to the adverse weather conditions the Library will close today at 6pm and will not reopen until 1pm tomorrow (Thursday, Dec 2).
**UPDATE 2/11/2010: The Library will not reopen until Monday, Dec 6th due to continued bad weather.

Library Closed Dec 8th

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, December 8th for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.