UCD Library & UCD exams…what you need to know

UCD Library and UCD Exams

It’s almost that time of the year again…UCD exams!

As we are now at the end of Revision Week, we would like you to know a few things.

NEW** Additional Study Space!

Extra space is available for study MONDAY through SATURDAY from now through the exams period. All times are 08.00 – 21.50 and all are in Rooms H2.38 (Sci Hub) & E2.16 (Sci East) in the O’Brien Centre for Science.



As we all know all of our libraries will be very busy from now until Christmas, with students coming in to study for exams seven days a week. Here is a reminder, a few tips, and some information from all of us here in UCD Library.


Library Opening Hours

We are currently open longer in the run-up to exams, with the James Joyce Library open from 7am – 12 midnight Monday-Friday.

See our full timetable for the opening times for all of our locations.


holly-2957539_1280Christmas holiday closure info

The James Joyce Library will close at 4.00pm on Monday, 23 December. All other UCD Library locations will close at 1.00pm.

All libraries will reopen on Thursday, 2 January 2020 (JJL at 8.30am).



Please don’t be a space hog!

As always at this time of year, study spaces in all five UCD Library locations are already at a premium. Spare a thought for your fellow students who are actively looking for somewhere to sit. If you’re leaving the library for any length of time please take your things and free up the space.

Once again we are running our “Space Hog” campaign. Look for our tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts and our website homepage for more throughout the exams period.


Be sure to stay hydrated, drink lots of water and have a tea or coffee while you study.

recycle-29227_640Hot and cold (non-alcoholic!) drinks in reusable, securely-sealed containers are allowed, but please do not bring disposable coffee cups into our libraries!**NoCoffeeCup

**Please familiarise yourself with our Library regulations and policies

Some study tips

Remember to take frequent breaks, stretch your legs and eat properly! Look out for more tips for staying healthy throughout this period on our various social media channels. Follow @HealthyUCD on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for more tips too. https://www.ucd.ie/healthyucd/


Feeling lost in the Library? Be sure to use our Explore interactive floor plans to find subjects and places in all five UCD libraries.

A variety of study spaces in James Joyce Library

A reminder that there are many different student study spaces in the James Joyce Library, including group and individual spaces like Links 1 and 2 on the ground floor and ‘Link 4’ and ‘The Pod’ on Level 2.


Link 4 is a glass-walled room situated on Level 2 near the Law collection on the lake-side of the Library.  This space is for group or individual study and also boasts 18 power sockets for your devices.

The Pod‘ is an enclosed space that seats between 3-8 students for collaborative study, and also includes power sockets. This space is also located on Level 2, near the exhibition area. See our study spaces web page for more details.

Learning support for all students

Don’t forget to visit the UCD Maths Support Centre and the UCD Writing Centre, both located on the ground floor in the James Joyce Library. The tutors are very knowledgeable and can help you prepare for your exams. Please avail of their services before Friday, 6th December.

Health & Wellbeing Book Collection

Have you browsed our extensive health and wellbeing book collection? This vast array of titles on subjects such as stress reduction, cooking and eating properly, mindfulness, coping with depression and more is available to all UCD students in the James Joyce, Health Sciences and UCD Blackrock libraries.

See our online guide to the collection, and browse the bookshelves today. There’s something for everyone!


Be sure to ask Library staff if you have any queries during the next few weeks. Check back to this post for further updates throughout the exams period.

Thank you, and the best of luck with the studying!

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