ALCID cooperative access scheme

What is ALCID?

ALCID is a co-operative access scheme in operation across a number of institutions. 

The ALCID membership card gives access to the card holder to the participating libraries across the Island of Ireland. 

All full-time academic staff, doctoral and masters (research & taught) students  can avail of the ALCID scheme

Participating institutions 2023/24:

  • Dublin City University
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Maynooth University
  • Queen’s University Belfast 
  • RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Royal Irish Academy
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University College, Cork
  • University College, Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • University of Galway
  • Ulster University
  • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 
  • National College of Art & Design

The application process and distribution of ALCID cards is managed by each institution for their own staff and students and applications are made via home institution libraries.. Membership of the ALCID scheme is for one year, commencing in October. The administration of the scheme rotates among participating institutions and is currently being managed by DCU.

Member Spotlight

University of Galway Library

The University of Galway Library is named after James Hardiman, born in 1782, noted antiquarian and author of the standard history of Galway and other works and first Librarian of the College (1849-1855).

The Library is commencing a €39million redevelopment project to regenerate and transform the existing Library building into a state-of-the-art Library and Learning Commons. The transformed Library will be a technology-rich environment where students can collaborate, communicate and learn in an interactive fashion. The first phase of construction is expected to start in 2022.