The safety of library users and staff is the most important thing to the resumption of library services on campus.

There are important changes that you need to be aware of before visiting the campus or the library. Please familiarise yourself with the following.

Please follow national guidelines and restrictions as a priority. You can read the latest news and updates on broader IMI activities relating to COVID-19 here.

This page was last updated on 7 January, 2021.

Brief overview

How to borrow books from the library

Use click-&-collect or contact the library if you want to borrow books.

The library staff will retrieve your book requests and let you know once they are available for collection or delivery. Covid-19 restrictions mean that library staff are not always on campus. Please allow for waiting periods of up to one week for delivery of requests.

Do not come to the library to borrow books unless you have received confirmation from a staff member that the book you want is available for collection.

You can browse the shelves virtually here.

How does click-&-collect work?

  • When you check book's availability click on the 'place hold' option to reserve a copy
  • Alternatively, you can email the library to request a hold
  • You will be notified as soon as the book is available
  • If the book is checked out, you will be added to a queue

Only library staff have access to the book collection for the time being. It is in the in the interest of the health and safety of staff and others on campus that nobody comes to the library to borrow books unless they are scheduled to do so.

How to return books to the library

  • You can return books by post to: Library, Irish Management Institute, Sandyford Road, Dublin 16, D16 X8C3
  • Use the box returns box inside the doors at the main campus reception if you are returning books in-person
  • It is better for our health and safety that staff are not handed book returns
  • There is no need to disinfect books before returning them, this could cause them damage
  • Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they back into circulation

Scan & Deliver

We are trialing a scanning service in response to Covid-19.

You search for a print book and check its availability, a notice display at the top of the page:

A scanning service is available to programme participants for items from the library's print collections. Please submit a request via this form.

Every effort will be made to fulfill requests but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials. The service is operating on a trial basis and is only available to participants on accredited IMI programmes.

Covid-19 restrictions mean that library staff are not always on campus. Please allow for waiting periods of up to one week for delivery of requests.

All scans will be compliant with copyright law. This means that whichever is the greater of one chapter or 10% of a book or one article from a journal can be copied.

How to safely get help from a librarian

  • Emailing is the best way to contact us
  • Research consultations and one-to-one guidance are still available, we just cannot do them in-person on campus
  • Contact the library to arrange a one-to-one virtual session as an alternative (voice or video, whichever you prefer)

Before you come to campus

Visitors intending to stay on campus must complete a declaration form before coming. The library can share this form with you if you intend to reserve a study space.

What to do when you arrive on campus

  • There is a one-way system in operation on campus, entry is via the main reception entrance and exit is via the doors by the knowledge centre and restaurant
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands on entering the building. Your temperature will be taken on arrival by a hands-free device
  • It is IMI policy that all visitors are required to wear a face covering when on campus. Disposable masks are available should you forget your own. If, for whatever reason, you cannot wear a mask then let reception know
  • Hand sanitisers are available in every room and throughout the campus
  • To protect the health and safety of others, avoid lingering or congregating or taking phone calls in the corridors and maintain physical distancing of 2m. Reception may be able to give you a room if you need to make a long business call

Please do not come to the campus if:

  • You are displaying any of the symptoms of COVID-19. HSE information on COVID-19, including a list of symptoms, is available here
  • You have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • You were in close contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (i.e. less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes accumulative in 1 day)
  • If you been advised by the HSE or a doctor to self-isolate or cocoon

If you become unwell or if you display any symptoms while on campus please avoid touching people, surfaces and objects. As soon as possible let a member of staff know, they will then contact the COVID-19 response representative.

Please follow HSE guidelines and, if guidelines change, make your health & safety and the health & safety of IMI staff the priority above any perceived need to come to the library.

Visiting the library

The library has been moved from its regular location so that the library space can be used for physically distanced teaching.

The library is now split between rooms B2 & B3, with one room for study spaces and the other for the book collection.

Library study spaces are available exclusively by appointment

Please respect the health and safety of staff and others and do not come to the library to stay unless we have confirmed your study space reservation

How to book a study space

  • To book a space send an email to
  • Study spaces are available in two slots during the day:
    • Morning: 10.00am-12.00pm
    • Afternoon: 1.00pm-5.30pm
  • Reserve your study space with enough time for your declaration form to be reviewed (3 days in advance)
  • Let us know what time you expect to arrive
  • You do not need to arrive at the start of the timed slot, but you must clear your desk and leave at the end so that the room can be cleaned
  • When you get confirmation that your study space is booked you will be assigned a numbered desk
  • Your appointment information will be temporarily retained for the purpose of contact tracing
  • Additional study spaces may be available via

What to bring with you to the library

You are advised to bring your own computer and stationery. You will not have access to the restaurant. You will not have direct access to printing and photocopying facilities.