FAQ

The library is open from 08:30-18:00, Monday to Friday.

The library is available to programme participants and staff. Employees of corporate members can register for access here. The library is not open to the public. Postgraduate students (doctoral and masters) at universities in the Republic of Ireland with genuine scholarly needs who wish to visit the library must request to do so in writing in advance of any visit and will be only considered on the condition that their research is not for profit or part of their work.

For the most part, yes, you can access the electronic resources (e.g. e-books, journals databases) off-campus 24/7. All you need is your username and password.

E-mail:knowledge@imi.ie  Phone: +353 1 207 8513 +353 1 207 8514

IMI Delegate. Ask at the desk for the password.

Drinks are permitted in the library. Please be careful and use a lid on cups. Be considerate of others. You must clear your workspace of any rubbish.

Print and electronic books will appear in a library search. You can search by author, title, keyword, subject or ISBN and refine your results by selecting Book / eBook. You can also limit your results in an advanced search to only include items at the library. Alternatively, you can access the book catalogue directly.

You can borrow up to 4 books for a period of 4 weeks. Masters students may borrow 6 books at a time. You can renew a book up to 5 times, provided no other user has requested that book in the meantime. In this instance the book must be returned immediately. E-books are acquired by the library under licensing agreements that can limit how many patrons can read a title simultaneously; it is usually either 1, 3 or unlimited.

You can read e-books in your browser or you can download them. Downloaded e-books are borrowed. You will not have perpetual access to the e-book, the file will eventually become inaccessible. Borrowing periods are shorter for e-books, usually no longer than 2 weeks. You will need Adobe Digital Editions to read borrowed e-books. You will prompted to create an account with Adobe. You should consider this if you want to read borrowed e-books across multiple devices. You will need to the EBSCO Audiobook app to listen to e-audio books.

You can tell whether or not a book is on the shelf because it will either be listed as available or checked out. We group books on similar subjects together. So, if you find one book that closely matches what you are looking for, you will likely find others next to it on the shelf that fit with your research/topic. If you have searched the system for a book you need to take note of its call number. Because all books are arranged by topic every book on a topic will have an identical call number, e.g. marketing is 658.8. The call number is a classification code, it tells you where your book and others like it are in the library. The call number is printed on the spine of every book. Call numbers run in sequence, e.g. 001.9 comes before 658.007.1, which comes before 658.012.02 etc. 658.007.1 is the classification code for leadership. A book with the call number 658.007.1 ADA is a book on leadership written by somebody whose surname starts with the letters “Ada”. Titles are organised alphabetically by the author’s surname within a subject range, e.g. so 658.007.1 ADA will come before 658.007.1 BYR etc.

No. It is best that you leave the books on the cart at the centre of the room or leave them at the staff desk.

These are for consultation within the library only. They are distinguished by a yellow sticker on the spine and are shelved near the staff desk. We try to have non-circulating copies of the most frequently borrowed titles.

Dissertations will appear in your normal search results and you can refine your results to only display dissertations. You can further refine your results to only display dissertations submitted to IMI that held for consultation in the library. These dissertations are available on request and cannot be reproduced, photographed or copied in any way. You can expand your range and consult external databases to access dissertations and theses submitted to other institutions.

  • Rian, for example, harvests the contents of the institutional repositories of Irish university libraries and other institutions.
  • ETHoS (Electronic Theses Online Service) from the British Library
  • DART-Europe E-theses Portal
  • Trove (National Library of Australia)
  • Theses Canada (Library and Archives Canada
  • nzresearch.org.nz

You can suggest books for purchase. There is an inter-library loan service available. This means that we can request books and journal articles from another library on your behalf. Inter-library loans cost €6.00. Read more…

You will receive a due date reminder email before the item is due back. A link to renew your books will be provided in this email. Alternatively, you can renew your book using the Renew my books icon in our Quick Links. You can also contact us by phone or by e-mail. 

When you find a book in Summon, click on the icon with three horizontal dots. Here you will see a drop-down menu with the option to ‘Place Hold’. Once the book is available, you will receive an email ‘Hold Available for Pickup from IMI Library’. We will hold the book for three working days before it is released to the next borrower. If you are unable to collect the book in person, you can ask for the book to be posted. Include a postal address (this service is only applicable to Ireland).

You can return your books at the library desk or the drop box outside the library. If the campus is closed try the main reception desk. If you cannot return checkouts in person you can return them to the library by post. The library does not cover return postal expenses.

Contact the library as soon as possible to let us know. If you cannot locate the item our preference is for a first-hand replacement copy of the same edition. The alternative is a standard replacement fee of €60. A direct replacement is the only option where the cost of the lost book exceeds €60. If the lost edition is out of print, we will accept a copy of the latest version.

Printing and photocopying are available to library users free of charge. Remote printing, colour options and requests for printing or copying on your behalf are not part of the service.

IMI has a licence which allows staff/students “to copy extracts from published works in which copyright subsists” but “not in connection with any commercial activity” and within the following limitations: you may copy up to 10% of a work or a chapter, or 1 article in an issue of a journal. Please read the notices relating to copyright displayed near the photocopier in the library. You can also read the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 for further details.