The Library is at the heart of learning in the institute. And, the library team are waiting for you to connect with them as you engage with them on your learning journey. And, we are delighted to be able to offer you safe access to our full physical collections.
The Library team are very excited to welcome you back for the new Semester; things will be a little bit different in the Library but we are very much here to support you with the study space and personal computer booking facilities, collections on and off-campus, printing & all supports that you need to succeed in your studies this term.
The library is delighted to be able to offer you safe access to our full physical collections and we will rely on everyone to follow the strict guidelines to keep yourselves, your fellow students and our staff safe.
See video HERE on Welcoming Students to the Library from Johanna Archbold, Institute Librarian
Opening Hours: The Library space in the Main Building will be open
Monday – Friday from 9 am – 9.30 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 4.00 pm.
Opening Hours for the full week and the rest of the term can be viewed at the live opening hours feed on the Library homepage: www.library.ait.ie
Seat Spaces in the Library: Staff are most welcome to use the library as a silent individual space for prep or consulting materials. All seats must be booked in advance and the guide to support you with this is HERE via . Alternatively contact the Library desk on [email protected] and we can support with your booking needs.
We would recommend that all students click on the Library home page as soon as they become a student with us in Athlone IT, as it is our belief that the sooner you start to optimise your use of the library, the greater your learning.
So, why not click on the library homepage now where you will learn how to:
Book a Study space.
Search for journal articles, books and more.
How to access e-books, download e-books and what happens when the borrowing period is up.
Learn about the library support functions.
Access Past Examination Papers.
Receive training on how to search for relevant subject matter in a timely fashion.
How to use and search Google Scholar.
Ensure you reference correctly to avoid plagiarism.
Or indeed just chat ‘now’ with the ‘Online Virtual Ask a Librarian’ to assist you, as you study virtually online.
Or watch this brief video on how to access the Library here at AIT and how to use just some of the services remotely (online at home or at work).(See video in File)
Below are just some short videos to assist you navigate your way around the institute.
From Monday 13th September 2021, students must book a study space in the Library online before arriving in the space. Study spaces are socially distanced to support safe study in the Library. Sanitation stations will be in place throughout the Library for cleaning down desks and hand hygiene.
CLICK & COLLECT is a new service from AIT Library supporting access to physical book collections to all staff and students for Semester 1 2021. You can place a hold on a book from the library catalogue (even if it is not out by another user) and collect the item in the Library at the Issue Desk.
You will need your AIT network login credentials to put a library item on hold through your Library record. Once your hold has been confirmed to your email via the Library system, you can pick it up. If you need additional arrangements to collect the item, email [email protected]
What items from the collection are available for the Click & Collect Service? All current loan collections can be requested and the library team will confirm the item(s) availability in advance of collection by email. If the option to put an item on hold is not available through the catalogue, contact us on [email protected] and we will see if it can be made available to you. All items returned to the library will be put in a 72-hour quarantine and then be available for further circulation.
How long will items be held for collection? We will hold the items for 3 days for collection. If you think you will be delayed, please email the library to let us know. If another user is requesting the same book, the item will be released to them.
Where do I go to pick up Click & Collect items? Enter the Library through the new ‘In’ entrance from the Library foyer. The Issue Desk is directly inside the door.
Click on the title of the book that you want to place a hold on. ‘Place hold’ button is on the left-hand side of the screen. You will be prompted to log in when you click on it. You use your student number and the password you use for Moodle or to log into the AIT PCs.
When you log in you will see ‘confirm holds’. You have the option of collecting the item at the Main Library or the Health Science Library, choose the Main Library. Press confirm hold to reserve the book. You will receive an email to your student email when the book is available to collect.
How do I return my books? The Library has a Book Drop Box in the Library foyer for all returned books.
The Book Drop Box is for all returning book items so that they can be placed in quarantine for 72 hours before re-entering circulation for other Library users.The Book Drop Box is located in the Library foyer in the Main Building on AIT campus. All books that are currently on loan can be returned here and will be removed from your account by the Library team. All fines will be cancelled.
Do I need to let you know that I have dropped books back? No, there is no need for any additional contact with the library. Any items left in the Book Drop Box will be cleared from your account.
Are returned items put into quarantine? All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours.