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AIT Library Response to COVID-19

This Guide brings together all of AIT Library's information on remote and onsite services during Covid-19 for staff & students.

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AIT Library Semester one spaces, services, collectionsAIT Library looks forward to welcoming students & staff back into our physical spaces for Semester 1 2020 from 9am on Monday 14th September. New measures will be in place in the Library space to support COVID-19 safety measures and to ensure that all users feel comfortable in our spaces. 


  • All Library Users will be required to wear a face-covering when in Library spaces and adhere to AIT COVID-19 safety precautions while on AIT Campus. Full details here: 

  • Staff, students or visitors experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit Library spaces. Sanitation Stations outside and throughout Library spaces should be used regularly and properly to ensure the safety of all Library Users and Staff. 

  • Library users will enter through a new door from the Library foyer with a one-way system in place within the Library.

  • Library users will need their student or staff card to enter and exit the Library space to monitor numbers and facilitate contact tracing - data maintained for 4 weeks, student number only. The Library may accommodate external visitors on a case-by-case basis; all visitors must email in advance, adhere to all safety protocols in place, provide contact details and bring photo ID to be photocopied which will be securely stored for 4 weeks for the purposes of contact tracing.

  • Sanitation Stations will be available to students outside and within the Library spaces for study desk and hand hygiene. 

  • Students will be required to book study spaces in advance of arriving at the Library. This system is a pilot, and will be reviewed with student feedback. Students can book their spaces online, 30 minutes slots with a max of 4 hours across the day. Students can contact the Library if the need additional time Booking system will be available on Monday 14th September and all students will be emailed with the instructions and web links.

  • Students will be required to reserve PCs, with PCs moved to the back of the main space as well as additional PCs in IT 1 on Level 1 above the Library. In the first instance students will need to come into the Library to book or contact New online booking system will be available shortly. 

  • Students can only return books to the 'Book Drop Box' outside the Library and all items will be quarantined for 72 hours. 

  • Library opening hours from Wednesday 16th September will be 9am-9.30pm Mon-Thur; 9am-5pm Fri and from Saturday 26th September 9am-4pm. For Monday 14th September and Tuesday 15th September, the Library will be open from 9am-5pm.

  • For the Library Print Room and the new Nursing Collection area, a maximum of 4 students can be in the space at a time. 

  • NEW Live Chat with your Library Team will be available on the Library website & within the Library pages on Moodle from Monday 14th September. Live Chat is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. 

  • NEW Click & Collect service for all physical collections is available.

Further details on all services, safety measures and access arrangements will be provided shortly.

Follow AIT on TwitterFacebook & Instagram for the latest updates.Wear a mask or face covering, bring your student card and scan for entry and exit, one way - follow the one-way system in library spaces, book your (socially distanced) computer space, book onsite or via Chat, new online booking coming soon, New live chat with your librarians from Monday 14th September, use sanitation stations for study spaces and hand-hygiene, book your (socially distanced) study space, online booking starting Monday 14th September, Talk to the Library Team for support at the Issue Desk, Full Book collections accessible onsite and e-books online, Book drop box - return all books to the book drop box in the library foyer for 72 hour quarantine, library live sessions - new schedule of onsite and online information skills sessions.  Got feedback on the library's semester 1 plans?  We want to hear from you!

* Original Guide structure adapted from RCSI Library; guide content and additional elements by AIT Library.