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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.

Book a Study Space


From Monday 14th September 2020, students can 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. 

Time Slots can be booked for 30 minute blocks.

Contact the Library team on for any queries.

Book a PC

BOOK YOUR PC: Students can book a PC for their studies or to engage in their curriculum sessions. To book email or drop into the Library where there is self-service booking. 

The Library is building an online booking system for PCs which will be live the week of 28th September and students will be notified when it is available to them. 

The Library has PCs on the ground floor in Main Library and in IT1 on Level 1 of the Main Building. 

Click & Collect

Click and collect new for semester 1
is a new service from AIT Library supporting access to physical book collections to all staff and students for Semester 1 2020. 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

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 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.

How do I search the catalogue to put items on hold? (Video TutorialFrom the Library Catalogue, follow the instructions below: 

  • Search for the book.
  • 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.

Book Drop Box

Book drop box for all book returns
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. 

AIT Students and Staff can also drop books back to Laois Public Libraries until October 2nd or to other Institute of Technology libraries and they will be returned to AIT Library. Students in other Irish Institutes of Technology can also return library books to AIT Library and we will ensure that they are returned to your home library. 

What times can I drop books to Laois/Offaly Libraries? AIT Library books can be dropped at three brances of Laois Public Libraries until October 2nd at the locations and times below:



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.