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Ordering Materials for the Library: Guidelines for Academic Staff


Journal purchases are an ongoing financial commitment and absorb a large amount of the library budget.  Normally, a new subscription can only be taken out if the department cancels an existing title of equivalent value.


First search the library catalogue to check if the book is already in stock. Order requests may be submitted in several ways:

  • By emailing libraryorders@mic.ul.ie
  • By filling out the Order Request forms. Supplies of these forms are held at the Library Issue Desk
  • By submitting the original source of your information (e.g.  publisher’s catalogue)

Monitoring the Progress of Orders

Once an order had been sent to a bookseller the title appears in the library catalogue. To check the progress of an order search the library catalogue in the usual way.

Having identified the item in the catalogue, click on “Show Copy

If the item is not yet in the library it will indicate “On Order

Items indicated as “Awaiting processing” means they have arrived in the library but not yet available on the library shelves.

"Awaiting processing" items

If you require an “Awaiting processing” item in a rush - fill in an Urgent Processing form available at the Library Issue Desk and we will try to get the book as quickly as possible for you.


It generally takes 1-3 months to acquire items.  You will be notified by email when an items goes on the shelf and available for use.

Enquiries about orders

For additional information about the progress of an order:

Email: libraryorders@mic.ul.ie

Requests for new items are generally from academic staff but anyone is welcome to suggest titles, relevant to courses taught in Mary Immaculate College


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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