Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

Bank holiday and other non standard times should be checked on the Moodle Library Page


Academic programmes at Independent College are supported by the Library Catalogue and a range of electronic databases including:

Dawsonera Ebooks
EBSCO Business Source Elite
EBSCO Ebook Business Collection
EBSCO Regional Business News
Sage Research Methods
Thomson Reuters One: Practical Law,
Thomson Reuters Westlaw Ireland,
Thomson Reuters Westlaw UK

All of these are accessible through Open Athens.

To create an Open Athens account, or library account, please contact the library. You can contact us at

Link to Library Catalogue – Click here to access the Catalogue Online

The following collections are available to support Independent College academic programs: Business, Law, Business Theses, Law Theses, Reference Collection (Business and Law), Research Collection, and Law Periodicals
International House courses are supported by the following collections: IH English Collection Level 1-6 and advanced; IH Reference Collection, and the CELTA/DELTA Collection.

Research Services:
Reference/Query Desk: Need research help? Drop by, call (018773921), or email us at For more advanced assistance book an appointment through the Research Assistance Program.

Research Assistance Program: Significant research projects often require more assistance than can be given on-the-spot at the Reference/Query Desk. Book an appointment to meet with the librarian for individual research assistance tailored to your topic. Email to set up an appointment.

Information Literacy Program: Book a guest lecture on research skills tailored to your course content. Information literacy includes everything from the ability to find, interpret, and think critically about information as well as identifying fake news, media bias, credible websites, academic sources, etc.

Research Guides: Harvard Referencing, Plagiarism

Other Services:

• Print and photocopy services (colour printing not available) for a price
• Athens and Moodle support
• Study Spaces: Quiet and group study spaces available. Ask at the Reference Desk for available study spaces.

The Joshua Dawson Library is situated on the second floor of the Independent College campus at Block B, Steelworks, Foley Street. The main library collections support the College programmes in Law and Business at undergraduate and post graduate level. There are additional collections to support CPD diplomas and short courses.

The library has generous opening hours, extended around examination times. While the library remains the hub of research resources and services, there is online access throughout the building via the College WiFi network, as well as from external locations. Registered students can access the subscribed College databases from work and home.

A full range of academic services is offered to students at the Joshua Dawson Library, and the student’s educational experience is enhanced by a range of research tutorials delivered from the library.

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