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IReL. The cost per use (CPU) is calculated by dividing the total cost of a resource, by the total usage for the year. This is used to compare resource performance.
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IReL: Supporting Research Everyday Shona Thoma, IReL Officer Irish Research eLibrary (IReL) Supporting research everyday


Monitoring usage

In 2015 there were over 16 million article downloads, database searches, and e-book uses recorded for IReL Resources. The consistently strong usage of resources and the variety of subject areas served by IReL is clearly demonstrated. This poster gives a visual insight into the vital role that IReL resources play in supporting research across the Higher Education sector in Ireland.

The IReL consortium consists of the seven Irish universities (Dublin City University; National University of Ireland, Galway; Maynooth University; Trinity College Dublin; University College Cork; University College Dublin; University of Limerick) and RCSI.

The usage is monitored on an annual basis for all resources. COUNTER compliant and other custom usage reports are gathered and analysed. The usage for 2015 was used in this poster to illustrate the average daily activity throughout the year. The usage recorded for IReL resources has increased steadily across all database types since 2004.

30,174 2,561 eBook sections accessed

journal articles accessed ( PDF & HTML)



7 Universities plus RCSI. Also supporting research at DIT, Teagasc, and DIAS

database uses

€0.15 Average Cost per Use (CPU) for one of the most used resources

97,652 FTE students have access

databases more than

25,000 full text journals available

The cost per use (CPU) is calculated by dividing the total cost of a resource, by the total usage for the year. This is used to compare resource performance across subject areas and database types. It is a key factor in defining value for money.

key research fields served (NRPE fields)


Cost per use (CPU)


IReL in a Day

103 subscriptions maintained

NRPE fields The National Research Prioritisation Exercise fields were developed by the IUA iResearch project team. 1. Medical, Health and Life Sciences & Technologies 2. Environment including Climate Change 4. Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Marine & Natural Resources 5. Physical & Chemical Sciences & Engineering (incl. Materials, Advanced & Emerging Technologies) 6. Information & Communication Technology 7. Transport, Infrastructure, Manufacturing & Production 8. Social Sciences, Economics, Law & Business 9. Humanities

Thank you Thanks to Rita Pinhasi, IReL Manager, and the IReL Steering and Monitoring groups for their support in the production of this poster