The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of the library's collections through the Library Catalogue, or get more information on each type of information resource and how it might be useful to your studies below.
- Using the Library
Find your way
Learn more about the Library as a physical place, find top tips and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), find out about the study spaces and services available in the Main, Medical and Nursing & Midwifery Libraries, and if you are not a student or staff member of NUI Galway, you can find out here how to access the Library.
We're here to help
Library staff provide support, help, and training to enable you to get to grips with the literature of your subject and the Library's resources. We have staff with expertise on information resources in your subject area.
- Digital Scholarship
The Library welcomes opportunities to advance our Digital Scholarship. Our areas of contribution include content, technology, infrastructure, partnership and the practice-based expertise in our team.
Code of Conduct
QA801 Code of Conduct
The James Hardiman Library seeks to provide all users with a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment that is conducive to learning and research. In order to maintain such an environment we require that all users follow the Library’s Code of Conduct and show respect for the needs of others. Violators of the Code may be asked to leave the Library and may be refused future access.
- Users are required to carry their University student or staff ID Card with them to gain entry to the Library. These, and any other Library ID Card, must be used only by the person to whom it was issued.
- Instructions of library staff should be followed at all times, and a failure to do so may result in a user being asked to leave the Library, and such user at the discretion of the Library may be refused future access.
- Only drinks in spill-proof mugs or capped plastic water bottles are permitted in the Library. No other food or beverages are allowed. Anyone entering the Library with food or unlidded drinks may be asked to leave.
- Bags may be allowed into the Library at the discretion of Library staff and may be searched on exit.
- Mobile phones must be set to silent on entering the Library so as to ensure a quiet study space for all. If it is necessary to use your phone you may do so only on the emergency stairs at the southern or Áras na Gaeilge end of the Library building.
- Silence must be observed in all parts of the Library but particularly in the Silent Study Zones. Group Study Rooms are available for group work.
- Places may not be reserved in the Library. Any place left unattended for longer than 1 hour, in peak periods, may be cleared by Library staff or another user. Please see our Study Break Policy for further details. The Library will not be responsible for any personal property left unattended, mislaid or stolen.
- Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the Library.
- Use of the Library as a filming or photographic location must be approved in advance with the University Librarian’s Office.
Library Safety and Security:
- Users are responsible for their personal property at all times, and should never leave personal items unattended. The Library is not liable for loss or damage to personal property.
- Animals are not allowed in the Library, with the exception of registered guide dogs.
- Users must not vandalise or damage Library equipment or furniture.
- Users may not enter unauthorised areas of the Library or remain in the Library when the facility is closed to the public.
- Users are required to leave the Library at closing, during emergency situations and evacuations.
- Users may not use power plugs in locations where their use leads to trailing flexes and tripping hazards.
- Library materials or equipment may not be taken from the Library without proper checkout or authorisation. Library materials must be returned on or by the loan due date or upon request by the Library. Fines are charged on overdue items.
- Library materials may not be concealed in the Library for the exclusive use of an individual or group of users.
- Library materials must not be mutilated, defaced or damaged in any way. This includes but is not limited to marking, underlining or writing on pages, removing pages or portion of pages, removing anti-theft devices, or applying sticky notes.
- Use of Library computers is governed by the Information Solutions and Services PC Suite Guidelines and by the University’s Code of Conduct for computing resources. Library computers may not be used for any other activities except for those directly relating to university and library research and learning.
- Electronic resources available through the Library are licensed for non-commercial use by NUIG staff and students and on-site users for education or research purposes only. Use of the data retrieved is not permitted for consultancy or services leading to the commercial use of the data. Moreover passwords should never be shared.
- Users must observe applicable intellectual property laws and Copyright legislation when photocopying, scanning, photographing, printing or downloading from information resources in print or electronic format.
- Final year examination results may be withheld until all books on loan have been returned and outstanding fines paid.