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.
Print LocationsBooks are shelved in Dewey number (Call Number) order. To find the book you need on the shelves take note of its Print Location and Call Number. You will find this information on the Library catalogue. Books are shelved at one or more of the locations listed below:
Main Library Open Access
Books available on open access in the James Hardiman Library.
Closed Access Basement
Due to a limited amount on space on the main floors of the library some items are held in the basement. This area is called closed access basement and is restricted to access by library staff only.
If the item you want to borrow shows a location of Closed Access Basement then you can request it be brought from the basement so that you can borrow it.
Follow these instructions to request and item from the basement -> Requesting an item from Closed Access Basement
High Use Machine
When a title is heavily in demand we put at least one copy in the High Use Books machine. Books in this machine can be borrowed for 3 hours only and cannot be taken from the library. The machine is located in the library foyer on the ground floor.
To use the machine follow the instructions on the touch screen to take out a book and be sure to return it within 3 hours to the same machine!
For information about access to Special Collections books go to Special Collections
Books available on Open Access in the Nursing and Midwifery Library. The entrance to it is the end of the Ground Floor of the James Hardiman Library.
Books available on Open Access in the Medical Library. The Medical Library is located at the ground floor of the Clinical Science Institute at University College Hospital Galway.
Main Library Mind, Body and Soul Collection
Books available on Open Access, Floor 1, James Hardiman Library. The collection was developed in consultation with Student Services and the Student Counselling Service and consists of clinically approved books e-books and other resources that support the physical and mental well-being of students and staff.
Main Library Travel Books
Books available on Open Access, Floor 1, James Hardiman Library. This collection includes travel guides produced by Lonely Planet, Let’s Go, Rough Guides and DK Eyewitness Travel.
Main Library Maritime Law
Books available on Open Access, Ground Floor (Compact Shelving), James Hardiman Library. This collection relates to maritime law.
Closed Access Staff Publications
Books held in the Library Basement. This collection includes one copy of books published by NUI Galway staff and is not loanable. Loanable copies are available in the Main Library Open Access. A selection of Staff Publications are on display in the Library Foyer. Email Neil O’Brien, Acquisitions Librarian, (email@example.com) with details of books to be added to this collection.