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Special Collections


Please refer to the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room page for information on hours and more.

Special Collections is the section of the Library which looks after old and rare items as well as material in different formats such as maps and newspapers. These collections are accessed in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. The staff there will be happy to assist with queries relating to this material. Please be sure to read the Conditions of Access and Guidelines for Readers for further information on accessing the collections. 

If you have any queries please contact us at

Additional collections which come under our care include:


There is extensive access to databases and other electronic resources which complement the printed Special Collections and Archives material. We have prepared a useful Electronic Resources for Special Collections and Archives  [PDF] guide which contains a list of the principal electronic resources arranged by subject.

Theses in Print

The Library holds a copy of most theses completed in NUI Galway (after 1997) and University College Galway (the University's title before 1997). View our guide for finding Theses. 

Older Exam Papers

The Exam Papers Archive provides access to exam papers from 2003/2004 up to2006/2007, via the search interface below.

Older exam papers dating from the 1890s up to 2003 are available on request in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Search tips:

  • Search by course code in the keyword box will return the best results.
  • Leave out any spaces in the course code, for example LW101 instead of LW 101.
  • If a particular paper from 2003-2006 is not in our database, it may be available from the department that set it. 
Keyword phrase


  • Highlights from the Special Collections

    Highlights from the Special Collections PDF (42.9 MB)