The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of our collections through the Library Catalogue, or learn more about different types of information resources below.
- Using the Library
Find your way
Find out about online and remote access to the Library, as well as on-campus study spaces and services. If you are not a student or staff member of NUI Galway, you can find out how to access the Library here.
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.
- 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.
- Open Scholarship
The Library supports the practice of research, education and knowledge exchange to enable open collaboration and learning.
Old & Rare Books
Older and rare books constitute a substantial part of our Special Collections. Strengths include:
- 19th century illustrated anatomical, botanical and zoological collections
- 19th century engineering and construction
- History of Ireland with particular reference to local history
- Irish language including biography, fiction, poetry and translation
- Irish folklore
- Religion, devotional literature and bibles
- Travel literature relating to Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially pertaining to the Western seaboard
We also have significant holdings of 19th century academic materials which were purchased when the College was opened in 1849.
To discover rare and antiquarian material on your topic, search by subject on the Library Catalogue. You will notice options to filter your results . Choose Special Collections under the collections heading to see details of materials on your topic that are housed in Special Collections.
Please note that all Special Collections material must be used within the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room of the Library and may not be loaned. When the library catalogue entry says 'Available at Special Collections Reading Room' the book is immediately available for consultation. If the entry doesn't specifically mention the Reading Room, the it is necessary to request the book.
|Special Collections Reading Room||On Shelves, non loanable|
|Special Collections||Request only, non loanable|
Items which are 'Request only' may be requested using the online facility in the book's catalogue record. Printed requests should be submitted to the desk in the Special Collections Reading Room.