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Local Studies Collection

The Library holds an extensive but by no means exhaustive collection of books and periodicals relating to Irish places.

Local Studies Periodicals

The majority of the current periodical collection relating to local studies is held in the Archives and  Special Collections Reading Room.  Issues prior to 2013 are shelved in the periodical Store and must therefore be requested by completing the journal request form at the Contact Us  or at the desk in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. It is also possible to use the 'Request from Closed Access' option on the library catalogue. There is a 24-hour turnaround time for requests for back issues. Back runs of some titles are available to NUIG readers on JSTOR.

A select list of local studies periodical titles for each Irish County is available in:

  • John Grenham. Tracing your Irish Ancestors (Dublin, 2012) 929.10720415 Special Collections Reading Room and Floor 1

  • James G. Ryan. Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History (Dublin. 1997) 929.309415 RYA General Reference Area Ground Floor.

Check the Library catalogue for our holdings of these periodical titles.

Local Studies Books

A large collection of Local Studies books is shelved in the Archives and  Special Collections Reading Room. These are arranged in order by Dewey number.  To check our holdings prior to your visit, please search the Library Catalogue.

Resources for Irish People and Places studies

If you have any queries please contact us at

Marie Boran

Boran, Marie

Special Collections Librarian
Tel: +353 91492543

Geraldine Curtin

Curtin, Geraldine

Research and Learning Assistant
Tel: +353 91493476

Margo Donohue

Donohue, Margo

Research and Learning / Acquisitions Assistant
Tel: +353 91 493476