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.
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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.
If you have any queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Collections Librarian
Tel: +353 91492543
Research and Learning Assistant
Tel: +353 91493476
Research and Learning / Acquisitions Assistant
Tel: +353 91 493476