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.
Accessing the Library
Access to the James Hardiman Library
For information on accessing the library at NUI Galway click on the link below that applies to you -
Registered students of the University are entitled to use the Library. All registered students are issued with a Student ID card which also acts as a Library card. Access to the Library is via access control gates; therefore you must have your current Student card with you in order to gain entrance.
Can I get into the Library if I forget my student card?
If you have forgotten your student card you may obtain a one day temporary access card per semester, the cards costs €2.00 and are available at the entrance desk in the foyer of the Hardiman Building.
What do I do if I lose my card?
It is essential that you report a lost or stolen student card immediately to the Student Registry Helpdesk. Once you have reported your card missing, it can be deactivated, preventing others from using it. A replacement card can then be issued to you at a cost of €20. (Note: students will receive a replacement student card free of charge in cases of a reported crime e.g. assault, burglary).
To avail of the free replacement card, students must produce a copy of the Garda crime report. The report must contain the investigating Garda name, Garda Pulse Incident Number and be signed by the Superintendent in charge.
Failure to notify the University places you at risk of serious allegations of collusion in the fraudulent use of your NUIG student card.
Please return found cards to the Student Registry Helpdesk.
What happens if I take a Leave of Absence?
A student on a Leave of Absence is not entitled to use of the Library's facilities and services. Please refer to the University's Student Leave of Absence Policy.
All staff of the University are entitled to use the Library, the Human Resources department issues staff cards, read more about staff cards. Access to the Library is via access control gates; therefore you must have your staff card with you in order to gain entrance. If you have not previously used the James Hardiman Library please request that a library account be created for you by logging a ticket through the Library & IT Ticketing System.
All graduates (alumni) of NUI Galway are entitled to free lifetime access to the library. There is a charge if you want to borrow books shown in the table below. Due to terms of publisher/provider license agreements, off-campus access to electronic resources is only for current NUI Galway students and staff. In order to join the library as an alumnis you will need to provide proof of graduation such as a copy of either your transcripts or your conferring parchment. Alternatively you can contact the Alumni Office to obtain proof of graduation. Once you have the proof of graduation please follow the How to apply section below.
Graduates of NUI Galway, students from other Universities and members of the public requiring access for genuine research purposes or scholarly needs may apply to use the James Hardiman Library. As the James Hardiman Library’s primary function is to serve the needs of its students and staff, the interests of External users or Reciprocal Schemes should not conflict with the needs of NUIG students or staff.
Access to the Library is available to NUI Galway graduates, students of other Universities and external users through various schemes. More information on these schemes can be found in the tables below.
Reciprocal Access Schemes
|Type of Visitor||Access||Borrowing Rights||Online Resources||Requirements|
|ALCID Research Card||Free||No||Onsite access only||ACLID card issued by home institution, complete online form in advance of visiting NUIG LIbrary
|Atlantic Alliance||Free||No||Onsite access only||Valid ID card from UL or UCC, complete online form in advance of visiting NUIG LIbrary
|AUA||Free||Yes||Onsite access only||Valid ID card from UL or UCC, proof of course required, complete online form in advance of visiting NUIG LIbrary
|GMIT Postgraduate Students & Staff||Free||Yes||Onsite access only||48 hours notice via GMIT Library - GMIT Student/Staff card required, complete online form in advance of visiting NUIG LIbrary
|SCONUL Access||Free||Dependent on Band||Onsite access only||Request access online via SCONUL website in advance of visit, complete online form following SCONUL authorisation
|SCONUL Summer Vacation Access Scheme||Free
||No||Valid ID card from institution participating in SCONUL scheme, complete online form in advance of visiting NUIG LIbrary