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The Irish Official Publications collection of the James Hardiman Library is available to all NUI Galway students and staff. 

The  collection is located on the podium floor of the Library and is accessible during Library opening times. 

The Official Publications collection contains government publications of the modern Irish State from 1922 to date.

Typically these include:

  • Publications of Government Departments and Commissions such as annual reports, policy documents, review bodies and other materials from 1922 to date
  • Publications of selected Government Agencies including Central Statistics Office, Revenue Commissioners and Office of Public Works
  • Oireachtas publications including Acts, Bills, Dáil Debates, Seanad Debates, Dáil Committee Reports and Official Reports 

Official Publications may not be borrowed. 

If you have queries about Official Publications please get in touch with the Law Information office using the details provided above.

The sections below explain our Official Publications collection in more detail with links to useful online resources.


Official Publications are divided into two collections and are located in the compact shelving area on the podium floor of the Library.

  • Official Publications (OP): This collection constitutes of one off reports and publications.
    • Post-1985 material is located in the compact shelving on the ground floor of the Library.
    • Pre- 1985 reports and publications are located in Special Collections. These must be requested and consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.  
  • Official Publications Serials (OPS): This constitutes runs of Official Publications that are classified as serials.  Most regular annual reports from Government departments and agencies are part of this collection.
    • Post-1985 runs of Official Publications serials are located in the compact shelving.
    • Pre- 1985 runs are located in offsite storage.

The dewey number/shelf mark of Official Publication titles can be located by using the Library Catalogue.

Our Using Government Publications page contains more information about locating Official Publications via the Library Catalogue.

Online Access via Department websites

Note that many of these publications from the last decade and longer will be available online from the relevant departmental website. A full departmental listing is available. Putting the title of the publication or report into Google will often quickly locate the document online as well.  

Fulltext Access via the Oireachtas Library

The Oireachtas Libary has digitised all documents laid before the Oireachtas from 1922 to the present day. Most of the major Irish Offical Publications from the beginning of the state including annual reports can be accessed through the Oireachtas Catalogue (L&RS).

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Hugo Kelly

Kelly, Hugo

Collection Development Librarian
Tel: +353 91493359