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Please refer to the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room page for information on hours and more.

Special Collections is the section of the Library which looks after old and rare items as well as material in different formats such as maps and newspapers. These collections are accessed in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room. The staff there will be happy to assist with queries relating to this material. Please be sure to read the Conditions of Access and Guidelines for Readers for further information on accessing the collections. 

If you have any queries please contact us at

Additional collections which come under our care include:


There is extensive access to databases and other electronic resources which complement the printed Special Collections and Archives material. We have prepared a useful Electronic Resources for Special Collections and Archives  [PDF] guide which contains a list of the principal electronic resources arranged by subject.

Theses in Print

The Library holds a copy of most theses completed in University of Galway, National University of Ireland Galway (the University's title between 1997 and 2022), and University College Galway (the University's title before 1997). View our guide for finding Theses.

Older Exam Papers

Older exam papers dating from the 1890s are available on request in the Special Collections Reading Room.


  • Highlights from the Special Collections

    Highlights from the Special Collections PDF (42.9 MB)