The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of our collections through the Library Catalogue, or learn more about different types of information resources below.
- Using the Library
Find your way
Find out about what Library services you can avail of, take our 360 degree Library tour and navigate your way around the Library. Each section includes a description of services available and allows you to become familiar with the Library before you visit us.
- We Can Help
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.
- 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.
- Open Scholarship
The Library supports the practice of research, education and knowledge exchange to enable open collaboration and learning.
The Library and IT Desk is currently focused on welcoming our new and returning students to the University of Galway and as such we are suspending the production of Alumni Accounts until Monday, 17th October.
All graduates (alumni) of Univeresity of Galway are entitled to free lifetime access to the library. Due to terms of publisher/provider license agreements, off-campus access to electronic resources is only for current NUI Galway students and staff. There is a charge if you want to borrow books: 6 months - €30; 12 months - €60.
In order to join the library as an alumnus 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.
In order to submit your application you will need to fill the required fields (marked by a red asterix) and upload the relevant documentation where applicable, e.g.
- Proof of Graduation from the Alumni Office if applying for Alumni status
- For reciprocal access from other universities please see Reciprocal Access Schemes.
- Approval email from SCONUL if submitting a new application
- ATU (formerly GMIT) approval email from ATU Library
- Proof of Identity when collecting your Library card (replacement cards cost €5)
Once your application is approved you will receive an approval email, your Library card can be collected in person (proof of identity required) at the Library& IT Service Desk where payment can be made. Please note there is no credit/debit card facility available.
All users of the Library agree to adhere to the library's Code of Conduct. Processing and approving of applications can take up to 2 days to complete.
Failure to complete all sections of the application form or provide insufficient information can delay the application process.
NOTE: During busy periods, such as coming up to exam times, access to the library may be limited to only registered University of Galway students.
Use of Data
Please note any personal data provided to NUI Galway using this online form will only be used for the purpose of assessing your library membership application in line with NUI Galway's Data Protection Policy. You have a right to ask for a copy of any personal data held about you and to have any inaccuracies in such personal data corrected.
If you wish to avail of this right, please write to:
The Data Protection Officer
National University of Ireland Galway
University Road, Galway