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Off-Campus Services

Accessing Information Resources

If you are a registered student or member of staff, it is possible to access all online information resources from off-campus. Simply follow the database links from the Library Catalogue and login as directed.  It is essential to login otherwise the service provider will not recognise you as being from NUI Galway.

You can also download this handy .pdf guide on how to access resources from off-campus, and also how to set up Google Scholar to work with the Library's content for better results. Off Campus Access & Google Scholar

Scopus is the only resource which requires an extra step for off-campus access.  Please click on link below for a tutorial on off-campus access to Scopus. 

Scopus Off-Campus Access

Accessing Resources Directly

If you wish to access resources directly rather than through the Library Catalogue, then simply add the following in front of the URL of the resource you need:

For example, if you were linking to the journal Nature, whose URL is, type in the URL:

This will mean you'll be prompted to login to NUI Galway and so be recognised as an authorised NUI Galway user. You'll need to know your Campus Account Credentials to login.
If you are experiencing difficulty logging in, please refer to the Campus Account Frequently Asked Questions or alternatively contact the Library & IT Service Desk 


Accessing Library Services and Training

We understand that many staff and students work or study from off-campus and are constantly striving to increase online access to our services. Follow the links below for help and advice:

  • See our Online Training modules
  • Use our to submit enquiries from on or off campus
  • Check out the Library's YouTube Channel

Getting the best results from Google Scholar

If you are using a computer connected to the University network, Google Scholar recognizes your IP address, and sets NUI Galway as your default library preference.  

If you are off-campus, you must set NUI Galway as your library preference:

  • On the Google Scholar search page, click on the Scholar Preferences link to open the Preferences page.
  • In the Library Links search box type NUI Galway and click on Find Library. 
  • Check the box next to NUI Galway. 
  • Then scroll down the page and click the Save Preferences button. 

If you allow cookies on your computer, this setting will stay in place across search sessions. 


  • you can set up to two additional library preferences, if you have access to other libraries. 
  • you can also set up a link to download citations to your preferred bibliographic management software, such as EndNote.   

Remember: you must be logged into your library account in order to access information from library subscribed databases.  

Library and IT Service Desk, Library

Tel: +353 91493399