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.
Online Library services available during Library closure
The Library is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak; please monitor the University’s webpage http://www.nuigalway.ie/alert/ for updates and information relating to the closure. The following gives information on contacting the Library and accessing online Library services during the closure. All online services will remain available remotely; see below for links and further information.
During this time of library closure Library staff are still available to provide help and advice with any aspect of your study or research.
Note that, where possible, we will carry out virtual 1-to-1 consultations or group training using Zoom, Microsoft Teams or BlackBoard Collaborate.
Academic Writing Centre
- your student number
- your year of study and subject
- your availability
One of the tutors will get back to you to arrange an appointment.
NOTE: The AWC will be closed in June but will reopen for July and August to help postgraduate and repeat students.
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. For more information, please go to our page on Off-Campus Services.
Borrowing and returning items
As the Library is closed, it is not possible to borrow material; however, the Library system will take into account these closed days and will not fine patrons who have material due during the closed period. We are also asking patrons Not to return items via the external returns box as the box will be closed. Remember many of the library’s books are available as e-books through the Library Catalogue. If the book you need is not available as an e-book, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll purchase an e-book edition if available.
Digital repository services
Please visit our digital repository webpage for information on the various platforms available for users. This page includes links to our Institutional Repository, Digital Collections, Archives and Digital Exhibitions. We are endeavouring to continue to provide a limited digitisation chapter scanning service to staff during the closure. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Submissions (PhD thesis and publications) to the ARAN repository are being processed and authors will be notified by email when their submission is available on ARAN.
Service desk Tickets and Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org are checked daily and users contacted.
One-on-one online consultations are available: request an online meeting with one of our experts on any of the following:
- Digital projects, tools, technology, and methods
- Open publishing, digitisation, copyright and identifiers,
- Digital repository services (for digital archives),
- Web hosting for digital exhibitions (using Omeka).
- Digital publishing support and guidance for open-access and alternative publishing models.
- Please email email@example.com for more information
Ensure Access to Online Collections for Online Exams (Academic Staff)
Additional assignments as a replacement for a written exam:
- If you require additional information resources and readings email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can purchase e-books to support students
- Make use of the Reading List system to ensure students can link to readings from off-campus with no authentication issues
Open book exam:
- Contact email@example.com to ensure e-books are available on an unlimited concurrent access basis. This will help to avoid students being locked out of the e-book during the exam
Access to e-books:
- Not all books are available in e-book format, but we have been negotiating hard with publishers and have had some success in obtaining e-access for students. Please do let us know what material your students need and we’ll try to get access. As some books are unavailable as an e-book, it would be helpful if you could suggest alternatives texts or let us know if there is a specific chapter that is of most importance.
- Publishers are opening some of their content on a temporary basis in response to the current crisis, we are including this information in our catalogue as quickly as we can. Check on publisher websites to see if the content you require is now openly available.
The Inter-Library Loans service is available on a best effort basis. Requests may be placed in the usual manner via the Library website.
For patrons with material currently on loan these have been renewed with the lending Libraries and no fines will accrue for the duration of the closure.
Due to the Library being physically closed, print materials cannot currently be supplied on inter-library loan. As most of our monograph requests are supplied in print format, monograph requests will remain challenging. However when possible, we will supply a monograph request with an electronic book, where available.
The supply of article requests should be possible on a case-by-case basis, and all fulfilled article requests will be sent directly to the patron in PDF format. Patrons should read the delivery email as instructions on how to open their article are contained therein. In some cases they will need to download software to view the article, so please read the email carefully. Any queries in this regard may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this service is dependent on other institutions maintaining their document delivery services and as such may be withdrawn at short notice if additional restrictions are implemented
Library guides and tutorials
We have a vast range of Library guides available for students, researchers and staff. For ease of use the guides are segmented by College, please go to Libguides.library.nuigalway.ie for more information. Here you will find additional resources on the Academic Writing Centre, Citing and Referencing, Information Skills and Using Endnote.
Open Access to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research
Leading publishers are gathering publications, datasets and other material on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please find below a list of freely available content to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis: http://library.nuigalway.ie/digitalscholarship/openscholarship/covid19
Open Education Resources
The following are a list of OER’s which we recommend.
OER Commons >
Includes all kinds of educational resources from complete university courses to open textbooks, interactive, web-based activities and lesson plans. It can be searched by subject and education level.
MERLOT includes educational materials in many different formats, with the ability to filter in the Advanced Material Search according to Subject, Audience (i.e. Third-Level or not), Material Quality (i.e. peer reviewed or not) and by license.
Open Textbook Library >
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost.
Another excellent source of open textbooks.
Reading list system
The Reading List System will be fully available from off-campus both for students to access existing reading lists and for academic staff to create new reading lists. Full information on using the Reading Lists System is available here: https://library.nuigalway.ie/readinglists/
Special Collections & Archives
Information on how to access Special Collections & Archives resources can be foud in the following document: Archives & Special Collections Off-Campus E-Resources.
Note that staff are available to answer any query you may have or to offer any support and guidance in using the collection - email email@example.com.
Suggesting new material
We will continue to process suggestions for new material while the Library is closed, however we will be ordering only e-book editions, as staff will not be available to receive delivery of physical material. We will seek e-book editions of any material suggested and if available will purchase the e-book edition. These will be available via the Library Catalogue within two working days. Suggestions that are not available as an e-book will be processed when the Library reopens.