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 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'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.
Library services available
The Library building is open for study from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, spaces must be reserved in advance via our booking system. From 5th July the Library & IT Service Desk will be open from 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday. See below for information on online and remote services available. Our Library guide has tips on remotely accessing the Library catalogue and other online Library resources which you may find useful.
Academic Skills Service
The Academic Skills Team in the Library supports the information needs of all staff & students. We are currently operating remotely 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Get in touch with us with any queries relating to:
- finding & evaluating Information
- searching databases
- finding books
- citing & referencing
- literature reviews
- digital skills
- open scholarship
Help with the above topics is also available on our Library & Research Know-How (LARK) Workshops page.
Academic Writing Centre
The AWC is now open for virtual appointments and workshops. Learn more on the AWC webpage.
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.
Archives and Special Collections Reading Room
Access to the Archives & Special Collections reading room is available from 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm Monday, Tuesday & Friday, information on accessing the reading room can be found here.
Borrowing and returning items
From 5th July you can book a seat in the Library in order to browse shelves and you can issue books to yourself. Books can be returned to the returns box outside the Library. Full details and instructions on seat bookings and borrowing are availabe on our Using the Library Safely Guide.
Click & collect
As of July 5th, we are stopping ou click & collect service. Please book a seat to browse Library books.
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.
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 Library Guides and Tutorials for more information. Here you will find additional resources on Citing and Referencing, Information Skills and Using Endnote.
MakerSpace: 3D prints, workshops and equipment rental
You can request 3D prints and equipment as usual through the MakerSpace website and collect them during Library & IT Desk hours. See the MakerSpace website for information on upcoming online workshops.
Open Access to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research
Leading publishers are gathering publications, datasets and other material on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please find a list of freely available content to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis: COVID-19 Information Resources.
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. View full information on using the Reading Lists System.
Scan & Deliver
From July 5th, Scan & Deliver is no longer available. Please book a seat to browse Library books.
Special Collections & Archives off campus resources
Information on how to access Special Collections & Archives resources can be found here.
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.