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.
Using Other Libraries
Using other libraries
Staff and students may benefit from being able to use other libraries. For instance, you may find it useful to join the public library in Galway. Library staff at the Library & IT Service Desk can offer a range of options for accessing other university libraries:
We can provide a letter of introduction for students wishing to use other university libraries. However, the letter will not guarantee access, and students are advised to contact libraries before visiting, or check their web pages.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students will usually be granted reference use of other higher education libraries during the vacation period of the host institution. You should make sure that you have a current university ID card with you when visiting another university library. Always check with a library before you visit.
NUIG - GMIT Reciprocal Library Access Scheme
There is a pilot project scheme providing reciprocal access for post graduate students and staff between the libraries of NUIG and GMIT.
Information on this scheme can be found here.
University Library Co-operations
Staff and postgraduate students can apply for an ALCID Research card by completing the Alcid Application Form. ALCID Research is a co-operative scheme, which allows access to Irish university libraries. However, it does not allow borrowing.
Staff and students can apply online for SCONUL privileges, which allows access to and borrowing from university libraries in Ireland and the UK. Note that borrowing privileges are not extended to full-time undergraduate students. Borrowing privileges vary from one university to another, so always check their web pages.