Monday, 22 September 2014

Need Help? Just Ask

Located just inside the entrance of the library the Library & IT Service Desk is your first point of contact for your Library and IT queries. 

We can help you with a wide variety of topics ranging from "How do I borrow a book  using one of the self issue machines?"  to "How do I connect to Wifi?"

During term time we are open from 08:30 to 22:00 Monday to Friday and also 09:30 to 12:00 on Saturdays.

We also offer a number of online resources to help deal with your queries such as:
Remember the quickest way to get an issue resolved if you can't come to the library in person is to log a ticket in our service desk ticketing system at

Just sign in with your campus account and password, choose the topic your query relates to and enter some details about your query. The ticket will then be routed to the correct staff member and you will receive a reply to your email address.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Need Help Finding Books and Journals? Come along to a training session

With over 500,000 books, 400,000 e-books and 70,000 e-journals in the Library finding the book or journal you want could feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

Come along to our Finding Books and Journals training and in just 30 minutes discover how easy it is when you know how!

Other essential tips you'll pick up at this training session:
  • How to put a hold on a book that's in high demand, so the next available copy is reserved for you.
  • How to renew your books online and avoid paying fines.
From September 22nd to October 4th this training is available every day, Monday to Friday at 11.00 and 19.00, and at 11.30 on Saturdays.

No need to book, just drop in to the Library Training Room on the entrance level.

ALERT: Getting Started in the Library CANCELLATION and TIME CHANGE



   11.00am  Drop-in  Getting Started in the Library training session is cancelled.     


the  2.00pm

 Drop-in  Getting Started in the Library  training  session will take place at  3.00pm in the Library Training Room.    

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Using the group study rooms just got easier

Using our groups study rooms is now completely self service.

In the past you had to pickup the pack containing the key for the group study rooms from the Library and IT Service Desk but that's no longer the case.
The group study room packs are now located in the Holds Request Collection Room so you can pick them up and return them without coming to the desk.

No more queuing.

The process works as follows:
  • Log into to your library account at
  • Search for Group Study Room in the catalogue
  • Book one of the rooms for an available 2 hour slot
  • Go to the Holds Request Collection Room and use your Student ID card and the pack for the group study room on the self issue machine to check out the pack to your account.
  • When finished use the same self issue machine to return the pack and place it in the hold on the wall
Remember - Group study rooms are only held until 15 minutes after the booked time. After that any student can take that room.

Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, available at a classroom near you! and other new features

1965 Peggy Hayes, Donal McCann & Stephen Rea in 'Church Street'
To enable wider access and improve usability, the Library recently added new features to the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive. These features include:
  1. Lecturer Access
  2. Login with your Campus Account
  3. Video content
  4. RSS feeds 
Lecturer Access
'Lecturer Access' allows documents, audio, and video to be accessed and used in a classroom environment. To use 'Lecturer Access' simply:
  • Login to the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building using your usual NUI Galway campus account.
  • Browse the collection of material available, and when you find something that you would like to use in class, simply add it to your "favourites". 
  • The final step is to ask a member of staff in the Reading Room to add you to the "Lecturer" user list on the system (you only need to do this once). 
You will now be able to access from anywhere on campus, and view all items added to your favourites.
Login with your Campus Account
This feature allows you to login with your usual username and password (your campus account). This replaces a manual process of user registration with a unique, and often forgotten, username and password for the archive.

Video content
New content continues to be added to the system, with the complete collection of videos of performances at the Abbey being online by the end of September 2014.

RSS feeds
Another important enhancement is an RSS feed. This enables you to see what is being published to the digital archive by providing short details of the latest material added. You can subscribe to the RSS feed at

For any further queries please contact the Archives service:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Catch it while you can! - 'Performing Ireland 1904 – 2014' exhibition

Sorcha Cusack and Siobhan McKenna in "The Plough and the Stars" 1976.

Launched in Spring 2014, 'Performing Ireland' marked the first major exhibition from the Abbey Theatre Digitisation Project at the Hardiman Building. The exhibition captured key material from the Abbey Theatre Digital archive and created an interactive and engaging presence between the archive and the many stories behind the scenes as well as on stage at the Abbey Theatre over the last 110 years. A further feature is exploring links between the Abbey Theatre, the West of Ireland and other key archival collections at the Hardiman Library, such as by Lady Gregory, Thomas Kilroy, Druid Theatre Company, Siobhan McKenna, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe and MACNAS. The exhibition will continue at the Hardiman Building foyer until 20 September 2014.

For information on the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive please click here.

Focus on Law & Official Publications Librarian, Hugo Kelly

Hugo Kelly is the Law and Official Publications Librarian and has worked in NUI Galway since 2000. Prior to that he had worked as Humanities Librarian in Dublin City University.

In his current role Hugo is responsible for Official Publications and managing the information and research needs of Law. Hugo's role is primarily concerned with three core functions:
  • Training
  • Reference support
  • Developing and Managing Collections
“There is a popular maxim that the Library is Law’s laboratory”, Hugo says. “And that is an important idea that we want to continue to promote”.
The training role in particular is an essential role in the modern library environment. Every semester Hugo spends many hours training students at various levels in using the electronic and print resources available. When possible, this is carried out in conjunction with the School of Law.
“Without academic support, I would get nowhere”, Hugo admits. "They understand that, with the impact of electronic information, legal research is broader and more challenging. The methodology of legal research has not changed but the means has”.
The Law Reference Service
Given the complexity of these sources there will always be a need for a reference service where students can drop in and ask for help in locating resources or get some help and advice on researching assignments.
 Gabi Honan, is the Information Assistant for Business and Law. Her focus is on helping students.
“The personal touch is still very important," Gabi says. “There can be confusion about online resources and their coverage.  A quick chat and a demo can clear up problems and misconceptions instantly”.

Law Collections
A major challenge with falling budgets is maintaining the collections both in print and electronic form. Law books in particular are always heavily used and are still the most borrowed items from the entire Library Collection.
“The book collection is still fundamental to us, particularly in terms of Irish material. I would love if we had a wider collection with more depth. Maintaining  an up-to-date has become our biggest challenge”.
Finally over recent years Hugo has worked to improve access and storage of the Library’s often forgotten Official Publications and European Documentation resources. These are relatively small collections but  many of the key State reports and publications can be found within them.
“In OP in particular there are many reports here that chart the development of the State. For the first time much of this material has been catalogued. It would be great to see it get used more".
Hugo and Gabi are based on the ground floor of the James Hardiman Library next to the Law Collections. Check out  the Law Subject Page for contact details and more information about the various LawOfficial Publications, and   European Documentation resources available.

New exhibition focusing on Russian and Irish theatre at the Library

Opening on Tuesday, 7th October 2014, a new exhibition will be launched in the foyer of the Library. 'Unchanged but the Spirit...' will present a display of physical and digital archive material from the collections of the Hardiman Library and will also, in collaboration with the Russian State Art Library, Moscow, feature for the first time in Ireland, an exhibit of archive material from the acclaimed production of The Seagull which was written by Anton Chekhov and directed by Constantin Stanislavsky, and staged at the Moscow Art Theatre, 1898.

The exhibition is a unique opportunity to engage with a visual exploration of the production history of the Seagull and other shared histories of Irish and Russian Theatre. Material from the Thomas Kilroy archive held at the Hardiman Library will showcase key material relating to Kilroy's noted translation of The Seagull, staged at the Royal Court in London, 1981, and which lifted the story from the Russian provinces and set it in the West of Ireland at the end of the 19th Century in what became one of the great English language translations of the Chekhovian classic. 

Other material will showcase historic productions of the Seagull at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast as well as further material from the Russian State Art Library.

All are invited to an evening lecture to mark the exhibition opening, from Dr. Ian Walsh of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway. The talk will take place at 6.00pm, Tuesday, 7th October at The Moore Institute Seminar Room, Hardiman Research Building. For details contact

Culture Night 2014 at the Hardiman Library!

The annual wave of all things culture is ready to pour over Galway City and County (as well as all of Ireland!) as Culture Night 2014 takes place on 19th September. The Library is delighted to be staging a series of events that celebrates the richness of its Archive collections. From 6.00pm, all are welcome to join us for a special evening of film, talks and tours which covers over 500 years of local and national history as well as the story of how Galway and Hollywood came together - a story which is recorded in the archive of the Oscar-winning director, John Huston, whose vast film archive is held by the Library.

Commissioned by John Huston in 1958 to prepare a scenario for a film on Sigmund Freud, Jean Paul Sartre, the French philosopher, actually wrote two scenarios - the first before visiting Huston at St Clerans, County Galway in autumn 1959, and the other afterwards. Both were far too long but, after much pruning and rewriting, Freud: The Secret Passion, premiered in 1962.

This illustrated talk by Prof. James Gosling will explore the script of The Secret Passion contained within the Huston Family Archive at the James Hardiman Library, written by Sartre, edited by Huston and then later rejected by Sartre. Prof. Gosling will share his extensive archive research on the script held at the Hardiman Library and also on the other various versions held in Paris. The findings will prove to be an entertaining and enlightening evening showcasing one of Galway's great cinematic histories.

There will be a special showcase of archival material from the Huston Family Archive.

Following this event, at 7.00pm, all are welcome to join us for a tour of 'Performing Ireland 1904 - 2014', an exhibition showcasing the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive and also a tour of the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room of the Hardiman Library.

Date:   19th September
Time:  6.00pm
Venue: Moore Institute Seminar Room, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

Your Library, Your Service

The Library is here to support you in all aspects of your study at NUI Galway.  
Our resources range from the essential requirements of a comfortable study space to the most complex online research resource produced by a world expert. All these elements will have their time and place in your experience in NUI Galway. Here we summarise the major services available to you.

Your Resources
Our Library holds 30,000 journals and 500,000 books in both print and electronic format.
We also have archives, maps, dvds, newspapers, databases, popular fiction.
For more information check out our resource collections.

Library Website and WiFi
The Library website incorporates the Library catalogue and is a gateway to an extensive collection of printed and electronic resources.
We have a great IT infrastructure with WiFi, computer suites, and stand-up PCs available throughout the Library.


Help and Getting Started
Our Library and IT Service Desk deals with both Library and IT queries and will assist you with all your needs.
If you require some further guidance our regular Finding Books and Journals sessions over the next few weeks gives you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Library facilities and resources.

Training and Research Expertise
Our subject librarians and information assistants have expertise in specific disciplines and are eager to meet you. Drop into one of the Information Offices to meet your subject team.
Remember, we not only provide help with reading lists and research, we can also help you with essay-writing through the Academic Writing Centre.


Physical Space
Your Library contains a variety of study spaces, including silent zones, group study rooms and short stay areasWe have specialist areas such as the Special Collection Reading Rooms   Check out our website for an overview of our study spaces.

For Further Information
This is just a quick overview  of our core services;
take a look at Using the Library Webpage which provides more details about the range of services offered by the James Hardiman Library.