Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Getting Started in the Library

Essential training for all students - in just 30 minutes you will learn how to find your way around the Library, what services are available and how to find the books you need in the Library. 

You will be shown how to search the library's catalogue to find out if the library has the books or journals you need.  You'll also be given a short tour of the library, so that you can learn how to find the books on the shelves.
No booking required - this is a drop in session. 
This training will be held in the Library Training Room on the ground floor of the Library at the following times:

September 8th to 12th:  11am and 2pm every day
September 15th to 19th: 11am, 2pm and 7pm every day
September 20th: 11.30 am

No need to book - Just Drop In!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Welcome to the Library



 We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all NUI Galway students, both new and returning, to the Library. We're delighted that you have chosen to come and study in NUIG and we will do everything we can to help you be successful in your studies.
The Library provides training on a variety of topics - all designed to help you gain the skills of finding, evaluating and using information more efficiently. Please visit our Training page, to find details of what we have to offer, to help you with your studies.

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First Years - Introduction to the Library Sessions TODAY!




Fáilte - Welcome to all our new First Year Students
Welcome to all our new first year students.  We're delighted that you have chosen to come and study in NUI Galway and we will do everything we can to help you be successful in your studies.

To help you find your way around in your first weeks in NUI Galway, we are providing an information session on Library services for all first year students - "Introduction to the Library". This introduction includes an introduction to Library services and a tour around the Library.

Please sign up for a session aimed at your subject area.  Attending these sessions will save you lots of time in finding your way around the library's collections and will help you make the best possible start to your studies.

If you've any questions now or later in your studies please come to the Library's Customer Services Desk - we will be very happy to help.



Sorry for the disruption!

Apologies to those of you using the Library over the new few days, you may experience some disturbance from an increase in noise-levels.

We will be welcoming new students to NUI Galway and showing them around the Library over the next few days.

Tours for new first years will be taking place on Wednesday (11-1 and 2-6), Thursday (9-1 and 2-4) and Friday morning (9-1). 

To minimise the effect of this on your work, we would recommend using the Silent Zones on Floors 1 and 2 or the top floor of the Nursing and Midwifery Library during those times.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused!

Land - Ownership, Occupancy & Use: the O'Connor Donelan Archive


Letter from John O'Connor Donelan to his mother
21 July 1893
Land–its ownership, occupancy and use– has been a central motif in Irish history and in the Irish imagination for centuries. Land has been a source of wealth and income, as well as a key marker of social rank and political power. A history marked by confiscation and plantation resulted in the land being a site for conflicting claims and identities in Ireland. Accordingly, primary documentary records relating to Irish landed families and estates provide a rich resource for the investigation of many aspects of Irish history. 

The Archives of the Hardiman Library hold a number of landed estate collections relating to major estates and families in the West of Ireland. The O’Connor Donelan collection provides a good example of the value of such records. The papers relate to the O'Connor Donelan family of Sylane, Tuam, County Galway. The papers cover the legal dealings of the family, the management of their various lands, and personal papers relating to various family members. The bulk of the personal material relates to Thomas O'Connor Donelan (1812-1874) and his sons. His eldest son Dermot had an interest in genealogy and forestry, and his other three sons were doctors in Dublin, Leeds and Manila.
Thomas O'Connor Donelan,
c. 3 years old, c. 1870

A Galway landowning family, the O’Connor Donelan family papers relate principally to the nineteenth century, though reflecting the activities of both the Donelan and O’Connor families in earlier centuries. The papers document various aspects of the lives and range of interest and responsibilities of the family: the legal aspects of their affairs, the challenges of estate management and the personal concerns (including political activities) and contacts of family members in the nineteenth century. The collection offers the researcher a valuable case-study of a modest Galway landed estate of the nineteenth century.

Also available online from NUI Galway is the Landed Estates web site, www.landedestates.ie, a comprehensive and integrated online resource guide to landed estates and gentry houses in Connacht c.1700-1914.


Lease for Cuilmore [Peterswell, County Galway]., containing three acres, for use as a priest's residence for 999 years, at £11 per annum. 31 January 1846

Scheduled Downtime for the Library Catalogue Service (Aleph)


The Library Catalogue service (Aleph) will be unavailable between 16:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday August 26th to facilitate a database upgrade.

If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk (Tel. x5777 eMail servicedesk@nuigalway.ie). 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Science AAAS journals and Ebola research













Given the current widespread and lethal outbreak of the Ebola virus, AAAS' journals Science and Science Translational Medicine offer a freely available collection of research and news articles on the viral disease to researchers and the general public. 

Click here to view


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Provincial binders


Whilst the league of Dublin-based bookbinders may present some names familiar to us, e.g.: Mullen, Cavenagh and Bellew to name but a few, once in a while we stumble across a name that is not so familiar. Binding a fine copy of our second edition of Annals of the kingdom of Ireland (Dublin : Hodges, Smith, 1856) is the work of a Kilkenny binder known only by his last name: Landy.



The binding is a half leather affair with marbled boards, and a delicate foliated scroll across its spine bands.


If you would like to view/ consult this item, or indeed any item from the Mac Fhinn Collection, please submit an online request or contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.