Friday, 29 July 2016

Library August Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours

If you are planning on studying over the August Bank Holiday weekend the James Hardiman Library will be open as follows:

Saturday 30th July:    10.00-17.00

Monday 1st August:    10.00-17.00

The Library will be closed on Sunday 31st July, however the Library Reading Room at basement level will be open as normal daily from 07.00-02.30 over the entire weekend.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Reading List Service Training Session: 1200, Thursday 4th August

A training session demonstrating our new Reading List Service takes place from 1200-1315 on Thursday, August 4th in the Library Training Room.

Book a Place.
This service is aimed at lecturers or any teaching/administrative staff involved in reading list provision.
This new teaching support service integrates:
  • Your reading lists hosted online
  • Blackboard
  • Library resources
  • Library ordering & article/chapter scanning
Further information on the Reading List Service including a user guide and video tutorials is available here.

Our weekly training sessions will demonstrate the following:
  • Creating & editing reading lists online
  • Bookmarking/linking to full text
  • Structuring lists
  • Publishing lists
  • Adding lists to Blackboard
If none of the dates suit, please contact and an alternative date can be arranged.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Library - Extended Opening Hours - Autumn Exams

In the lead up to, and throughout, the Autumn Exam period the James Hardiman Library
 will be offering extended opening hours as follows:

25 July -14 August

Monday - Thursday:   08.30-22.00
Friday:                      08.30-17.30
Saturday:                  10.00-17.00
Sunday:                    Closed

August Bank Holiday (Monday 1st August)   
10.00 - 17.00

"Riders upon galloping horses" - The Galway Races from the Archives

Cover of programme, Galway Races, 1969
An evening at the Galway races over a century ago inspired the poet W.B. Yeats to write a poem especially to mark what he had experienced. Written at the home of his friend and collaborator, Lady Augusta Gregory, Coole Park, in county Galway in 1908, "At the Galway Races" sums up the spectacle, passion and revelry that the unique annual Galway race meeting brings. There is also a series of watercolour sketches by Jack.B Yeats which depict various scenes from the Galway Races, race meetings, horse and trade fairs in the West of Ireland dating from 1900 and which are on display in our Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

At Galway Races
There where the course is,
Delight makes all of the one mind,
The riders upon the galloping horses,
The crowd that closes in behind:
. . . .
Its flesh being wild, and it again
Crying aloud as the racecourse is,

And we find hearteners among men
That ride upon horses."                                  

Within the archives of the Hardiman Library is a race card from the centennial meeting of the Galway Races. The 1969 meeting marked 'a century of racing at Ballybrit' and in particular, its centrepiece event, the Galway Plate. The programme includes a note on the history of the races written by Christy Townley, then Librarian of the Hardiman Library, U.C.G., as the University was then known. 

The runners and riders for the centennial plate race are listed - thirteen listed starters in all. The prize money is detailed and the distance noted as being "two miles and about five furlongs". The owner of the race-card lists the placed finishers with the winner of the 1969 Galway Plate being "Royal Day", owned by Mr. P. Dunne Cullinan and trained by P. Sleator. (there is no evidence that this racegoer had the winner backed!)

Entrants in Galway Plate, 1969
Also of note on the back cover of the programme is a tip for "an essential for Galway Week . . ." and being "a credit or deposit account with Tote Investors (Ireland) Ltd." Hopefully that 'credit account' did not grow too large. 

Happy race-going to all!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

French Playboys of the Western World - From the Archives

As the build-up begins to the awarding of the designation of European Capital of Culture, a look into the archives reveal endless cultural exchanges between Galway, its people, place and of course culture and the continent. In 1984, La Baladin du Monde Occidental (The Playboy of the Western World) a French translation of the iconic play written by J.M Synge, was produced in Galway by a French theatre group - Théâtre du Pré Perché, a theatre group from Brittany. The play was produced at the Jesuit Hall in Salthill, a venue also used by other theatre groups such as Druid Theatre Company on various occasions.

A further French production of 'Le Balladin' and a programme for which is within the Druid Theatre Company archives at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, is a production by 'Théâtre des Treize Vents', the national dramatic centre of the region of Langeudoc-Roussillon, based in Montpellier. The programme contains numerous articles on the history of the play, information on the culture and history of the West of Ireland and a biography of Synge.

In 1896, Synge had a chance encounter with the poet and dramatist, W. B. Yeats, who gave Synge the now famous advice, which was to give up Paris and go to the Aran Islands. "Live there as if you were one of the people themselves; express a life that has never found expression." As well as the volume of essays published by Synge in his "The Aran Islands", the infamous 'Playboy' was born from that trip and as can be seen in these images, brought the wild stories of Christy Mahon to the French  language.  

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: 2,700+ fulltext articles

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is the biggest online encyclopedia for Philosophy. It is continually growing and currently contains over 2,700 full text articles written by leading scholars offering an unparalleled breadth and diversity of subjects across Philosophy. 
There are multiple ways to search for the content you are looking for. For example you can browse by the following subject areas:
  • Topics
  • Periods
  • Regions
  • Religions

Each article has been cross referenced allowing quick and easy navigation for users.

Access is available via

Monday, 4 July 2016

New titles added to our catalogue

Now that summer is here, 2 titles recently added to our catalogue, received under copyright may be of interest. Both books are published by Collins Press, Cork.

Wild swimming in Ireland: discover 50 places to swim in rivers, lake and the sea by Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge - class no. 797.2109415  McCO


At swim: a book about the sea by Brendan MacEvilly with Michael O'Reilly - class no. 797.2109415 MacE

Note:  Swimming is a risk sport

Friday, 1 July 2016

How to Access Databases


How To Access Databases

Finding databases is a very simple process:
  • To choose a specific database you type the database name into the search box on the library homepage. 
  • To see what databases are available on a specific topic you need to go to the list on the Subject Support pages.
  • You will need to use the 'Including Articles' functionality for cross searching across different databases. Remember, you have to be signed in first for this to work.
  • If you want to find certain types of databases, e.g. reference, statistics, etc., then on the catalogue page choose 'Browse Search'. On the new page, choose 'By subject' in the drop-down list, and then type "databases [type]". So "databases reference" would bring a list of the reference resources the Library subscribes to:

Note that links to Online Tutorials can be found on the right hand side under 'Details'

Making Your Own Database Lists In The Catalogue

Your Subject Support pages already have comprehensive lists of relevant databases in your discipline.
However, you might want to create a list of resources from other disciplines. It's very easy to do this:

  • Sign into your Library Account in the catalogue as always
  • Search for the database you want to save
  • When the search results appear, you'll see a star beside every result. Just click on the star and the database will save to your e-shelf. Simple!