Thursday, 11 October 2018

Library Print Journals on Floor 1

Library Print Journals  on Floor 1

Over the last two years the entire library’s print journal collection has been merged and are all housed in the journals area towards the rear of Floor 1.  On the library catalogue they are listed as FL1J.  There are no longer journals kept on Floor 2, Nursing Library or in the Law area.  The space created by these moves has been put to good use making room  for more study spaces for students!

Friday, 5 October 2018

Adam Matthew Digital Archives

Adam Matthew Digital Archives

Wednesday 10th October 1230-1330


James Hardiman Library

(Nursing & Midwifery PC Suite)


Booking Required here

Join Dr Ben Lacey to discuss digital archives from Adam Matthew that are available through NUIG Library.

There will be
  • a tour of the digitised documents and the websites
  • a look at how they are made
  • how they can be used in teaching
  • how the full-text data can add to research
  • a chance to ask questions.

NUI Galway Adam Matthew collections are:

Eighteenth Century Journals II
Empire Online  
Medieval Travel Writing
Perdita Manuscripts


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Problems Finding E-Journals or Articles? It's Not You, It's Us.

Now that the start of term has commenced, the NUI Galway community will be back using the Library's resources. You'll have seen that we have a brand new search interface to search the Library Catalogue.
The new search interface is full of intelligent features to help enhance your experience of the Library's collections. It's designed to find the right result quicker and more effectively for you.

Unfortunately, it also has some teething problems.

You might find some odd inconsistencies when you're looking for an e-journal or a link to an article from and e-journal. For example you may be searching for a journal, and when the catalogue says the journal is available, you'll get a message like the one below saying there are no results for the record:

So it looks like we've no access to the journal you're looking for.

However, if you press F5 or Ctrl+F5 to refresh the screen, the links to the content will now appear for you:

This is down to an annoying, unpredictable bug in the software we use to power our search interface.
We're sorry about this - it's annoying and frustrating, and we're fully aware of how messy it can make things for you.
The Tech support people behind the search interface have been made aware of this, and we've made them fully aware also of the consequences of this bug on you, the NUI Galway user community.

Again, we apologise for the inconsistent results you'll see until the bug has been fixed. 
So until it's been fully fixed, if you find yourself looking at a screen for a journal that says no fulltext available, just press Ctrl+F5 a couple of times to refresh the menu.

Once the bug has been fully fixed, we're certain you're going to find the seamless experience of the new user interface to be an enriching tool to use.

Friday, 21 September 2018

IEEE Xplore Access Disruptions Friday 21st September

Due to scheduled maintenance, IEEE Xplore users may experience intermittent access issues from 18:30 - 20:30 on Friday, 21 September. We anticipate that the site may be unavailable for a portion of this time.

We apologise in advance for any disruption this may cause.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Naxos Music Library - now available

Access to Naxos Music Library is now available as part of Library support for the new BA in Music.

Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 140,330 CDs with more than 2,172,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

The contents of Naxos Music Library can be searched by composer, work, genre and label; by keyword search; and by an advanced search engine with up to 11 combined search criteria. In addition to allowing users to listen to recordings, liner notes are provided for many recordings.

Furthermore, a vast array of background information is available.

Resources include:
  • Audio book transcriptions about the history of classical music and opera with listening examples
  • Libretti and synopses of over 700 operas
  • A pronunciation guide for composer and artist names
  • A glossary
  • An overview of important musical terms
  • Work analyses
  • Work details with instrumentation, publishers, duration, other information and available recordings
  • Classical music podcasts

Collection Development

Friday, 14 September 2018

Met Opera on Demand - now available

In support of the new BA in Music, the Library has taken out a subscription to Met Opera on Demand, an online streaming database of full-length opera performances from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

The archive consists of 650 performances, going back seventy years, offering video and audio streaming of the Met's classic repotoire.

The composers range from Mozart, Handel, Puccini, Bizet, Benjamin Britten and contemporaries such as John Adams.

Performers include:
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Kiri Te Kanawa 
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Jon Vickers

Also included:
  • More than 100 presentations from the Met’s award-winning "Live in HD" series of global cinema transmissions
  • Classic Met telecasts dating from 1977, including "Aida" starring Leontyne Price, "La Bohème" starring Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto, Jon Vickers as Otello, and more
  • More than 400 radio broadcast performances dating back to 1935, representing many of the most popular operas ever composed 
  • All Met Opera on Demand videos offer English subtitles

Collection Development

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Poets in the Library

Chad Norman
The James Hardiman Library welcomes Chad Norman, a poet from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. Chad will be reading from his oeuvre of poetry, which covers 35 years of writing, most recently Selected & New Poems, by Mosaic Press.

Chad will be joined by local poets contributing readings from their work. Celeste Augé hails originally from Northern Ontario, but has called Ireland home from the age of 12 years. Celeste's works include The Essential Guide to Flight, published by Co. Clare's Salmon Poetry. We will also welcome Gerry Hanberry, whose collections of work includes What Our Shoes Say About Us, also published by Salmon.
We're very excited to be welcoming these poets to the Library on Culture Night.
A light lunch will be provided afterwards. Please book for catering purposes!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

IEEE Xplore Access Disruptions Friday 7th Septmeber

Due to scheduled maintenance, IEEE Xplore users may experience intermittent access issues from 18:30 - 20:30 on Friday, 7 September
We anticipate that the site may be unavailable for a portion of this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Students - Become a Gale Ambassador, €570 on offer!

Gale is seeking to recruit two NUI Galway students to become Gale Ambassadors. Gale publishes primary source digital archive collections such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Economist Historical Archive, The Times Digital Archive, State Papers Online and many more, all of which you can access via the Library catalogue.

The selected students will undertake awareness-building activities, so more students will find out about and use these archives. Gale Ambassadors will be paid €570.

Benefits of becoming a Gale Ambassador:
*Business experience: You will be working directly with the marketing team at Gale throughout the course of the programme and gain great experience of the ins and outs of working in a business.
*Work publication: Writing for Gale's blog, The Gale Review, can raise your publication profile and provide accessible, online evidence of your work with Gale.
*Public speaking experience: This is a skill applicable to numerous jobs and a great addition to your CV.
*Personal Research: Whilst undertaking the activities required by the scheme, you will also be improving your own research skills and discovering new sources for your own studies.

The Gale Ambassador scheme will run throughout the 2018-19 academic year. You can complete the following activities at a time most convenient to you, as long as they’re spread out through the year.

*Blogging: Write 4 blog posts (600-700 words) for our company blog, The Gale Review
*Social Media: Post 20 times throughout the year about our archives on social media
*Live Events: Organise 4 live events (e.g. speaking slot in a lecture or a peer-to-peer training session)
*Market Research: Survey at least 10 students on their study patterns and experiences using Gale’s resources.

How to apply: Send the following to by Wednesday 12th September 2018.

1. Your subject (plus module names) and year of study for the coming academic year (2018-19)
2. Your CV
3. A short video of yourself (no more than 5 minutes and ideally in MP4 format) explaining:
§ What you would say to students in a lecture to emphasise the value of primary sources
§ 2 ideas to increase awareness of the digital resources at your university, and/or how to use the Gale databases
§ Any other reasons you’d be good for the role!
(Video files will be too large to email. One way of getting the file across is to use ‘We Transfer’ ( – the free version will work fine. Use the small box on the left-hand side of the screen to upload your file, type in the recipient email address ( and your own, then press ‘Transfer’. We will receive a link which will allow us to download your video.)

*Note: Gale is running an in-person training session for all its ambassadors on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September at the University of Oxford, one of the universities running the scheme. The training session is vital, as it will provide thorough coverage of Gale’s resources and research tools. Gale will cover the costs of travel to and from Oxford, food and accommodation.*

Monday, 30 July 2018

Extended Autumn Exam Opening Hours

We hope everyone has been enjoying this glorious summer.

If you're going to be on campus these next few weeks to study for Autumn exams, please note our extended opening hours. These start today, July 30, and run through August 19.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

New IEEE Xplore Platform Features

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

On 31 July, IEEE Xplore will upgrade to a new search engine.

This new search engine allows for a much more integrated experience and offers users:
  • The ability to include wildcards with phrased searches
  • The ability to include search operators such as AND, OR, NOT, NEAR, and ONEAR via the Basic Search
  • Search that is optimized across a variety of file types including PDF, HTML, audio, and video
  • An improved process for saved searches
  • A foundation for future platform enhancements such as semantic enrichment, smarter recommendations, and concept/entity extraction
Please note, all saved searches and search histories will carry over to the new system. There may be instances where the number of results returned may be slightly different than expected due to the change in search logic so we recommend that all users review their new results and modify the query, if needed. To expand the number of results returned, you can include an OR operator between multiple term searches. For more information, please visit the IEEE Xplore Resources Center.

Any new saved searches created on 30 July 2018 will not be carried over with the 31 July release.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Coming Soon – a new Library Search and Discovery interface

Please have a sneak preview of our new Library interface here

It’s still in development and your feedback will help us make it even better!

Send any feedback to  


Monday, 9 July 2018

The AWC is Open in July

The AWC is back. 

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This is a special initiative to aid student retention. 

Over the next three weeks, we will have several workshops and plenty of one-on-one consultations. 

Repeat students and MA students are especially welcome, but we'd like to help as many other NUIG students as we can. 

To book one-on-one consultation, please email with the subject line JULY.

The links to workshops are below:

Group Write-In (An AWC Workshop)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 from 11:00 to 13:00 (BST)

Writing and Exams (An AWC Workshop)

Monday, 16 July 2018 from 11:00 to 13:00 (BST)

Group Write-In (An AWC Workshop)

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 from 11:30 to 13:30 (BST)

Dyslexia and Academic Writing (An AWC Workshop)

Friday, 20 July 2018 from 11:00 to 13:00 (BST)

Writing, Editing, and Time-Management (An AWC Workshop)

Monday, 23 July 2018 from 11:30 to 13:30 (BST)

Group Write-In (An AWC Workshop)

Friday, 27 July 2018 from 11:30 to 13:30 (BST)

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Access to the Library Reading List System Now Restored

The Library Reading List System is now available again. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Collection Development

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Problems Accessing Library Resources

Update: 18:00 Wednesday

Access to the Library system, eBooks and resources from off-campus has been restored. 

We apologies for the inconvenience caused during this outage, the issue was a hardware issue and was out of our control.


Due to server issues, we're currently experiencing difficulties while accessing resources from off-campus. Access over campus wifi may also be affected, as will access to various ebooks whether on campus or off-campus.

ISS have been notified and are investigating the problem.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Taylor & Francis Platform - Off-Campus Access *Restored*

Update Mon 28th 13:00
Access to Taylor & Francis has been restored. You may need to clear out your cache and cookies from your browser if you're still encountering problems.

Off-campus access to the Taylor & Francis platform may be problematic for some users at the moment due to IP address difficulties.

We have contacted the vendor about the problem, and access will hopefully be restored soon. On-campus access should remain unaffected.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause our users.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Database trial ends 11 June - International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013

The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013 charts the history of the 20th century from luxury travel and opulent entertainment, to international conflicts, the spread of American culture abroad and globalisation.

The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013 features the complete archive of the International Herald Tribune from its origins as the European Edition of The New York Herald and later the European Edition of the New York Herald Tribune. The archive ends with the last issue of the International Herald Tribune before its relaunch as the International New York Times.

Access to this database trial is available until Monday 11 June 2018 from the database trials page.
Your feedback on this trial is welcome, please complete the feedback form.

Collection Development

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Resolved - Network Problems - Saturday May 12th

With many thanks to our colleagues in ISS, the problem with off campus login to library resources is now resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.


There are currently problems with the network which are affecting access to services. If you are off-campus or on campus wifi, these problems will be widespread.

ISS have been notified of the disruptions to services.
We apologise for this inconvenience, especially to those students who are in the middle of exams.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Login to Library Services Unavailable - Service Restored

Login to Library Services Unavailable - Service Restored

As of 17:00 login to the Library site and associated services has been restored. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this outage. 

Unfortunately the login facility for logging into library services is currently unavailable.  You can still access library online resources if you are on campus, however off campus access is unavailable for the time being.  

We would like to apologise for this outage at what we know is a stressful time for students.  We have alerted ISS and hope that the service can be restored as quickly as possible.

Sunday 29th April 16:30pm