Study Facilities

NUI Galway is there for you beyond the classroom.  Find out what's on campus to help you with your studies.

The Library

The James Hardiman Library is the main University Library and is right at the heart of the campus. We also have a dedicated Medical Library which is located off-campus, in the Clinical Sciences Institute in the nearby University College Hospital.

The Library houses over 430,000 printed books, 400,000 e-books and more than 25,000 full text electronic journals across many subjects. You can access the Online Catalogue and its e-resources portal, eKnowledge through the Library Web site.

You can use the Library as soon as you have registered as a student. All you need is your student ID card.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 10pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday: 10am to 5.30pm.
Staff members are always willing to explain the services offered by the library and to introduce you to the facilities on offer.
We have a number of PC suites in the Library, and if you have a laptop, you can use the high-speed wireless access throughout the building. Photocopying and printing services are also available.

Contact the Library for more information
T +353 (0)91 493 399

Grinds register

If you feel you need help with some aspects of your course, you may want to consider getting grinds. During these private tutorials, you and your tutor can focus on particular issues that you are having difficulty with in a private, supportive environment.

Before taking grinds in any subject, you should talk to your lecturers or course director about your concerns. They are already familiar with the course materials and may offer you additional support.

On the Students' Union website, you can find a list of postgraduates or staff offering grinds to students. The Students' Union does not regulate or check any tutor's qualifications, credentials or prices. For your own benefit, you should always agree a fee with a tutor before the grind takes place and meet your tutor in a public place.

Contact the Students' Union for more information
T +353 (0)91 524 810


University bookshop

The University Bookshop is located in the basement of the Library Building. Any prescribed texts that you need for your NUI Galway courses will be available here, together with a range of lighter reading material.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am - 6pm,
Saturday: 11am - 1pm.

Contact the University Bookshop for more information
T +353 (0)91 525 318 or Internal extention: 2599

Students' Union Bookshop

The Students' Union also operate a year-round online second-hand bookshop on their website.

Contact the Students' Union for more information
T +353 (0)91 524 810

Information Solutions and Services

Once you have registered with the Admissions Office, you will get your NUI Galway Student ID card along with your computer username and password. You can then go to any of the Computer Suites on campus and log on to the university computer network. Computer services at NUI Galway are state-of-the-art and the campus network supports a range of IT facilities for registered students. You will be able to access:

  • The high-speed, campus-wide network
  • Approximately 1,600 managed computers in central locations around the campus.
  • Over 250 licensed specialist software products on campus
  • Student deals on services such as mobile broadband or software licenses
  • Scanners, CD-writers and printing services
  • The campus-wide wireless network
  • Introductory training courses that will take you through the basic steps of accessing the network, starting up software and printing
  • Help with all computer-related queries from the Information Solutions and Services Service Desk

Contact the Service Desk for more information.
T +353 (0)91 5777 or Internal extension: 5777

Irish Language Centre

Áras na Gaeilge

Áras na Gaeilge is the Irish Language Centre on campus. Irish language courses for students and other Irish-medium programmes are based there. The centre offers a range of services to students, through the Irish language. These include:
  • Bia Léinn a café for students and staff
  • A computer suite
  • Theatre facilities
  • Photocoping facilities for students

If you are an Irish-speaking student or have an interest in the Irish language, you are welcome to visit Áras na Gaeilge to use of these services.

Contact Áras na Gaeilge for more information
T +353 (0)91 495 248

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge is a way for students to stay connected to the Irish language.  It supports Irish medium courses and Irish research activity. 
An tAcadamh works in co-operation with faculties, departments and other university offices to develop innovative and flexible Irish programmes on campus and in the Acadamh's Gaeltacht centres in An Cheathrú Rua, Carna and Gaoth Dobhair.  The programmes are at both third and fourth level in Irish and inter-disciplinary levels and they contribute to the development of the Gaeltacht and the Irish language nationally.  It provides the following areas of study:
  • Communicaton Studies
  • Language Planning
  • Performing Arts
  • Information Technology
  • Education Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Applied Irish
  • Business
  • Administration and Management Studies

Contact Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge for more information
T +353 (0)91 595 101

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Grinds register
Information Solutions and Services
Irish Language Centre
Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge