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Services & Facilities




GMIT Library is Committed to the Provision of High Quality Library Services and Facilities for all Users.

GMIT has four libraries in different campus locations.

Students, staff and external members are welcome to use any of the library services and facilities, as long as they are registered with GMIT.

GMIT Libraries operate a quiet study atmosphere and users are expected to respect fellow library users.


Our Libraries

  1. Galway - Dublin Rd.
  2. Galway - Centre for Creative Arts & Media (CCAM)
  3. Mayo
  4. Letterfrack - National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Technology



  • Full / Part Time Students - Membership automatically conferred
  • Full / Part Time Staff - Membership automatically conferred
    (signature from Head of Department)
  • Evening Students - €6.00 for duration of course
  • Alumni/Graduates - €30.00 per year
  • External Members* - €50.00 per year or €25.00 for 6 months
    External Fees not applicable in Mayo
  • Corporate - €200.00 per year for 5 named members of staff

Evening students, alumni, external members and corporate members must complete a membership form and have their photo taken, along with the appropriate fee in order to join. The library will then issue them with a library ID card in due course.

Connacht Ulster Alliance / Athlone IT Cluster Reciprocal Borrowing
  • The library has a reciprocal borrowing initiative in place with our Connacht Ulster Alliance /Athlone IT library colleagues.
  • GMIT staff and students can now borrow two items for one week from either IT Sligo, Athlone IT or Letterkenny IT.
  • Two renewals on items will be possible and the items must be returned to the IT from which they were borrowed.
  • Application forms can completed in GMIT or in the other participating library.
GMIT / NUIG Reciprocal Library Membership
  • All current staff and current research postgrads are entitled to avail of access and borrowing privileges in NUIG library.
  • You can now borrow 6 items for 4 weeks and also avail of online access to their electronic resources via 2 dedicated PCs located in the James Hardiman Library. You cannot access these resources remotely. You can only access them on site and via these 2 dedicated PCs in the library.
  • To avail of this service you will have to apply 1 day in advance to GMIT library. GMIT will forward your details to NUIG and you can attend NUIG on the following day.
  • Present yourself at the information desk in the James Hardiman library with your GMIT ID card. NUIG will then issue you with a NUIG ID card that will enable you to use the library.
  • NUIG library rules and procedures will apply for NUIG material and it is important to point out that NUIG may charge for overdue fines etc.
  • Please ensure you ask for information on their library policy.
  • All items borrowed from NUIG will have to be returned by you by the due date. Lost items will have to be paid for.


General Library Rules

  1. Silence must be observed at all times.
  2. Mobile phones must be switched off in the library. A €5 on the spot fine will be imposed for breach of this rule.
  3. Eating and drinking (except for bottled water) are prohibited in the library.
  4. Chewing gum is strictly prohibited.
  5. Seats may be reserved for fifteen minutes only by leaving a note stating time of departure. Any place left unattended for longer may be cleared by Library staff for use by another reader. The library is not responsible for any property left unattended.
  6. Readers should check their bags and folders if they have been left unattended.
  7. Readers should not attempt to leave the library with an item that has not been checked into their account. Activation of the library security system will impose a €5 fine.
  8. Any instance of theft or willful damage to library resources, equipment or furniture will be referred to the GMIT Disciplinary Committee. Anyone found defacing a book will be fined €25 and must also pay the cost of replacement.
  9. Books being taken out of the Library must be shown to staff if requested.
  10. The Librarian may for good cause, and subject to appeal to the Library Committee, suspend any person from use of the library.
  11. Fire exits must be kept clear at all times.
  12. Readers must vacate the Library and the building immediately by the nearest emergency exit when asked to do so because of an emergency or the threat of fire. The instructions of Fire Marshals must be followed.



  1. A GMIT ID must be presented at the circulation desk for each transaction. A reader wishing to borrow from the library may be asked to complete a registration card.
  2. All items borrowed must be returned or renewed (if possible) by the time/date due.
  3. The borrower is responsible for the safekeeping of a book until it has been returned and the loan record cancelled. Borrowers may not transfer an item they have borrowed to another person.
  4. Books may be renewed if not requested by other borrowers.
  5. Upon receipt of an urgent recall notice, or phone call, a book must be returned within 24 hours.
  6. A fine will be charged on each volume overdue.
  7. A reader damaging or losing a book belonging to the Library, shall be liable to pay the cost of a replacement copy.
  8. Journals, reference material and some special collections such as Government Publications may not be borrowed.
  9. The Librarian may, at his or her discretion, stop the lending out of books in immediate demand and reserve them for consultation within the library.
  10. Borrowing privileges may be withdrawn on infringement of these regulations.


No. of Books
Loan Period

Full-time student


1 week

20c per day

Part-time student


1 week

20c per day

Full-time staff


1 month


Part-time staff


1 month




1 month

20c per day



1 month

20c per day

External Members*


1 month

20c per day

Distance Learners


1 month

20c per day



1 month

20c per day

* Not applicable to the Mayo Campus Library, click here for further information.

€10 Fine for Late Return of 'On Hold' Books
A fine of €10.00 will be placed on the account of patrons who fail to return books requested by another borrower. This fine will be placed only after the patron has been contacted by library staff by text and phone call and given 2 days to return the item. We hope this will eliminate the practice of holding on to heavily used and requested items in the lead up to exams.



Annual Reports

The Dublin Rd. library holds a large collection of company annual reports. These are housed in alphabetical order by company name on the ground floor at the end of the library next to government publications. Many of these reports are available online.


The Library currently holds approximately 130,000 volumes, the majority of which are for general loan. However, some volumes are for use in the library only (marked Desk Reserve or Reference).

All books (excluding fiction titles, which are shelved alphabetically by author) are shelved in subject order according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Search our collection on the library catalogue.


E-books are available to read online or download through MultiSearch. Included in the library's collection is Ebrary's Academic Complete Collection offering access to over 80,000 e-books across most academic subjects.


Many of the journals (periodicals or magazines) that GMIT Libraries subscribe to are currently available online. GMIT Libraries currently have access to over 80,400 full-text journals online.

All of our journals, in print or electronic format, can be found through MultiSearch.  You can access a list of all the journals available online by using our E-Journals portal.

Library users viewing our journal titles online will experience different types of access depending on the title. Some allow full archive searching of all back issues and give you full text articles, some will only give abstracts (summaries) or TOC's (tables of contents); while others may only have a selection of what's available in the printed version. Certain titles require the user to be a subscriber to the print version and will insist on IP recognition or username and password access. If you are accessing from any computer in GMIT, the IP recognition should work, if the journal site is requesting a username and password please check with the library.


The Library uses the term ‘database’ to describe a searchable online resource. Usually, the Library pays for access, however, some databases are free to use. Using the databases provided by the Library will help you find reliable and credible information from trusted sources.

You can find a variety of information, including: journal articles; abstracts; citation information; newspaper articles; e-books; images and illustrations.

Use MultiSearch to search our databases. Please note that MultiSearch does not index all the library databases – some resources have to be searched separately.

Exam Papers

Print copies of past exam papers are available in the library, they are shelved in the first row of shelves opposite the main door on the ground floor of the Dublin Rd. library (opposite the library information desk). They are for use in the library only but can be photocopied.

The last 5 years of exam papers are available from the library catalogue. These papers can be viewed/printed on and off campus if you are a registered student or staff member of GMIT. Authentication is required before exam papers can be accessed. Users will have to type in their name, ID barcode number and PIN number. Pin numbers can be created and modified in the option "My Library Account" from the the library homepage.

Government publications

Government publications are documents and information produced by government departments and central government organizations. They include legislative documents, policy documents, discussion documents, statistics and reports.

The print collection consists of Irish government publications, these are held on the ground floor of the Dublin Rd. Library.

The library catalogue lists government publications held in the Library - these items can not be borrowed. However, a number of government publications are available electronically from the Government of Ireland website.


GMIT Libraries subscribe to approx 400 print journal titles.

A journal is an academic magazine published on a regular basis. It contains articles written by experts in a particular field of study. Journals are a good source of up-to-date information; browse regularly to keep up with new developments in your subject or industry.

Current journals are arranged in the same way as our book stock, according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The most recent issue for each title is on display and older issues of the current year can be found by lifting the shelf.

Our current journal stock is located on the ground floor of the Dublin Rd. library behind the stairs. Back issues of journals from the previous year (Dewey 001-499 & 700-999) are bound or boxed and are located further down the library after the current journals. Bound journals in the range 500-699 are located upstairs on the left hand side along the walls and continue at the end of the library. All journals are for library use only.

A full listing of our journals including online journals is available from the library catalogue.

To search for a specific journal title go to Journal title search and type in the journal title, for example: Accountancy. If there is more than one journal title beginning with the word 'Accountancy' then a list will appear and you click on the title you are interested in. If there is only one title then the record for that title will appear on the screen with all the bibliographic information. To look at the hard copy make a note of the Dewey (shelf number) from the location area. The record will also tell you how long we keep the journal for under 'lib has' for example 1999-.


An extensive collection of CDs, DVDs, video, audio, microfiche and microfilm is available for loan, a small amount are for library use only.


The library subscribes to the following newspapers in print:

  • The Connaught Telegraph
  • The Connaught Tribune
  • The Cork Examiner
  • The Financial Times
  • The Irish Independent
  • The Irish Times
  • The Galway Advertiser
  • The Guardian
  • The Sunday Business Post
  • The Times

Daily papers can be browsed in the newspaper area (on the right of the main staircase on entering the Dublin Rd. library). The library also keeps a limited print archive, please enquire at the desk.

Online access is available for a number these papers.

National Local British

The Dublin Rd. library holds a large collection of prospectuses for colleges in both Ireland and the UK. These are housed in the upper floor adjacent to the careers collection. Items are boxed by location on the dedicated shelves

Prospectuses and careers' material are for library use only.


Theses written by GMIT students are held at the Library Desk for use in the library only. Lists of Degree, Masters and Doctoral theses are available here.

Cual, the institutional repository developed by the libraries in GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, hosts extensive research material from staff and students in the three colleges including Masters and Doctoral theses. Access the repository of research to view theses online. Please note no undergraduate theses are available online.

Non-GMIT theses that are not available online may be requested through our Inter Library Loans department. Please note their availability will depend on the policies of the holding library and not GMIT.



Library PCs are for study and research purposes only.

  • Users are not permitted to create, store or transmit defamatory material, or material which infringes copyright or intellectual property rights, or discriminates in any way, or is offensive, obscene or abusive, or which contravenes the law of the state (in particular the Data Protection Act or the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998). See GMIT Code of Student Conduct.
  • Users are not permitted to make any unauthorized adjustments to any Library IT equipment, settings or software.
  • Access to the internet is for research and educational purposes only.
  • Please ensure you logout of PC's when you are finished.


Copying & Printing

  • Before being able to copy or print you must first credit your account.
  • Students credit their account for photocopying and printing using the top-up kiosks.
  • All PCs located within the library are connected to a networked printer.
  • Photocopying and printing is charged at 10c per A4 black & white page and 20c per A4 colour page page.
  • If you are copying on to acetates, please make sure to ask a staff member for help prior to starting to copy. Acetates must be purchased at the library issue desk for the colour copier at a cost of 40c.



All Libraries have Wi-Fi access.

  • Students and staff of GMIT can connect to Wi-Fi using their GMIT login username and password.
  • Visiting students from institutions participating in the eduroam service can use this service to obtain access to the Internet.
  • Guest Wi-Fi is available for external members. Wi-Fi is not available for visitors.


Study Areas

GMIT libraries offer a variety of types of study spaces. You can choose to work quietly on your own at a study desk, individually at a PC, sit in a comfortable chair and read, or work with a group of students in one of our study rooms at selected campus libraries.. Members are free to use any of our campus libraries regardless of their discipline.

Available study space:

  • Individual study spaces
  • 15 group study rooms
  • Silent zone areas for individual study
  • Training room for library inductions
  • IT room for library instruction
  • Archive room
  • Independent Learning Unit with assistive technology
  • 100 PCs on open access
  • Multimedia viewing stations
  • Individual study spaces
  • Open access PCs
  • Multimedia viewing stations
  • Individual study areas
  • Open access PCs
  • Group study rooms
  • Multimedia viewing stations
  • Individual study areas
  • Open access PCs


Self Service

Galway library is pleased to provide a self service unit for issuing and returning books. This may be used by any patron who has set up his/her account on 'My Library Account'

You will be asked to scan your library ID card into to the slot provided, key your PIN and then simply scan the barcodes of each book, usually located just inside the front cover. When you are finished scanning books, remove your card from the slot and your receipt will print out confirming the return due date for your borrowed items.

To return items, choose 'return items' on the touch screen and scan each item in the same manner as above. You can then place them into the box provided on the right hand side.


Users with Disabilities

The Library is committed to providing an inclusive library environment so that all readers have complete and equitable access to the entire Library service.

Galway library has an independent learning unit solely intended for use by registered students with disabilities.

It contains a large range of equipment and software intended to make the academic challenge that bit easier for those with physical or other disabilities.

Services available:
  • Specialist software for those with visual, reading and motion difficulties
  • Scanners to enable text enlargement and manipulation
  • Equipment to help those with sensory disabilities
  • 4 high spec PCs with cd/rw capability
  • Photocopying
Specialist equipment:
  • Aladdin Genie Pro personal reader
  • Quicklink pen for scanning lines of text
  • Large keys keyboard
  • Roller Ball Plus Range trackball
  • Roller Ball Plus Range Joystick
  • Earpiece headsets
  • Olympia Portable Magnifier
  • Intelikeys keyboard
Specialist software:
  • Kurtzweil 1000: an advanced scanning and reading solution for the blind and visually impaired
  • Kurtzweil 3000: this is the leading writing and reading solution for individuals of all ages with learning difficulties like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other literacy difficulties
  • TextHelp Read and Write: this product will read aloud as you type or read any document. It works with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email and the Internet
  • Zoomtext: this is adaptive software that integrates multiple technologies to achieve a total low-vision solution. It combines a fully integrated magnifier (which can be adapted to suit the level of low vision) with speech output, designed specifically for the low-vision computer user
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking Dictation Software: Dictation software which allows users to speak naturally and works with all PC applications
  • Microsoft Office suite of products

The Independent Learning Unit may only be used by those individuals with a defined need for assistive products and support. Queries on the services and products available in the Independent Learning Unit should be addressed to the Student Services department.

Any student who feels he or she has a genuine requirement in this area should register with the college Special Needs Tutor ext. 2375, in the Student Services department.

Download the Independent Learning Guide (pdf)