If you can’t find an answer to your question here please Ask a Librarian by email: library@gmit.ie, phone: 091-742785 or call in to your nearest library.

To find books and other items in the Library, use Search + Find.
Each book, journal, video and other item in the library has a class number.

A class number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. This number may also be referred to as the ‘Shelf number’, ‘Call number’ or ‘Dewey number’. We use the Dewey Decimal Classification System to arrange books and other library materials by subjects. Because books are classified by subject, you can find related books on the same shelf, or nearby.

To see how the Dewey Decimal Classification System works view the OCLC Multimedia Tour.

There are a few options available.

So first do a journal title search for the periodical in the Library Catalogue. For example, select Journal Title, type in the title of the journal, and click Search. We may have the article available in hard copy or electronically. If we have the article in hard copy check the shelf number, and holdings information. Go to the shelf number assigned and read or photocopy the article required.

Electronically available journals may be viewed via the “Access online Resource” link from the catalogue record or by searching one of our databases. For some publications, only recent articles are available in full text online. Please note that the full text of older articles may only be available in print, although citations for the articles may be available electronically.

If you fail to find the article required in the manner mentioned you will have to request the article using our Document Supply Service.

Books can be renewed online, by phone, or in person at the library desk.
Yes, the library strives to meet the special needs of students enrolled in distance learning classes. Most of the library resources, such as the library catalogue and research databases can be accessed from home. (For more details see our Distance Learning guide)
Group study rooms, located at the Galway & Mayo campus libraries can be booked for groups of two or more students online or at the library issue desk.

A list of useful documents, including registration, student services and examination documents can be found on GMIT’s VLE.
Go to the library’s ‘Electronic Resources‘ page to view a full listing of databases the library subscribes to.
Yes, if you have the Internet and your own device. Login to all the library’s online resources, including e-books and online articles using your GMIT email address login credentials.
Read the database descriptions provided in the alphabetical listing of databases from the Electronic Resources page or ask a member of staff for assistance.
A piece of software which allow you to view PDF files. PDF is a file format that is used to electronically reproduce printed material. It is freely available @ https://www.adobe.com
Yes, contact Kathryn Briggs, Systems Librarian @ 091-742784, via email or call into the library.
Most of the databases that the library subscribes to are combination databases (some articles are available in full text others only have citations and abstracts).

Most search pages have an option to restrict your search to “full text” articles. For example, you can specify that you are only looking for full text by clicking beside “Search only my subscribed journals”

In Science Direct, we full text access to journal articles back to 1997. If the database is trying to charge you for a article after you have logged in with your GMIT credentials, the full text is not available to you within the database you are searching. If you think you should be able to get the full text of an article but are not, please contact Kathryn Briggs on 091-742784

This error could happen if you:

  • Press the back button after logging into a resource, or
  • Are not in GMIT and have used the wrong login credentials (please ensure you are using your GMIT email address and network password)
  • Try to search from a page that has been open for a long time without activity
  • Open multiple links to library resources in new browser tabs without signing in to any of them
  • If you are using session urls that are not static (i.e. if you saved a set of results from the library using the address bar and not the permalink)

Sometimes saved information in a browser or an old bookmark can cause these errors. Try to clear your browser’s cache and cookies or use another browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

To clear the cache:


  1. At the top of the “Clear browsing data” window, click Advanced.
  2. Select the following: Browsing history. Download history. Cookies and other site data. Cached images and files. …
  3. Click CLEAR DATA.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 (Win) – Clearing Cache and Cookies

  1. Select Tools (via the Gear Icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history…. …
  2. Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favourites website data and check both Temporary Internet Files and Cookies then click Delete.
  3. You will get a confirmation at the bottom of the window once it has successfully cleared your cache and cookies.


  1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History. …
  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  3. Next to “Details”, click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.

Once you have cleared the cache, start a new search from library.gmit.ie. and be sure to update any bookmarks you may have been using.

Past GMIT exam papers are available in the library in two formats. Hardcopies of exam papers are available on the exam paper shelves at your campus library. Electronic (PDF) copies of exam papers are available for the last 4 years from here.
The last 4 years of exam papers are available online from http://ezproxy.gmit.ie/login?url=http://exampapers.gmit.ie. To search exam papers on the library website you need to login with your GMIT email address and network login.
Yes. Once you have selected a paper you can view it on screen, download it or print it.
You used the browser print icon or file and print instead of the imaging software print icon. (See Exam paper guide for more information).
Select ‘Yes’ and Press Enter.
You did not tick ‘YES’ to the security warning box. If you click ‘NO’ or X out of the warning you will not be able to print out exam papers until you log off the PC and log in again.
Ask library staff at the Information Desk for help. If you’re at home, contact us at 091-742785 or library@gmit.ie

Use this facility to: check current items on loans, view book requests, see a list of previous loans and renew books.
Some functions on the webpage require you to login. If asked to login use your GMIT email address and network password. You need to login to renew or reserve books online, to view or print exam papers online, to submit a document supply request online, to see what books you have checked out previously and to access subscribed databases.

If you forget your password please use the ‘GMIT student password self-service‘.

If you are having problems logging in please contact a member of staff at the issue desk or email library@gmit.ie. If you forget your password please use the ‘GMIT student password self-service‘.
Yes, the Dublin Road campus library has 85 pcs on the ground floor on open access. The IT room also have PCs for student use. The Mayo campus has 14 student pcs and computers are also available in CCAM and Letterfrack libraries.
You must be a registered student or staff member of GMIT. You log in with your college ID and password, available from IT Centre staff during student registration.
If you have forgotten your password, you will need to contact a staff member at the IT Centre where it can be changed for you.
All student pcs have Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Access in the most recent version as licensed by GMIT IT department.