James Hardiman Library

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James Hardiman Library
James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, new extension 01.JPG
Image of new entrance following extension in 2013
Country Ireland
Type University library
Location NUI Galway
Access and use
Access requirements Registered students and all staff of the University are entitled to use the Library. Graduates of NUI Galway, students from other Universities and members of the public requiring access for genuine research purposes or scholarly needs may apply to use the James Hardiman Library.
Website http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/

The James Hardiman Library (Irish: Leabharlann Shéamais Uí Argadáin) is the main library at NUI Galway in Ireland. It is situated on the main campus, beside the Arts/Science Concourse, the Arts Millennium Building and Áras na Gaelige. It is named after James Hardiman who was the first Librarian in the university. According to the library newsletter from February 2009, the library spans four floors and houses 424,843 books and 1,645 study spaces.[1] The new Midwifery and Nursing library extension opened in June 2009.[2] The extension was to house the nursing library which was previously located in Dangan.[3]

Access to Research at NUI Galway (ARAN) is the university's repository of research publications, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers and conference papers by the university's researchers, and is maintained by the James Hardiman Library.[4]


The library houses the John Huston Archive (John Huston),[5] the John McGahern Archive (John McGahern),[5] the Brendan Duddy Archive (Brendan Duddy),[6] the Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe Archive, the Druid Theatre Archive, (Druid Theatre Company) and the Lyric Theatre Archive.[5] In 2014 the Kevin Boyle (lawyer) archive was added for the study of human rights.

In 2012, the Abbey Theatre and NUI Galway formed a partnership to digitise the Abbey Theatre archive,[7] billed as the largest digital theatre archive in the world.[8] In 2016, digitisation of the Gate Theatre archives commenced.[9]


  1. ^ "inform: James Hardiman Library Newsletter, February 2009". Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Nursing and Midwifery Library". James Hardiman Library website. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/
  4. ^ "Welcome to ARAN". Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Langan, Sheila (21 January 2011). "John Huston Archive at NUI Galway". Irish Central. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Brendan Duddy Archive opened at NUI Galway". RTÉ News. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "NUI Galway & Abbey Theatre Digital Archive". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Digitised Abbey Theatre archive exhibition due to open at NUI Galway". Irish Times. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Gate Theatre Digitisation Project". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 

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