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Heritage Collections

The Library at University of Galway is proud to be the custodian of a rich and growing suite of Heritage Collections, consisting of Archival, Print and Digital Heritage Collections. Areas of focus for our archival collections are literature, theatre, film and the performing arts, as well as historical and political collections, all including significant Irish-language and regional material.

Complementing the archives are special collections, whose particular strengths include folklore, Irish-language materials and travel literature relating to Ireland. Digital Collections and Digitisation of our print collections is an area of growing importance in our delivery of Heritage Collections to support the learning, teaching and research activities of the University.

Heritage Collections Team

Through both physical and digital access, our heritage collections are embedded in and enhance teaching programmes across campus, spanning a wide range of disciplines. We actively encourage and support academic staff to use archival material in their teaching and always seek to increase academic engagement with our collections. Similarly, we encourage students to make use of the wide ranging and unique material held in our library to enhance their course-work and wider learning experience. Please contact the Archivists, if you seek further information on how our collections might enhance and complement your teaching and learning.

Our team ensure that heritage collections are preserved, discoverable and accessible for research, learning and knowledge exchange locally, nationally and internationally. Our Archives and Special Collections Reading Room service is at the heart of service and a principle point of access to our physical collections. Find out more about the different aspects of our service below.

Any Questions

Catriona Cannon

Catriona Cannon

Head of Heritage Collections and Digitisation
Email: catriona.cannon@universityofgalway
091 49 3399