Student Services

What student support services can I avail of?

You can avail of a wide range of student support services as a part-time student. They are designed to help you in your writing and study skills, advise you on careers paths and assist you in finding sources of information for your studies. You are encouraged to avail of these services to enable you to make the most of your time at Adult Learning in NUI Galway. Our services include:

Learning supports

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers you a ‌wide range of learning supports.

The Career Development Centre

You will be assisted in the management of your own career development through a comprehensive range of guidance and information services.

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development provides information on:

  • postgraduate study, further study and funding options
  • particular occupations and employer information
  • specific career areas and employability skills
  • focus group seminars for particular groups (e.g. mature students)
  • virtual careers library with career information and useful contact details
  • career events

An audio-visual section, career CD-ROMs, psychometric test and photocopying facilities are also available at the Centre for all students.

James Hardiman Library

As a part-time student you will have full access to the James Hardiman Library. It has a wide collection of books, academic papers and journals, many of which can be accessed online. This will be of particular interest to you if you are taking your course by blended or online learning. Through the library’s wide range of electronic resources and reference material you can access all of this material from your home using an internet connection.

The library also has an expansive archive collection, a special collections area, microform/microfiche, photocopiers and computer suites. Books can generally be borrowed for a period of two weeks with an opportunity to extend the load period. Other special collection books are on desk reserve and are available only for a shorter period (e.g. one hour, three hours or one day) and must be used in library itself.

There are staff members on each floor of the library to assist you in your search and you will find study spaces on all floors and further study spaces in the basement reading room. Tours are also provided at the beginning of the academic year these will introduce you to all the facilities available. Further training opportunities on specific aspects of the library are available on a regular basis throughout the academic year (i.e. carrying out research in the library and exploring the library catalogue).

Have a look at the library’s website on for more information on the full range of its services to students.

Disability Support Services

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development welcomes students with disabilities and a range of supports are offered. Please consult our DSS Handbook CALPD for further information.