Friday, December 3, 2010


LIT Library is glad to announce that both Clare St. Library and Moylish Library will open Saturday December 4th & 11th 2010.

Opening times are :
9.30a.m. – 1.15p.m. – Full issue desk service
1.15p.m. – 5.00p.m. – Reading room service

Thursday, December 2, 2010


The Library is pleased to announce that free trial access for the Limerick Institute of Technology has now been activated for the following Oxford Online resources:

· Oxford Dictionaries Online - an innovative new modern English dictionary and language reference service.

Oxford Dictionaries Online gives you instant access to more than 350,000 definitions and 600,000 synonyms and antonyms, a vast bank of linked example sentences, and detailed writing, grammar and spelling guidance.

· Oxford Scholarship Online - Business & Management module.

Oxford Scholarship Online is a vast and rapidly expanding cross-searchable library which now offers quick and easy access to the full text of over 4,000 of the very best scholarly Oxford books in Biology, Business and Management, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion and Social Work.

· Oxford Handbooks Online - Business & Management module.

Oxford Handbooks Online is a cross-searchable reference offering full text of over 2,000 essays from the prestigious Oxford Handbooks collection.

To access Oxford Online resources go to the library homepage
Please choose On-line resources → Database trials from the menu and follow the instructions
for access.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Well, it happened like this, a very sweet girl came into the LSAD library and donated some novels, she said she had read them all and would like to give them to us as she noted that each one had a story line connected to Art (“The Immaculate Deception” by Iain Pears, “Theft” by Peter Carey, “Headlong; A novel” by Michael Frayn.) Well, with that we began a verbal challenge amongst each other- “name a novel about art” (who said Librarians were nerds!) and the competition has now become very, very competitive! We came up with quite a few, for example: ”The girl with the pearl earring” by Tracy Chevalier, “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown, “Cat’s Eye” by Margaret Atwood, ”An Artist of the floating world” by Ishiguro Kazuo... So, come on, give it a go and if you come up with any do let us know….

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nexis UK and Lexis Library Database Training

Hi All,
there will be training sessions on "Nexis UK" and "Lexis Library" in the Library Computer Room in Moylish on the 2nd and 3rd of November.
Nexis UK- the world's largest and most trusted collection of news, company, people, industry, regulatory and legal content taken from 35,000 sources from 1975 to present day, covering all the world's major and emerging markets
Lexix Library-previously known as LexixNexis Butterworths. lawyers and Information Professionals can quickly find up-to-date information, resources and expert opinion from established names such as Butterworths, Tolley and Halsbury's.
Training times
10 a.m, 2p.m. and 3p.m. on Tuesday 2nd November (Nexix UK hands on session)
10a.m. Wednesday 3rd November (Lexis Library hands on session)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Hi All, we're delighted to have you all back, It's been a lonely 'ol Summer without the vast majority of our students and patrons.
However in your absence we have spring cleaned and bought, bought, bought! We have fantastic new book stocks in both campus libraries (check out "new books" on our homepage), a seriously amazing new DVD collection (10 new Stanley Kubricks, 7-49 Up, Fellini's 8 1/2 weeks, Musica Futurista-art of noises, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection 1973-1982, anthology of noise and electronic music.....the list goes on and on) and many new journals (show Details Paris, Show Details World and Show Details Men, to name a few).

This Summer we also said farewell to a treasured Library staff member Margaret MacMahon, a very special Lady who retired this August and who will be missed terribly by all of us. We had an old shindig to wish her the very best, and above are a few photos.

Monday, September 13, 2010


What was your favourite childhood book? Anne and Barry of course, some of the best reading of my life, put me where I am today !! What books had the most influence on you in your college days? Was big into “The Lord of the Rings” collection, including the less read “The Hobbit” which was the prelude to Lord of the Rings Do you have any memory or story about your college library? University of Limerick’s library wasn’t as good as LSAD’s library, so nothing good enough to talk about, staff here are brilliant!! (we like this answer) If you were stranded on a desert Island what book would you like to have with you? Pirates of the Carribbean Bookset, so I could understand the lingo when hanging out with the ‘One eyed Patchies’ :P

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


During library Week, LSAD Library held a competition to find “Your Favourite LSAD Library Book” we were inundated with entries and overwhelmed by the sheer passion of the responses.
There were 6 lucky winners; Elizabeth Twomey, Paul Campbell, Amy Hanley, Joe Noonan, Kieran Cashell, Darius Pasadar and Amy Taylor. Well done to all and a big thank you to our sponsors: O’Mahonys Bookshop, Curley Copy Centre, Collins Book Supply, Dawsons Book Supply and M-Signs.
Here are a few of our favourite responses. We put together a display board, with all the entries as it made for fascinating reading, so if you’re in the vicinity do have a look, you may be inspired too!
Eyewitness: Padraig & Joan Kennelly's images of Ireland 1953-1973 by Padraig Kennelly
“I love all the images in this book – black and white images of a time gone by…and who could fail to smile at the image on the cover?” Marie Ryan

The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin
“Labyrinthine, factual, unprecedented, this history of the 19th century is, like its subject, radically incomplete, indescribable and fascinating. I got lost there in 1999 and can, to the attentive reader, still be glimpsed somewhere between pages 542 and 543.” Kieran Cashell

Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words, Writings and Interviews by B Nauman “This is my favourite book because every time I am in a bad mood or just fed up with what I’m doing or making – Nauman’s comments on Art and Sculpture would encourage anyone to continue their Art-Making.” Michéal Conlon

Graffiti World : Street Art from 5 Continents by Nicholas Ganz
“Amazing” Sam Keehan

Tracy Fahy
Head of Department of Art and Design took us on a "secret history" of her reading.. and what a delight it was!

What was your favourite childhood book? The Adventures of "Robin Hood" by Roger Lancelyn Green. In fact, I wanted to be Robin Hood for most of my childhood. From the age of nine or so, I was also fascinated by mythology, especially Norse tales of the gods.
What was the book that had the most influence on you in your college days? That’s a tricky one, as I spent a huge amount of my college days reading. Possibly "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, the most perfect ghost story ever written.
Do you have any memory or story about your college library? Sitting in a cosy nook reading armloads of novels that had absolutely nothing to do with my designated courses…I believe I termed it ‘reading around the subject’.
If you were stranded on a desert Island what book would you like to have with you? One book? I’m afraid I’d need more. Preferably a library. But in the absence of same, I’d like "The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter, "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt, the complete works of Shirley Jackson, the collected works of Jane Austen and the complete works of Shakespeare.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Yes we're there! The Library at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) have set up a facebook page as we love keeping up to date with our students and patrons. Find us at LIB LSAD and become a friend :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


ICE.....Brought to you by the Institution of Civil Engineers. The largest online civil engineering resource in the world. It gives the user access to the Institution of Civil Engineers back-file to 1836. This database allows access to the following journal titles :
Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Materials, Energy, Engineering and Computational Mechanics, Engineering History and Heritage, Engineering Sustainability, Geotechnical Engineering, Ground Improvement, Management, Procedure and Law, Maritime Engineering, Municipal Engineer, Structures and Buildings, Transport, Urban Design and Planning, Waste and Resource Management, Water Management


As part of Library Ireland Week, LSAD and LIT Campus Libraries are asking you, our patrons, to choose your favourite LSAD/LIT LIBRARY book and to tell us why it holds a special place in your heart...your explanation can be a sentence or a paragraph. All entries will be entered into a draw for numerous lovely prizes. Closing date 12th March….

What’s yours?

Brid Foster, Deputy Institute Librarian, Retires

Brid Foster began her career in the LIT when the Library was a Porto cabin with buckets strewn around to collect the dripping rainwater! She worked tirelessly through the years to improve the services and oversaw the renovation of both campus Libraries. She had an uncanny knowledge of the materials and was a blessing to any student struggling with their research. As Deputy Librarian for the LIT & LSAD. She was a very popular member of staff amongst both academic and administrative personnel and will be dearly missed by all. To mark the occasion we had a lovely celebration in the Greenhills Hotel, where Brid was surrounded by friends and family, presented with gifts and danced the night away. (pictured below)