The Library’s Irish Studies collections support research and instruction of Irish Studies students and faculty. Resource selection and retention is largely driven by faculty research interests and the curriculum. Faculty selections and course readings are prioritized.

Irish Studies courses are taught by faculty from a range of disciplines, including Irish literature, history, language studies, art and art history, political science, theatre, and philosophy.

The major and minor in Irish Studies are offered through the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies.


Departments/programs/subject areas supported

The main areas of interest in Irish Studies include Irish history, Irish literature, Irish theatre, Catholic traditions in Ireland, Irish thought, Irish art history, and Irish music.

Resources Collected

  • Scholarly monographs in electronic and print format (academic and trade press preferred)
  • Academic journals in electronic format (peer-reviewed preferred)
  • Publications by visiting faculty holding the Charles Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies

Resources and materials collected selectively or by request:

  • Audiovisual materials (by request only)
  • Academic journals in print format (only if electronic format is unavailable)
  • Encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions (electronic format strongly preferred)
  • Academic primary source collections (selectively, electronic format preferred)
  • Microform (by request only)
  • Conference proceedings (by request only)
  • Pamphlets (by request only)

Resources not collected:

  • Non-Villanova theses and dissertations
  • Ephemera
  • Print government documents
  • Juvenile works
  • Manuscripts

Collaborations within the library

The Library's Irish Studies collections are actively used by a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, English literature, history, Irish language studies, art and art history, political science, theatre, and philosophy.

The Library's Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement department maintains the McGarrity collection, which includes a complete run of The Irish Press and the Limited Editions collection with books and broadsides published by the Cuala Press. Digital surrogates from these collections are available in the Library's Digital Library.

Subject Librarian

Jutta Seibert


Last update: 4/25/2018