MU's Research Week 2023 takes place on the week of 23 October and coincides with Open Access Week.  The Library is delighted to co-ordinate with the University on preparing a programme of talks and exhibitions.  We will have a blend of onsite and online events and they will be recorded where possible. These talks are also be listed in the overall Research Week programme of the University available HERE.



Six Wonders of the Printed World Exhibition

A selection of some of the rarest books in the Russell Library

A new exhibit for Research Week shines a light on the most exceptional period of book publishing through a showcase of six items which were recently catalogued from the rare book collections of St. Patrick’s Pontifical University held the Russell Library. These six treasures are the only known recorded texts of their kind in Ireland.

Incunabula are books printed prior to 1501 during the earliest period of typography when Johannes Gutenberg developed his printing press in Germany in the mid-15th century. The invention of printing transformed the ways in which knowledge was transmitted and received. These early printed books offer insights into the evolution of printing and the popularisation of certain texts.

The Russell Library is privileged to hold over 50 of these extraordinary books, which includes a 1481 summer edition of Jacobus de Voragine's Der Heiligen Leben printed in Urach – an exceptionally rare copy and the earliest printed Bible in the collection from 1482.

The exhibit will be on display in the Russell Library throughout Research Week during our opening hours (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday -10:00-12:30  & 14:00-16:30)

For more details, please contact (01) 7083890 or 
Please note that the Russell Library is not currently wheelchair accessible.

You can also view the digital exhibition HERE

Events and Webinars

Monday 23 October 1pm - 2pm

Launch of the Digital Library 
Multiple speakers

MU Library has been engaged in a project to develop a Digital Library in order to provide online access to some of wonderful collections of Maynooth University and St Patrick’s Pontifical University. 

We are delighted to launch the Digital Library during Research Week 2023 on Monday 23rd October 2023 from 1-2pm. Join us for a light lunch in Training room E, MU Library and hear about the importance of access to online collections for research and to view the Digital Library itself. 

These are the collections/part-collections we plan to have available in the Digital Library on launch day. 

Bloomfield Maps (Loughton and Redwood estates) 
Kerry Letters 
John Sadleir Archive 
L’Essais de Michel de Montaigne (Sub collection curated by John O’Brien) 
Kilcock Land Leases 
Ua Maoileoin Collection 
A True History (Translated from the Greek) 
Salamanca (Small selection)   

Of course, it will be grown over time in collaboration with our campus partners and, we hope, will become a valuable research tool and gateway for anyone interested in our rich and unique special collections. 

Location: MU Library - Training Room E, If you would like to attend, please register your interest to 

Tuesday 24 October 11am - 12noon

HEANET and ICHEC Research Services Roadshow
Multiple speakers

In this session HEAnet and ICHEC will present the services and initiatives available to support researchers and research support staff. 

In the case of HEAnet, we will speak about network & cloud services, opportunities for collaboration with researchers, piloting new services to support research, opportunities for access to funding and initiatives to support Open Science. For example, through this work, Irish institutes have benefitted from ~2M Euros funding from EU since 2022. 

In the case of ICHEC, there will be overview of activities and services in training and outreach, performance engineering and novel technologies. And finally, a run-through of resources available to researchers in Ireland through ICHEC's National Service, which include access to High Performance Computing and technical support and advice. 

You can view the recording HERE

Wednesday 25 October 11 - 11:30am

From Dust to Digital: An Introduction to MU Library’s digital archival collections.
Ciara Joyce, Archivist, Special Collections & Archives 

An introduction to some of the fascinating collections now available on the digital library. Their history, the selection process and what the future holds.

You can view the recording HERE

Wednesday 25 October 2 - 2:30pm

Publishing in the Irish Journal of Management - an international, double blind, peer reviewed, ranked, online, open access journal in the Management discipline
Dr Marian Crowley-Henry, Maynooth University School of Business

This online event gives an overview of publishing in the Irish Journal of Management from the co-editor-in-chief, Dr Marian Crowley-Henry, Maynooth University School of Business. The presentation includes advice for authors and describes the review process, with time for Q&A. It also gives the editor perspective regarding key reasons for desk rejections, challenges in publishing, and seeking expert reviewers.

You can view the recording​ HERE

Wednesday 25 October 3 - 3:30pm

Publishing Strategically to enhance your Research Impact
Ciarán Quinn, Research Support Librarian, MU Library

This talk will examine how to identify the best quality/highest impact journals to publish your research output in, the benefits of and options available to publish Open Access. It will also look at how to improve the visibility and dissemination of your published work.

You can view the recording​ HERE