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Applied Social Care: Books & eBooks

A guide for students of Social Care



The easiest way to locate books in the library is to use the search box located on most library web pages, called SEARCH + FIND.

Library books are shelved according to subject area, using a numerical shelving system. Some useful shelf numbers:

  • 150 Psychology
  • 300 Social sciences
  • 306 Cultures and institutions
  • 307 Communities
  • 320 Political science
  • 323 Civil and political rights
  • 344 Law
  • 360 Social problems and social services
  • 361 Social problems and social welfare
  • 362 Social welfare problems and services

When you search SEARCH + FIND, it will indicate the shelf number where the book is located. In some cases there will be three letters after the number; this makes shelving and retrieval easier.

Library Book Categories


Most of the books on the library shelves are in this category. Students may borrow up to four titles at any one time for one week.

Desk Reserve

These titles are shelved behind the Library Desk. They are for use in the library only.  They can be checked out onto student accounts for up to three hours.


Reference material is located on the ground floor, this material cannot be checked out. You will find dictionaries, thesaurus and encyclopedia in this section.

Government Publications          

This material is located on the reference shelving, most items are boxed according to the government department from where they are published. Government publications are library use only.

Searching for Books and eBooks

Search + Find

Search for books, articles, news and more in our library discovery service.

When you find the book you want you'll see its shelf number, this will help you find it in the library.

For online items, like ebooks, click on the link to read it or download it!

A few tips...

If you know what you're looking for use the author's surname and a word or two from the title.  For instance, type in share social care to find Applied Social Care : an introduction for students in Ireland by Perry Share.


Alternatively you can search by subject; key terms into the search box; for example social inclusion; then use the filters in the left-hand column to narrow down your search.  Remember to be as specific as possible when searching for a topic.



EBSCO eBooks Collection

The library’s biggest collection of eBooks – over 150,000 eBooks at your fingertips! This collection provides access to more than 150,000 individual titles across most academic disciplines.











Individual ebooks permanently owned by GMIT libraries

Click here for a list of titles.




See the eBooks LibGuide for information on downloading the content.


Search Google Books

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Free eBooks

Free eBooks

There are many free eBooks available on the Internet. These tend to be scanned originals that are out of copyright such as those on Google Books.

Other free eBook resources include:


Digital Book Index




Get Free eBooks

Galway 091-742785 | CCAM 091-745409
Mayo 094-9043146 | Letterfrack 091-742666