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Proven outcomes from library classes

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A number of studies have examined the outcome of library instruction on student confidence, academic performance and retention.

Some outcomes of delivering information literacy classes to students include:

  • Creating a Search Strategy
  • Knowing where to search
  • Dealing effectively with the results
  • Increased confidence in their academic skills
  • Increased student retention


Ain, C.T., Sabir, F. & Willison, J. 2018, "Research skills that men and women developed at university and then used in workplaces", Studies in Higher Education, , pp. 1-13.


Bowles-Terry, M. 2018. "The impact of library instruction on student success" [Online]. Elsevier. Available: [Accessed 30/08/2018 2018]


Catalano, A. & Phillips, S.R. 2016, "Information literacy and retention: A case study of the value of the library", Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 2-13.


Jan, S.U., Anwar, M.A. & Warraich, N.F. 2018, "The relationship between emotional intelligence, library anxiety, and academic achievement among the university students", Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, , pp. 96100061879062.


Murray, A., Ireland, A. & Hackathorn, J. 2016, "The value of academic libraries: Library services as a predictor of student retention", College and Research Libraries, vol. 77, no. 5, pp. 631-642.


Olesova, L.A. & Melville, A.D. 2017, "Embedded Library Services: From Cooperation to Collaboration to Enhance Student Learning in Asynchronous Online Course", Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, vol. 11, no. 3-4, pp. 287-299.


Oliveira, S.M. 2017, "The academic library's role in student retention: a review of the literature", Library Review, vol. 66, no. 4/5, pp. 310.


Saunders, L. 2018, "Information Literacy in Practice: Content and Delivery of Library Instruction Tutorials", The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 269-278.


Shao, X. & Purpur, G. 2016, "Effects of Information Literacy Skills on Student Writing and Course Performance", The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 670-678.


Soria, K.M., Fransen, J. & Nackerud, S. 2013, "Library Use and Undergraduate Student Outcomes: New Evidence for Students’ Retention and Academic Success", portal: Libraries and the Academy, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 147-164.


Stovold, E.M. 2016, "Librarian-Led Information Literacy Training Delivered in Small Groups Improved Medical Students' Confidence in Their Ability to Use Evidence Based Resources Effectively", Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 73-75.


Stone, G. & Ramsden, B. 2013, "Library impact data project: Looking for the link between library usage and student attainment", College and Research Libraries, vol. 74, no. 6, pp. 546-559.


Book a class for your students

We can tailor classes to exactly your students needs and curriculum, and can blend a number of approaches. We are happy to discuss sources, learning outcomes and lesson plans with you in advance. Use our links to the booking forms below to arrange a class.

While the above classes are not prescriptive, they give an idea of some of the areas we cover. To discuss tailoring a class to your needs, or if you have any questions about a general class for your students, please email:

Would you like to book a Research Skills training class for a group of Postgrad Researchers or Academics with Ciarán Quinn, Research Support Librarian? Check out the training he can offer here.


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Special Collections & Archives: teaching support

In support of departmental programmes, we teach classes which include the following:

  • Aspects of book history which complement a particular area of study. This can provide an invaluable backdrop to research and give an understanding of the broader picture of publishing for a given period
  • Introduction to the history of the book
  • Introduction to manuscripts and archives

The Russell Library was designed by British architect and designer, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), and completed in 1861. It houses the historical collections of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth which span ten centuries and a wide range of subjects. Contact the Russell Library for more information by telephone (+353 1 7083890) or email us.

Russell Library, Maynooth University

The Special Collections Reading Room in the John Paul II Library houses the unique and distinctive collections of Maynooth University, including archival collections of private origin such as the papers of writers and other professionals, as well as documents of local interest. Contact Special Collections & Archives for more information by telephone (+353 1 4747423) or email us.