The Members’ Publications collection of the Royal Irish Academy Library is a collection of publications, written or edited by Academy Members (MRIAs). Holdings can be accessed through the Library’s Main Catalogue.
It is the policy of the Royal Irish Academy Library to acquire copies of the publications of its Members (MRIAs), past and present, in both the humanities and the sciences. The Library collects monographs, edited books, pamphlets, offprints of articles in periodicals, offprints of chapters in books, and publications in other formats, written or edited by Academy Members. Where titles published by Members are not currently held the Library seeks to acquire them. This includes the purchase of out-of-print and antiquarian titles.
The generosity of Members in presenting copies of their publications to the Library is much appreciated. Members are encouraged to continue to supply offprints of their publications to the Library, so that the holdings can be made as comprehensive as possible.
The Academy’s holdings of the publications of MRIAs are generally accessible through the Main Catalogue. Catalogue records for some older publications are on the card catalogue in the Library Reading Room.
In the case of articles by Members published in periodicals that the Library subscribes to, or as chapters in edited volumes that the Library holds, these items are not catalogued individually unless the Library also holds a separate offprint. Thus, in the discipline of Irish Studies in particular the Library catalogue author listings do not reflect the true extent of the Library’s holdings of the publications of Members. However, in the case of edited books, contributions by MRIAs are normally recorded under the ‘contributors’ heading in the catalogue record.
Online bibliographies such as Irish History Online are useful in tracing further bibliographical references to the publications of Academy Members.