UCC Library’s archival collections are available for consultation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (except during the College’s Christmas Holiday closure period).
Supervised access to archival collections is by prior appointment with the Library Archives Service giving at least one week's notice, within the following opening hours:
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 16:30 (Tuesday to Thursday). The reading room is closed for lunch from 13:00 to 14:00.
An active collecting repository, the Library Archives Service collects and administers archival collections generated from outside UCC which complement the research and teaching needs of University College, Cork.
Archives are records naturally created in the course of everyday business, public or private, which merit preservation because of their unique information content.
Archives include photographs & photograph albums; audio and audio visual recordings; computer disks and memory sticks; paper-based records: manuscripts, letters, diaries bound volumes; maps from landed estate collections; and artworks. They may also include entire collections from private individuals.
The word archives is also used to describe the building in which archival material is stored and accessed.
The Archives of the Attic Press (BL/F/AP) were generated and collected by Róisin Conroy as co-founder and publisher of Attic Press and as an activist in the Irish Women's Movement. They were deposited in the Boole Library, UCC, by Conroy in 1997. The core sections of the collection relate to the activities of Conroy while working as a librarian within the research unit of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU), the Irish Feminist Information group (IFI) and the Attic Press. The collection provides a a reflection on the various facets of Conroy's career as a librarian and information officer, publisher, and campaigner for women's rights. The material dates from the early seventies to the 1990s. This is a collection which is of particular relevance to those with research interests in the areas of feminism, women's rights, and the social changes which occurred in the seventies and eighties.