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Special Collections' Outreach & Engagement: Exhibitions

How Special Collections interacts with the world.

Current Exhibition on Q Floor

The exhibition Claude Pélieu – On all frequencies curated by James Horton (Ecole Normale Supérieure) is open until 30 September 2018.

Claude Pélieu (1934 –2002) was a French poet, translator and artist, probably best known for his work with the Beat generation of writers, especially William S. Burroughs, and his collage work. For further information see Claude Pélieu – On all frequencies at UCC Library. 

Exhibitions are located on the ground floor of the Boole Library, main campus University College Cork. Admission is free and all are welcome during the opening hours of the Boole Library.

Current Exhibition in Rare Books Reading Room, Special Collections & Archives


Credit: Caussin, Nicolas. The Holy Court, in five books. Trans. Thomas Hawkins. Corke: Printed and sold by Eugene Swiney, 1767.

Matters French offers an overview of some of the connections between Ireland & France from the Anglo-Normans to Beckett. These interconnected traditions are represented in UCC Library's collections. Since the Anglo-Norman conquest Ireland has witnessed contacts with France that straddled confessional & political divisions. Irish scholars & intellectuals took refuge in Paris & Louvain, where Irish-language materials could be printed & where French was to become a medium of antiquarian & historical research that took Ireland as its object. Huguenot exiles arriving in Ireland created new French-speaking communities. Ireland looked to Revolutionary France in its quest for independence.

Matters French is curated by Prof. Patrick O'DonovanDept. of French, UCC, and will be on display until Friday 13 July 2018. For further information about Matters French see his introduction to the exhibition. If you wish to view it please check the opening hours of Special Collections.

Guide to Exhibitions

Over the last ten years there have been exhibitions on Q floor of the Boole Library with all Colleges in UCC. These either have been exhibitions curated by departments and schools or exhibitions created in collaboration with UCC Library.

The exhibition space is available for three or six month periods and exhibitions can start in January / April / July / October. 

Included in each booking time is mounting and dismounting the exhibition. 

As a guide the schedule is booked up to two years in advance. 

Opening Hours

14 May - 31 August 2018:  Special Collections and Archives Service have standardised their opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30. The library website has holiday opening hours