UCC Library is committed to reopening both Boole and Brookfield libraries as soon as it is safe to do so: the safety of library users and staff is the chief guiding principle. Read more about our plans and schedule for re-opening our Libraries .
Please see our policies regarding re-opening here
Through various cooperative schemes UCC staff can gain access to the Libraries of other third level institutions.
If you want to visit any other library, you may apply to the Library for a Letter of Introduction.
When you visit other University Libraries under the SCONUL Access scheme you will be subject to their rules and regulations, which may differ from UCC Library. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with those regulations as any serious infringement of them may result in the imposition of penalties on your UCC Library account.
Please check the UCC Library Catalogue and talk to the Subject Staff to ensure we do not have access to the material you require. Access to material not held in UCC Library can also be gained through Inter Library Loans.
CorkPAL is a Cork regional reciprocal library access scheme.
It is co-operative venture between libraries in higher education, health, and the public library service in the Cork region. It provides free access to the collective library resources of Cork City and County.
The CorkPAL Access Card tells the staff at the library you are visiting that you are a genuine learner and that your special requirements for knowledge and information cannot be dealt with by your own library.
Your level of access will be determined by the library you are visiting. At a minimum you will be allowed to consult printed materials. Internet and electronic resources cannot normally be used in academic libraries unless you are a student of that organization, due to licence agreements.
Staff and Students of UCC wishing to avail of this scheme should contact the Library Services Desk, Q Floor, Boole Library.
Members of other participating libraries wishing to gain access to the UCC Library should contact their home library for details of this scheme.
Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland (ALCID) , a co-operative scheme between Irish university libraries, allows staff and postgraduate students (Doctoral, Masters by research and by exam) to access other libraries and their collections. These cards are not available to undergraduate and H.Dip. students.
Your ALCID card provides access to these libraries:
You can check the opening hours of the library you want to visit.
MusicPAL facilitates access to music information and materials available across a broad range of libraries and archives throughout the island of Ireland. Member libraries work collaboratively to provide easy access to the wealth of music resources held in their collections. UCC Library is a participant.
Further details about the scheme are available on the Music PAL website.
This includes a list of participating libraries.
If UCC students, researchers or staff would like to access any of the participating libraries, they can apply for a Music PAL card at the Library Services Desk, Q Floor, Boole Library.
Most Music PAL collections are now listed on the RASCAL database (Research And Special Collections Available Locally). This database will be the key resource discovery tool for music collections.
Further queries can be addressed to UCC Library’s Music PAL Coordinator:
Claire O’Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +353-21- 490-2984