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Acquisitions: Serials & IReL

Ordering books, eBooks, serials

Serials & Online Resources at UCC Library

The Library's Acquisitions section manages the Library's subscriptions to serial publications, both print and electronic. UCC Library provides access to a wide range of electronic journals and databases, and enables access to electronic resources available through the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL).

Under the terms of Copyright legislation, UCC Library is entitled to receive a copy of every publication produced in the Republic of Ireland. Consequently, the Library acquires a significant collection of Irish serial publications, including Irish Government publications and Irish Official publications. UCC Library receives a range of European Official Publications through donation.

Suggestions for new online resources and serials

Suggestions for new journals, databases and other subscriptions should be channelled through the 'Library Representatives' and the Liaison Librarians. In many cases a trial of the resource will be arranged in the first instance before a subscription is considered.

Note that VAT is applied to journals, databases, microfilm, etc. at 9%.

Electronic Resources: access and usage

UCC Library provides access to a large range of electronic resources to support you in your studies, teaching and research. Use of the electronic resources is subject to copyright law and licence agreements that UCC signs with the electronic resource providers.

 A full listing of Databases is available on the Library website, and all of our serial titles are listed on the Library Catalogue, including links to e-journals.

Queries regarding online access & usage can be emailed to


IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary is a nationally funded electronic research library.

The initial (Science,Technology & Medicine) phase of IReL was jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the HEA. The Humanities & Social Sciences phase is funded entirely by the HEA.

What is available? IReL delivers quality peer-reviewed online research publications - journals, databases, eBook collections - direct to the desktop of researchers wherever they are located. All of the IReL resources are available through UCC Library's Databases pages.

You can find a full listing of IReL resources here.