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Library Access: Alumni

The Library permits access to Staff and Students of UCC. We also accept visitors from all walks of life. Please use the links below to find the most suitable access permission for your situation.

UCC Alumni

Graduates of UCC are granted consultation access on application.

Borrowing rights are not automatic and must be applied for in the usual manner.

Please Note: External Readers Do Not have any access to electronic resources.





Apply for Membership

Fill out the online External Reader Application Form and submit.

You will receive a confirmation email containing your reference number.

Application approval can take up to 1 week.

Please Note: failure to complete all sections of the application form or provide sufficient information can delay the application process.

Once your application is approved you will receive an approval email. You will be requested to present yourself to the Library Services Desk with:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Address
  • The relevant fee
  • ALCID Card/SCONUL Approval (if selected)

External Reader applications are processed during office hours (Monday – Friday 10:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 -16:30) or outside these hours by appointment.

WiFi, PC Access, Printing/Copying/Scanning

Library users who require access to a Library Computer for research purposes or want to Copy/Print must have a login. Please select this option in the application form if you require any of these services.

External Readers do not have access to UCC Library electronic resources.

Wi-Fi is only available to staff and students of UCC or to students of other Universities that are on the Eduroam network.

Membership Fees

Individual Membership Fees

Consultation Borrowing
12 Months €60 €110
6 Months €40 €70
3 Months €30 €50

2 Weeks


Summer (June - August)

Consultation Borrowing
1 Month    €20 €30

Types of Membership


A Consultation Card entitles the External Reader to use Library materials within UCC Library and to avail of a study space.


Those with borrower access are entitled to borrow four items excluding short-loan books, identifiable by yellow labels on the spine and DVDs. Certain categories of material may only be used for consultation in the Library, i.e. reference works and journals.

The normal loan period is 2 weeks - renewable twice,  in person, online, by telephone and email, unless it is recalled by another reader.
External readers should note that they accept Library Regulations by becoming members and are subject to the same rules as students and staff.