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Library Access: Member of the Public

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.

Members of the Public

Persons who are not members of UCC Library may be considered for membership. Members of the public requiring access for academic research purposes, can apply to use UCC Library as an External Reader. This research cannot be for profit or as part of your work.


Applications for External Reader membership should be made online. 

Applications must be approved before the fee is paid.


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

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

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.