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 .
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 access to electronic resources from off campus.
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.
You can contact the Library Services Desk at any time to check the status of your application.
Once your application is approved you will receive an approval email. You will be requested to present yourself to the Library Services Desk with:
External Reader applications are processed during office hours (Monday – Friday 10:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 -16:30) or outside these hours by appointment.
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.
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, High Demand books identifiable by blue 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.