30 December 2020 - 5 March 2021: As per Irish Government direction from midnight 30 December 2020 all counties are placed on Level 5 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19. The advice is: Stay at home with certain exceptions. Please note this time frame may be extended.
Update: 28 January 2021: From Monday 1 February we are offering the following as alternate means of access to Special Collections & Archives:
Every effort will be made to fulfil scan & deliver / reprographic types of requests, but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials.
Previous appointment services in Special Collections and Archives are unavailable during Level 5.
If you have any collection queries or other queries please email: email@example.com.
The Library Catalogue is a listing of most of the material, both hardcopy and online that the Library holds.
You can search the Library Catalogue from the UCC Library homepage.
Choose your type of search: Keyword (default), Author, Title or Subject from the buttons above the box.
Using the keyword search, enter words from the title, contents or subject. Click on the search icon or hit enter and browse your results.
Below is an example of a book title showing bibliographic and location details.
A Descriptive List is a fundamental finding aid for an archival collection. It should contain information which details the provenance of a collection and its system of arrangement. The list facilitates researchers in locating documents of specific interest to their research topic. It also assists researchers in assessing the collection as a primary source and judge the evidential value of the archives.
Each fully listed and open to the public large archival collection in UCC Library Archives Service has its descriptive list available online as a pdf from the Collection's specific webpage. An A-Z list of archival collections can be found here.
The online pdf copy of a descriptive list is keyword searchable. To bring up a Find box onscreen, click Ctrl+F, then enter a keyword e.g. a person's surname/a place name. Please be aware that spellings of names and places change over centuries so you may have to conduct multiple searches.
Contained within the list will be a brief description of each item in a collection which will include details such as the date and size of the item. Each entry will have a call number. When you wish to look at a particular item please provide the archivist with the relevant call number(s).
Below is a typical example of a list entry from IE BL/EP/R (Ryan of Inch Collection)
20. 2 April 1692
See Also /8
Probate with copy of the will of Daniel Ryan, Inchiofogarty. Appoints as executors his wife Frances (née Raggert), and his son John. Other children named are Nicolas, Andrew, Patrick, Joseph and Frances.
In this entry, the call number is IE/EP/R/20, the date of the item is 2 April 1692 and it comprises of two skins (parchment sheets). With an entry See Also /8, information relating to this item can also be found in item BL/EP/R/8.