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UCC Library now Re-opened.

Both Boole and Brookfield BHSL Libraries have re-opened with the safety of Library users and staff as our chief guiding principle.

Please see our policies and important changes regarding re-opening here

Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: Art

How Special Collections can help you with your research, teaching, learning & assignments.

Introduction to Art Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of items and collections to assist research on Art. In some cases the collection may be of interest as with the fine printing presses of Cuala, Three Candles and Dolmen Presses, whereas in others it may be the provenance that is of more interest: Robert Gibbings Collection or Elisabeth Friedlander Collection (library).

We also hold the Elizabeth Friedlander Collection (archives) containing the working papers of a graphic designer famed for her intricate boarder designs, and her custom designed font 'Elizabeth', as well as a small collection of letters relating to Cuala Press (1922-1939).

Within the landed estate collections 19th & 20th century sketchbooks and scrapbooks belonging to individuals illustrate their travels around Ireland, England and Europe, giving a snapshot of places and people visited, as well as different artistic styles and materials used (pencil/pastel/watercolour).These archival collections include:
The Bantry Estate Collection (Co. Cork)
The Bantry Estate Collection: Ancillary (Co. Cork)


The selection of bookplates held within the library is varied with a number of reference works also present. 

Reference works include:

Bookplates within the collection include: 

This image contains two of the bookplates held within Elizabeth Friedlander's collection: that of Alexander Magri MacMahon and Walter Toscanini. When Queen's College Cork became UCC in 1908 a new bookplate for the library was required. Robert Gibbings designed the replacement bookplate. 

Art Course & Module Guides

Opening Hours

Following Government directives that higher education institutions should close, UCC physical campus is closed. If you have any queries relating to our collections please email as this email address will be monitored regularly.

Face-to-face services at Special Collections & Archives have resumed in a limited capacity: Monday-Friday 10-12:45. Please note that we will have reduced capacity due to social distancing measures, and access will be by appointment only. Walk-ins and same-day requests will not be possible. To book items & a workspace please click HERE.

We want to make your visit as enjoyable, productive and safe as possible. To do that, we’ll need to work together.  We would especially ask you to follow all the public health advice, and not to come to Special Collections & Archives if you’re feeling unwell.

Keeping everyone in our buildings safe is our first priority, so there will be some changes to how you access and use our services. We apologise in advance for any delays and trust you will understand.

UCC Library's new Scan and Deliver Service is now live! Submit a request and we'll scan a book chapter/journal article and deliver it to you via email. There will be limited access to material from Special Collections. Every effort will be made to fulfill requests but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials.