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Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: English

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

Introduction to English Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of sources to assist research in English. Such sources may be:

One of the earliest PhD theses Special Collections holds is BG MacCarthy's Women's Contribution to the Development of the English Novel: 1621-1818 (1939).

The Archives Service offers a variety of individuals' and organisations' collections that may be of interest. These include;


Special Collections holds a copy of Joyce's Ulysses with black and white illustrations by Henri Matisse, signed by both Joyce and Matisse. This copy is no. 682  of 1500 copies commissioned by George Macy, the founder of the Limited Editions. Matisse completed drawings based on six episodes from Homer’s epic poem Odyssey rather than from Joyce's Ulysses. Once Joyce realised this he stopped signing the limited edition. Therefore UCC Library's Special Collections' copy is unusual as both James Joyce and Henri Matisse have signed it. 

Opening Hours

From Monday 29th November 2021 Special Collections and Archives is open Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays) to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. Individual Reading Room opening hours are as follows:

  • Reference Reading Room & Microform Room: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, Friday: 11:00-16:30 and Wednesday: 11:00-19:15.
  • Rare Books Reading Room: Monday - Friday: 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:30.

For more information about what items must be requested and to request them via the online request form see Request Special Collections & Archives.

In addition we continue offering:

  • Scan & Deliver for Special Collections' material including items in the Reference Reading Room, Microform and items that show Special Collections by Request / Special Collections by Appointment on the library catalogue.
  • Reprographic requests for manuscripts & archival material via

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.

If you have any queries relating to our collections please email This email address is monitored regularly.