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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: 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

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 as of 20 July 2020: 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.

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.