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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: Academic Staff: Request a Class

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

Teaching Spaces

Our diverse collections of rare printed books and unique manuscripts can be used to support teaching within the University.

Update: Please be advised that for 2020/2021 we in Special Collections & Archives are open to discussing options for delivering teaching with collections. Special Collections & Archives has three different spaces available which can be used by teaching groups who need to work with the collections. However due to social distancing the maximum capacity of each space below has changed:

  • Reference Reading Room (capacity max 6 people)
  • Rare Books Reading Room (capacity max 6 people). Items to be examined will be used in this room. Please note this room also houses a book scanner.  
  • Microform Room (capacity max 2 people) Equipment within: Microform Readers, Reader/Printers and Reader/Scanners.

We would advise contacting us first to discuss what is possible Given that other users will also request access to the same spaces we would ask for a minimum of a fortnight's notice to request a class appointment. 

Preparing for A Visit

  • The guidelines that apply to using the Special Collections & Archives' Reference Reading Room also apply to our teaching spaces. Please distribute these guidelines to your students before class.
  • Before entering the reading rooms staff and students will be asked to place their coats and bags in our storage space. 
  • Pencils only, notebooks or laptops are permitted in the readings rooms. We have plenty of pencils!

Infographic on Academic Year 2019-2020

If you have any feedback, comments or questions please contact

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.