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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

Update from our Director of Library Services, Colette McKenna regarding Library Services During COVID Level 5 - Here

Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: Theatre

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

Introduction to Theatre Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of sources to assist research in Theatre. Such sources include:

Spotlight on 18th Century Commonplace Book

U.242 p.8: Transcription of Prospectus for construction of new Cork Theatre, 26 June 1759. 

U.242 p.159 - 160: Proposal for a Colonnade for the Playhouse by Samuel Hobbs, architect, 5 November 1783, with plan and list of subscribers [159-162].

U2.242 p.161 - 162: Proposal for a Colonnade for the Playhouse by Samuel Hobbs, architect, 5 November 1783, with plan and list of subscribers [159-162].

U.242 p.196: "Theatrical Intelligence." [196 - 198].

U.242 p.197 - 198: "Theatrical Intelligence" [196-198].

Opening Hours

As per Irish Government direction from midnight 21 October 2020 for 6 weeks 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. 

Previous appointment services in Special Collections and Archives are suspended during Level 5.

We are offering the following as alternate means of access to Special Collections & Archives:

  • 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 collection queries or other queries please email:

In order to facilitate research queries, a virtual appointment service for Special Collections and Archives will shortly be established and details will be forthcoming.