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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:

Theatre Module Guides

All PDF documents are available as Word documents. Please contact should this be required.

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

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. Due to the time-consuming nature of fulfilling requests across multiple microfilm reels rather than journal articles/book chapters there is a limit of 5 items in a week. 

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