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Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: Home

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

Selected for President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching 2016/17

Listen to Dr Malgorzata D'Aughton (School of History) & Dr Jillian Rogers (Dept. of Music) discussing their selection for a President's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2016/2017, specifically for innovative pedagogies and embedding research in the curriculum. They were particularly keen to point out the role that their collaboration with UCC Library plays in their teaching and research.

Contact Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives, Q-1,
Boole Library
University College Cork
+353 (21) 490-2282

Please use the dedicated email and phone number above:

  • To request books, theses, prints and more
  • To reserve a machine for using microform
  • Queries about the collections

Subject Support for our Collections

We, in Special Collections & Archives, have a dual role, not only to facilitate current research but also to care and conserve these unique and distinctive materials for future users. To learn more about searching and using these materials go to the relevant guide:

Special Collections & Archives' staff members work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at UCC offering access to unique primary sources and the reference sources that support them through instruction sessions and exhibitions. 

Students can click on the relevant tab to learn more about useful collections and sources for that subject area. You are always welcome to contact us if you have a question. 

Staff who'd like to book a session in Special Collections & Archives can fill in the booking formYou are always welcome to contact us for an informal chat about potential teaching sessions.

Why Use Special Collections & Archives?

Items from the collections can be used to support group teaching and we encourage members of staff to contact us to organise classes using such material. Special Collections & Archives staff can assist in teaching classes by providing an introduction to Special Collections & Archives' services and the collections as well as providing guidance on finding and requesting material for study. 

Using our collections:

  • Helps develop a clear understanding of the role of original material in research
  • Increases students' knowledge in locating primary resources in UCC's Library's collections and elsewhere
  • Gives students unique insight into their subject and the possibility of original research opportunities, and brings teaching and learning to life for both academics and students

Special Collections & Archives staff are also happy to meet with teaching staff to help develop assignments or modules based on our collections.

Special Collections Librarian

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Elaine Harrington
Special Collections & Archives, UCC Library, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
+353 (21) 490-3484


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Emer Twomey
Special Collections & Archives,
UCC Library,
University College Cork.
+353 (21) 490-3475


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Emma Horgan
Library Archivist,
Special Collections and Archives,
UCC Library,
University College Cork.
+353 (21) 490-3132

Opening Hours

Special Collections and Archives Service have standardised their opening hours as follows:

13-31 January 2020

Microform & Reference Reading Room: Monday-Friday: 11:00 – 16:30; Rare Books Reading Room: Monday – Friday 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30. 

3 February - 8 May 2020:

Microform & Reference Reading Room: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 11:00 – 16:30;  Wednesday 11:00 – 20:15.

Rare Books Reading Room: Monday – Friday 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30. 
Week of 13 April: Microform & Reference Reading Room: Monday-Friday: 11:00 – 16:30; Rare Books Reading Room: Monday – Friday 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30.  
Closed: 17 March, 10 April, 13 April,  4 May 2020.