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Special Collections is home to manuscripts, older printed books and unique & distinct collections.

Opening Hours

Update 27 May: From Monday 31st May 2021 Special Collections & Archives is open Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays) 10:00-12:30, strictly by appointment, to UCC staff and students, and members of the public.

 

Face-to-face services at Special Collections & Archives have resumed in a limited capacity: Monday-Friday 10:00-12:30. The service is open to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. 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.

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 specialcollectionsarchives@ucc.ie

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 queries relating to our collections please email specialcollectionsarchives@ucc.ie. This email address is monitored regularly.

Contact Special Collections & Archives

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

specialcollectionsarchives@ucc.ie

Please use the dedicated email and phone number.

Special Collections' Staff

To ensure the best service is given, please contact the Special Collections & Archives staff via the email or phone number above.

  • Charlotte Crowley, Senior Library Assistant (Full-time)
  • John Rooney, Senior Library Assistant (Full-time)

Other Areas

For information about:

Forthcoming guides will include:

  • Collections
  • Historical Sources
  • Manuscripts

What is Special Collections?

Special Collections is home to UCC's unique collections of literary manuscripts, early printed books pre-1850, books from printing presses, collections donated from individuals, 18th - 20th century newspapers, theses, maps, pamphlets and microfilm.

Special Collections are “elements of distinction that serve to differentiate an academic or research library from its peers” (Dooley & Luce).

We, in Special Collections, have a dual role, not only to facilitate current research but also to care and conserve these unique and distinctive materials for future users. 

Special Collections staff members work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at UCC offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions and exhibitions. Special Collections also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. Special Collections has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; Celtic studies, and Frank O'Connor.

Special Collections Librarian

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