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Special Collections: Acquisitions & Donations

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

Donations

UCC Library welcomes the generosity of those who choose to donate material for the benefit of library users.  However, due to restrictions of space and budget, only items which comply with our Collection Development Policy can be accepted. In this context, all donations are assessed by the relevant staff member before being accessioned.

Once a donation is accepted, UCC Library becomes the owner of the material and as such reserves the right to determine its retention, location and other considerations relating to its use, maintenance or disposal.  Please note all donations are made on the understanding that the donor is the legal owner, and that donated material may be disposed of in the future, at the discretion of the Librarian, in a manner similar to other Library holdings.

Opening Hours

30 December 2020- present: As per Irish Government direction from midnight 30 December 2020 all counties are placed on Level 5 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19. The advice is: Stay at home with certain exceptions.

Update: 28 January 2021: From Monday 1 February 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 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.

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

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