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Special Collections: Acquisitions & Donations

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


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- 31 January 2021: 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. Please note this time frame may be extended. 

Update: 7 January 2020: Due to reduced staff presence in the Library, we are not accepting any new requests for Special Collections' items on Scan & Deliver. Existing requests will be fulfilled shortly. The Library will continue to review services throughout the coming days.

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

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