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Special Collections: Plan A Visit

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

Accessing Special Collections

A valid UCC Student or Staff Library Card is required to access Special Collections.

If you are an External Reader you may access Special Collections. Please check with the Library & IT Services Desk on Q floor when using the Library for the first time.

Alternatively if you only require short term access, please go to the Library & IT Services Desk on Q (ground) floor to request a visitor’s day pass.

Searching for Material

The Library Catalogue is a listing of most of the material, both hardcopy and online that the Library holds.

You can search the Library Catalogue from the UCC Library homepage.

Choose your type of search: Keyword (default), Author, Title or Subject  from the buttons above the box.

Using the keyword search, enter words from the title, contents or subject. Click on the search icon or hit enter and browse your results.

Below is an example of a book title showing bibliographic and location details. 

Finding Special Collections in UCC Library

Special Collections is located in Q-1 (basement level) of Boole Library, UCC.

Information for visitors to UCC is found here. The Boole Library is Building 11 on the map below.

Opening Hours

January 2019 

Special Collections and Archives Service have standardised their opening hours as follows: Monday - Friday: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30. 

From 4 February - 10 May 2019

The opening hours will apply as above for January 2019.

In addition Special Collections' Reference Reading Room and Microform Room is open Wednesday 11:00-13:00 and 16:30-20:15.

Note: The week of 22 April Special Collections and Archives: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30.

The library website has holiday opening hours.

Closed (Public / Bank Holidays): Monday 18 March; Friday 19 April; Monday 22 April; Monday 6 May.