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Can I bring water into Special Collections & Archives? Can I use a pen? Are there sockets in Special Collections & Archives? This document says what can be used in Special Collections & Archives.
No you can't bring in water or use a pen in Special Collections & Archives! Yes there are sockets!
When handling material please remember:
Hands must be clean
Use book snakes to keep book pages open
Use weights to keep maps or larger items lying flat
Use book rests/cushions to support bindings
Do not put any undue pressure on bindings
Do not lean on the original item
Never touch the surface of a print/drawing/photograph/map
Ask for assistance if using rolled items, or folded items with attached seals
Do not use flash on the camera
Food, drink and ink are not allowed in any of the reading rooms.
Please contact Special Collections staff if any assistance is needed.
The British Library Preservation Centre produced a series of videos to demonstrate careful use of collection items. This is to ensure Special Collections and users can work together to ensure the long-term preservation of material.
Presentation: Using Special Collections for Research
An overview of what is Special Collections, the types of material found in Special Collections, why material is placed in Special Collections and ways of searching for material in Special Collections.
Accessing Special Collections Beyond UCC Library
If you want to visit other third level institutions there are various access schemes open to UCC staff and students.
In all cases please email the relevant Special Collections in advance in order to request the material. The staff in each institution will inform you of the relevant procedures which may be different to UCC Library's.
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.