Archives Service

The Archives Service, which is a part of the Library’s Special Collections, is located on floor Q-1, the basement level of the Boole Library.

UCC Library, through its Archives Service, is dedicated to helping preserve archival material, whether manuscript, photographic or digital, which can assist in the understanding of our heritage and the forces which shaped modern Ireland. The primary purpose of the Archives Service is to support University College, Cork’s research and teaching programmes by providing access to archival collections and facilities which have been developed to satisfy the research and information needs of the Library’s users.

An active collecting repository, the Archives Service collects and administers archival collections generated from outside of UCC which complement the research and teaching needs of University College, Cork.

Although some items in our collections may include items of genealogical interest, UCC Library does not offer a genealogical search facility and staff will not undertake such searches. Researchers interested in family history should consult the National Archives of Ireland which offers a very comprehensive guide to genealogical research in Ireland.  Further information on Archives in Ireland for teachers, students, researchers and genealogists can be found at and

Records generated by the College itself, and which relate to the history of the institution, are preserved and administrated by the University Archives under the direction of Catriona Mulcahy, University Archivist [email:].

UCC Library also contributes to the administration of the Cork City and County Archives located in Blackpool. Jointly funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, and University College Cork, it is responsible for the preservation of records of Local Government and collections of historic interest to Cork City and County. Contact details and a description of all collections can be found on their website


Access to archival collections is by prior appointment with the archivist only. It is usually advisable to make an appointment a week in advance to ensure you can be accommodated.

Our collections are open to non students of UCC provided they are in receipt of a valid UCC Readers Card. An application for this card together with other information for external readers can be found here. For those readers requiring to use the Library facilities for a brief period, a day card may be applied for at the Information Desk on Q Level (+353-21-4902794).

Only fully processed collections are available for research. Descriptive Lists for archival collections can be accessed within Library opening hours at the Special Collections desk in Q-1. All items within a collection will have a specific call number located in a column on the left hand side of the descriptive list. Please note the call numbers of the item(s) you wish to see.

Photocopying and photographic reproduction services are available. Items may be reproduced (i.e. photographed/scanned) for administrative use and purposes of study; but for any other use, including publication, the consent of UCC Library is required. Where items are reproduced, UCC Library will decide what means are appropriate and permissible. All readers must agree to the Conditions of Access before being allowed to use archival material and complete an Access Application Form.

UCC Library also reserves the right to withhold certain items from use by researchers on conservation grounds and where such use is potentially damaging to the item(s) concerned.

Supervised access to archival collections is by appointment with the Archivist, giving at least one week's notice, within the following opening hours:

In term:

10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 16:45 (Tuesday to Thursday)

Out of term (01 June - 05 Sept.):

10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 16:30 (Tuesday to Thursday)

For further information please contact the Library Archivist:

Emer Twomey tel: +353-21-4903475



View our major Archival Collections


Last updated: 30 May 2014