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Special Collections is closed on weekends and bank holidays.  Please be aware that the opening hours may change at short notice.  Therefore please contact us in advance if you are travelling to make sure we are open.  Please check the library's opening hours and latest news for possible exceptions.

Special Collections is located in Q-1 in the Boole Library.

Special Collections Material

All Special Collections material is for consultation only, and cannot be removed from Special Collections.

Material which is not held in the Reference Reading Room, including theses, has to be requested in advanceSome material can only be consulted in the Rare Books Reading Room.  Please click here for a list.  Manuscript and rare material require 24 hours to be available.  Items published pre-1850 may take up to 24 hours to be available.  All material that needs to be requested may be done in person, by phone or email.

The required information for requesting material is: the date material is needed, the call number in full, title and author and your contact details.

For more information on theses: How to Find Theses

Contacting Special Collections

Email: specialcollections@ucc.ie 

Tel: +353-21-4902282.

Special Collections,
Q-1, Boole Library, 
University College Cork 
College Road, Cork.

Special Collections staff are here to facilitate access to collections, the handling of material and research. Please get in touch!

Accessing Special Collections

Please be aware that you need a valid UCC Student, Staff or Library Card to access Special Collections.  If you are not a UCC staff member or a student, and not a member of the Library, please go to the Library & IT Services Desk on Q for information on External Readers & Visitors.

Further Information

If you are travelling or if you have complex queries please contact specialcollections@ucc.ie or +353-21-4902282 to make sure that all the material, the resources, and the information you need will be available for you.

If you would like to visit as a group please contact the Elaine Harrington, Assistant Librarian for Special Collections (e.harrington@ucc.ie or +353-21-4903484).

Consulting and handling Special Collections material

Special Collections material is unique, rare, old or fragile.

Our procedures and handling leaflets are available as PDFs to download. Please read the Advice to Readers before your first visit. 

Special Collections: Advice to Readers

Handling Special Collections material: Rare Books Reading Room

Handling Special Collections material: Microfilm Room

Handling Special Collections material: Reference Reading Room


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Last updated: 30 January 2017

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