Accessing UCC Library

Who can apply for membership?

Persons who are not members of UCC Library may be considered for membership.
Graduates of UCC are granted consultation access on application. Borrowing rights are not automatic and must be applied for in the usual manner.
Members of the public requiring access for research purposes, or with genuine scholarly needs, can apply to use UCC Library as an External Reader. This research cannot be for profit or as part of your work.

Applications for External Reader membership should be made online

Applications must be approved before the fee is paid

For any queries, please contact the Library & IT Desk at +353-21- 4902292 or email

External Reader Information

Different regulations apply to Staff and Students of other Universities. Please follow the links below for further information.

Staff and Postgraduate Students from other Universities

Undergraduate and Postgraduate-Diploma Students from other Universities

What services are available?

An External Reader has access to the Library for Consultation (consulting resources within the Library) or for Borrowing, depending on the level of service approved.
As UCC Library's primary purpose is to serve the needs of its staff and students, the interests of External Readers should not conflict with the needs of the staff or students.

Please note that access is at the discretion of the Librarian.

Due to the terms of our Licence Agreements with publishers, off-campus access to electronic resources cannot be made available to External Readers.

To give priority to UCC students, during the busy pre-examination period, we regret that External Reader applications may not be accepted.

Visitors (those wishing to access UCC Library for a short period) click here for more information.

                                                    Membership Fees

                                                        Individual Users

  Consultation Borrowing
12 Months            
€60                                      €110                                           
6 Months €40 €70
3 Months €30 €50

                                                    Summer (June-August)

                                                       Individual Users

  Consultation Borrowing
1 Month             €20                                €30                                           

                                                    Temporary Access

                                                      Individual Users

2 Weeks             €20                                     

How to apply

Fill out the online External Reader Application Form and submit. You will receive a confirmation email containing your reference number.

Application approval can take up to 1 week. Please Note, failure to complete all sections of the application form or provide sufficient information can delay the application process. You can contact the Library & IT Desk at any time to check the status of your application.

Once your application is approved you will receive an approval email. You will be requested to present yourself to the Library & IT Desk with:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Address
  • The relevant fee
  • ALCID/SCONUL Card (if selected)

External Reader applications are processed during office hours (Monday – Friday 10:00 -16:30) or outside these hours by appointment.

Information on Wi-Fi or PC access


Once your application has been processed and the fees paid you will then have to go the Smartcard office (Foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn) to have your photograph taken and you new external reader card printed. This card will allow you to;

  • Access UCC library for the duration of your membership
  • Access photocopying and scanning services
  • Electronic payments at points of sale and select vending on campus
  • Payment of fines through the fines kiosk (borrowing only)

External Reader smartcards can only be topped up with cash (€5 minimum) in the top-up machines located in the Copy Centre on Q Floor of the Boole Library and in Áras na Mac Léinn on the Ground floor foyer.

More information on UCC Smartcard can be found here:


Wi-Fi/PC Access

All library users who require access to a Library Computer for research purposes must have a login. Please select this option in the application form if you require computer access.

External Readers only have access to a limited number of PC's located on Q+1, Q+2, Q+3 and in Brookfield Library. Please ask Staff for directions, all other PC's are for UCC student use only.

Wi-Fi is only available to staff and students of UCC or to students of other Universities that are on the Eduroam network.



A Consultation Card entitles the External Reader to use Library materials within the precincts of the UCC Library and to avail of a study space.



Each Registered User is entitled to borrow four items excluding short-loan books, identifiable by yellow labels on the spine and High Demand books identifiable by blue labels on the spine. Certain categories of material may only be used for consultation in the Library, i.e. reference works and periodicals.

The normal loan period is 2 weeks - renewable twice,  in person, online, by telephone and email, subject to recall if it is required in relation to academic courses or by another reader.
External readers should note that they accept Library Regulations by becoming members and as such are subject to the same rules applicable to Internal Readers including fines for retaining material beyond the loan period.



Photocopying/Scanning is available to External Readers on any of the Multi Function Devices (MFD's) located throughout the Boole and Brookfield Libraries. There are Copy Centres on Q Floor, Q+1, Q+2 and Q+3 of the Boole and in Brookfield. Photocopying is paid for via the smartcard, Scanning is activated with your smartcard but there is no fee for this service.

Photocopying charges can be found here

Printing is only available to External Readers through the OPAC printer located in the on Q Floor Copy Centre. Printing is paid for via a prepaid card available from the library & IT desk on the Q floor. The cards cost €3 for 50 prints.

Unfortunately printing is not yet available via the smartcard.


Inter Library Loans

UCC Library can borrow books and journals from other libraries. This facility is on offer to registered External Readers who have borrowing rights, for essential and otherwise unobtainable material. Applications can be made online.

For current charges see Inter Library Loans schedule of fees.


Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library (Brookfield)

The Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library within the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex serves the information needs of the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and the Clinical Therapies, along with the UCC Medical Departments of Epidemiology and Public Health, General Practice Training, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Membership of the UCC Library includes access to Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library.

For more information click here


Medical Library (Cork University Hospital)

Please note that External Reader Membership does not include access to the Medical Library in CUH.  Membership of  this Library must be applied for separately – click here.


Staff and Postgraduate Students from other Universities

Staff and Postgraduate Students (doctoral and masters - taught and research) at other universities in the Republic of Ireland can apply for access to UCC Library through the ALCID or SCONUL Access Schemes.

Staff and Postgraduate students from UK universities can apply for access through the SCONUL Access Scheme.

Please note that applications for ALCID and SCONUL cards are made through your home library.

Once approved for ALCID or SCONUL Access by your home Library you must apply for membership of UCC Library.

Library Membership Application Form

Please contact the Boole Library & IT Desk in advance of your first visit to be made aware of any local arrangements or restrictions.


Undergraduate and Postgraduate-Diploma Students from other Universities

UCC Library cannot accept direct applications from taught-course students at other Irish academic and educational institutions. Undergraduate and Diploma students at other universities who wish to use UCC Library should apply to their own university library for a Letter of Introduction. This letter can then be presented at the Boole Library Information Desk during Staffed Opening Hours. A Letter of Introduction can only be used on one occasion.


Last updated: 04 November 2016