Postgraduate Research Library

Postgraduate Research Library

An application for funding for the construction of additional library space was made by the University to the Higher Education Authority in March 2001 under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (Cycle 3). Approval was granted in December 2001. This proposal was submitted on the basis that additional library space at UCC would:

  • improve research performance at UCC by enhancing access to UCC's research library and information resources across all subject areas;
  • significantly improve access to key undergraduate library collections;
  • exploit modern information technology in the delivery of library services to the local and wider community

The addition of new library space at UCC aimed to:

  • provide improved accommodation for the University's Special Collections and Research Archives, including enhanced access by readers;
  • improve access to electronic information resources;
  • establish clusters of subject collections for undergraduate and research users
  • simplify library services to research users
  • integrate all Main Campus library collections and services in a single location

The feasibility study was presented to the Buildings Committee in January 2004 and the preferred scheme was a 6,000 m2, €30.7m extension to existing Boole Library to the east. A planning application was submitted to Cork City Council in early July 2004 and full planning permission was received in October 2004. 

Project Team

Niall McAuliffe, Capital Projects Officer

Tim O’ Riordan, Projects Manager

Adrain Downey, Mechanical & Electrical Co-ordinator.

Design Team

SBRA Architects/Wilson Associates (Architects)
Arup Consulting Engineers (Mechanical & Electrical Engineers)
Horgan Lynch & Partners (Civil & Structural Engineers)
PKS (Quantity Surveyors)


Michael McNamara & Company Building Contractor.


This project was completed in June 2007.   The official ceremony to open the new Postgraduate Research Library took place on 24 January 2008 with Ms. Mary Hanafin TD (Minister for Education & Science) officiating.  


For further information please contact the Director of Buildings and Estates at

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork