Accessing UCC Library

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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. If there is reason you cannot fill out an online form please contact the Library & IT Desk.

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?

External Readers may choose to apply for:

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

Please note that the fee includes a deposit of €10, refunded on return of the Access Card.

                                                    Summer (June-August)

                                                       Individual Users

  Consultation Borrowing
1 Month             €20                                €30                                           

Please note that the fee includes a deposit of €10, refunded on return of the Access Card.

                                                    Temporary Access

                                                      Individual Users

2 Weeks             €20                                     

Please note that the fee includes a deposit of €10, refunded on return of the Access Card.

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.

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.

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.


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 Open Reserve 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.

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.

Please contact the Boole Library Information 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 Librarycannot 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.

During the summer vacation period (June - September) students may apply for access through the CONUL scheme.  Please note a CONUL application is made through your home library.

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Membership Application Form

Inter Library Loans

Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library

Cork University Hospital Library




Letter of Introduction


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