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Rare and Antiquarian Collections

Rare and antiquarian books constitute a substantial part of our Special Collections. Strengths include:

  • travel literature relating to Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially pertaining to the Western seaboard;
  • Irish language material;
  • Irish folklore;
  • devotional literature;
  • 19th century illustrated botanical and zoological collections

We also have significant holdings of 19th century academic materials which were purchased when the College was opened in 1849.

To discover rare and antiquarian material on your topic, search by subject on the Library Catalogue. You will notice options to filter your results in the left hand column. Choose Special Collections under the collections heading to see details of materials on your topic that are housed in Special Collections.

Please note that all Special Collections material must be used within the Special Collections Reading Room of the Library and may not be loaned.



Special Collections Reading Room On Shelves, non loanable
Special Collections Request only, non loanable

Items which are 'Request only' may be requested using the online facility in the book's catalogue record. Printed requests should be submitted to the desk in the Special Collections Reading Room.

If you have any queries please contact us at

Marie Boran

Boran, Marie

Special Collections Librarian
Tel: +353 91492543

Margo Donohue

Donohue, Margo

Research and Learning / Acquisitions Assistant
Tel: +353 91 493476

Geraldine Curtin

Curtin, Geraldine

Research and Learning Assistant
Tel: +353 91493476