Following the Taoiseach's announcement of 19 October, our Reading Room will close from Thursday, 22 October, until the Level 5 restrictions are lifted.

We will continue our request and scan service. We request your patience as the demand for this service is significant.

Stay well. We look forward to seeing you in our Reading Room again.


UCD Archives' core function is the curatorship of the archives of the university and the significant institutions which predated its foundation; and of those outstanding collections of private papers and institutional archives acquired and preserved to help document the foundation and development of modern Ireland.

The mission of UCD Archives is to achieve the highest standards in the performance of its core functions:

To identify and preserve collections of archives, papers and manuscripts of national significance, safeguarding the interests of depositors and supporting the teaching and research needs of the university and the wider community.

To identify and preserve those records of the university which are evidence of university functions and which have enduring significance, to support administration and research.

Document of the Month
Death of The Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney

On the 25th of October one hundred years ago the death occured of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney...Read more.

Opening Hours:

UCD Archives reading room hours are:

From 29 September 2020, the Reading Room will open three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please visit our Planning Your Visit page for more information.

Confirmed appointment essential.

Contact UCD Archives:

UCD Archives, University College Dublin
James Joyce Library
Dublin 4

Duty Archivist, Telephone +353-1-716 7555 during Reading Room opening hours
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