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UCD Library Building Papers

UCD Building Papers

Earlsfort Terrace

UCD Library Special Collections holds the Building Papers for UCD Library.
Identity Statement
Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/LIB

UCD Library Building Papers.


Level of Description

11 boxes.


Administrative History

  • In 1959, it was recommended by a Government Commission that UCD should move to a new campus at Belfield, south of Dublin City.
    The move began in the early 1960s with an architectural competition to create a new campus.  A young polish architect, Andrzei Wejchert, was the winner.
  • Planning and construction of the new campus continued in the late 60s and early 70s and phase 1 of the new library building, designed by the Scottish firm Hardie Glover, was operational by 1973.
  • Phase 2 of the library plan was delayed due to funding constraints and was not finally completed until 1986.

Source of Acquisition
Librarian’s Office, James Joyce Library, 2008.

Content and Structure
  • UCD Earlsfort Terrace draft plans (1912–14)
  • UCD Architectural Competition Registers (1960s)
  • Phase 1 and Phase 2 library building plans (1958–1986?)
  • Architectural drawings, internal furniture and book stack designs (1960s–1980s)
  • Tender and transfer documents (1960s–1980s)
  • Research material regarding other university libraries and public libraries (1960s–1980s)
  • Photographs of the Library, staff and students (1991–2001?)
  • Photograph of the first class of librarians at UCD to receive diplomas (1929)
  • Correspondence concerning architectural competition, architects plans and An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (1960s–1980s)
Access and Use

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.


Finding Aid
Box list.

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie