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Special Collections & Archives

DCU Library holds distinctive collections of archives, early printed books, manuscripts, pamphlets, personal libraries and photographs. Together these form our Special Collections & Archives. We have holdings of national and international standing in education, history, literature, media and journalism, politics, philosophy and religions, and science and health.

These collections support research by the widest range of scholars, including undergraduates, graduates, faculty and other researchers whose work relies on primary source materials, rare books and multi-format special collections.

The Library and the SC&A Directorate also consider service to scholars on the national and international levels to be an important part of its mission, and will support research communities by building collections in strategic areas.


Our exhibition gallery is on the ground floor of O’Reilly Library beside the Issue Desk. Our current exhibition Discover: Special Collections & Archives, officially launched on June 19, 2018 by President Brian MacCraith, offers a broad overview of formats and themes contained within our collections. This recently redeveloped space is intended to host a rolling schedule of curated exhibits focusing on different aspects of the collections and their associated research topics. We welcome proposals from faculty for exhibition topics.

Accessing Collections

In the first semester of 2018-19 we will commence our SC&A service to enable access to SC&A collections. This will include:

    • a new Invigilated Reading Room on the lower ground floor of O’Reilly Library;
    • a dedicated searchable catalogue for SC&A materials;
    • an expanded web presence including archival finding aids and collection descriptions. 

Contact Us

General queries may be emailed to
Individual contact details are below:

Joe Dooley

Library Assistant

01 7008735

David Meehan

Associate Director

01 7008759

Felix Meehan


01 7005631

Liam O’Dwyer

Assistant Librarian

01 7008745