Glucksman Library

The Special Collections and Archives of the Glucksman Library contains the University of Limerick’s archives and rare books.  It seeks to:

    •  Collect and preserve valuable and unique archives and rare books for the University


  • Facilitate research enquiry and make accessible invaluable research resources
  • Enhance teaching programmes with specialist seminars working with primary source material
  • Extend the University’s public profile through exhibitions, tours, visits and open days

Our holdings include:

  • Rare books, including the Dr. Eamon Norton Collection of Irish Bools; The Fr. John Leonard Limerick Collection; The Ciarán McAnally Travel Collection; and the Patrick Lysaght Kerry Collection
  • Print, philatelic and numismatic collections, including the Fr. Patrick Conlan Coin Collection, the Eoin O’Kelly Bank Note Collection; a postcard collection numbering some 15,000 items; and prints, drawings, engravings and maps
  • Over 30 archival collections

The archival our collection highlights include:

  • Estate collections, including Dunraven, Glin, Armstrong and Eyre-Coote
  • Literary papers, including Maurice Walsh, Kate O’Brien, J. M. O’Neill, Michael Curtin, Seán  Lysaght and Gerard Gallivan
  • Republican history including the Daly family of Limerick
  • The Robert Stradling Spanish Civil War Collection
  • The Tiede Herrema Papers

The Special Collections is also the preserve of the National Dance Archive of Ireland (Cartlann Náisiúnta Damhsa na hÉireann), which is committed to collecting, preserving, digitizing and providing access to multimedia dance material covering all major dance genres.

Due to their special nature, the resources held in Special Collections are stored in an environmentally controlled area and can only be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.  Advance booking is essential.

Current photograph identification must be provided on entry, e.g. student card, passport, driving licence etc.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00
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The Glucksman Library advances the success of the university in its core mission in learning, teaching, research and engagement by providing members of the university with access to high-quality academic information and resources, the fundamental building blocks of learning and research. The library plays a vital role with information skills programmes and one-to-one support to equip library users with the competencies necessary for learning, research, employment and lifelong empowerment in an information-intensive world.


Our collections have the capacity to drive the academic and research agenda within UL and also the wider world of scholarship. They provide a stimulating resource for research led teaching and project work, providing taught postgraduates and senior undergraduate students with materials to enrich learning and resources for exploratory and reflective learning. Our unique collections have a strong public appeal and provide us with resources to develop a role in the preservation of national heritage.

The Glucksman Library is one of the most popular and heavily used places on campus with almost one million in-person visits annually and over one million documents downloaded each year. It is a defining feature of student life. The library’s facilities, physical and virtual, provide environments in which effective learning takes place. The library is the pre-eminent out-of-classroom place of learning on campus providing learners with the space and support to maximise the use of learning resources.

The library provides leadership on campus on key issues that affect scholarship, such as information literacy, publishing strategies, open access, copyright and information management. The library deploys its expertise to manage, preserve and promote the information assets of the university, including theses, archives and academic publications.

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