The Special Collections Reading Room is situated on level 2 of the John Paul II Library. Special Collections are held in three locations in the library – the reading room, mobile shelving (level 1) and a large format closed access area (level 1).
The collection contains limited and illustrated editions, autographed copies, printed after 1851. The collection also includes Archival Sources, College Collection, Manuscripts and Archival collections on microfilm and maps, pamphlets and the St. Canice’s collection. Large format volumes are held in closed access on level 1.
Special collections located outside the reading room will be available for consultation on the next day. Photocopying of Special collections material is not permitted. All items in special collection are for library use only and can be borrowed for three hours.
Special Collections material can be consulted by making an appointment by telephone on 01 7087423 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
e-mail Library. email@example.com or enquire at the John Paul II Library
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings - 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am -5pm. Closed for lunch 1-2pm
Special Collections is closed on Fridays.
Special Collections and Archives is a collecting repository that acquires and administers archival collections of private origin. These collections include the papers of academics, writers and other professionals, as well as documents of local interest. Collections of note available for research include the archives of:
- Teresa Deevy (1894-1963), Irish playwright
- Desmond Forristal (1930-2012), Scholar, author and TV producer
- John Sadlier (1813-56), Irish politician and banker
- Sean O’Faolain (1900-1991), Irish writer
- Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995), Nigerian writer and activist
- Pearse Hutchinson (1927-2012), Irish poet, writer and broadcaster
- The Wardell Family (1851-1936) Military family involved in the 19th century South African wars and World War I
- Peadar Ó Laoghaire (1839-1920), Irish language scholar and writer
- The Borrowes Family (1720-1848), Legal documents relating to the Borrowes family of Gilltown, County Kildare
- The Graham Family (1781-1959), Legal documents relating to the Graham family, Belfast, wine and spirit merchants
Please note only fully processed collections are available for research and collections can only be consulted in the Special Collections and Archives reading room. For additional information please contact Special Collections
Archival Sources contain State Papers, Irish Manuscript Commission publications as well as items on microfilm such as the Leinster Papers, the British in Ireland - Police Reports 1892-1924 and the 1641 depositions. The collection is housed on level 1 and is indicated with the prefix AS which appears before the location in the catalogue. These items are for library use only.
This is an archive of donated printed material about National University of Ireland, Maynooth and St Patrick’s College Maynooth together with the works of past and present staff. The archive also contains ephemera such as photographs, news cuttings, posters, and programmes. The prefix CC appears before the location number in the catalogue.
The Irish manuscript collection of St Patrick’s College Maynooth is available on microfilm. Collections of Irish manuscripts from the Royal Irish Academy, the British Library, the Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Cambridge University Library and the Franciscan Library, Killiney are also held. The collection is housed on level 2 and is for library use only. There are two microform reader/printers on level 1.
Maps are held in map cabinets in the map area on level 2 and in the Special Collections reading room. They can be requested through Special Collections and will be made available on the next day.
The pamphlet collection is made of Irish language and Catholic Truth Society pamphlets.