Important notice: Access to Manuscripts, Diocesan and Cathedral Archives Suspended
For essential maintenance in our strong–rooms we regret to inform researchers that access to all manuscripts, diocesan and cathedral collections in the Library is suspended until further notice.
Parish record collections continue to be available. We will update you as soon as works are complete.
Welcome to the RCB Library Desk Reservation System.
As it is no longer possible to facilitate unscheduled visitors, to avoid any disappointment, if you wish to visit to view archives and manuscripts, you must have a pre–booked seat in the reading room in advance of your visit. (Note that you don’t need to reserve a desk if you are just borrowing or returning books).
Additionally to maximise your time in the Library, if you know what you are looking for before your visit, you may order up to five items in advance which will be ready for you on arrival. You must provide full catalogue details of the items you wish to reserve. Examples are provided alongside the links of various categories of records below.
Before access to the Reading Room, Visitors must confirm they have read the Library Regulations.
Please click here to read the Regulations for Readers of Archives and Manuscripts.
ORDERING IN ADVANCE
To Order From the Parish Records
Parishes colour–coded yellow on the Parish Register List have collections in the Library. For references, click the relevant parish name on the list which will bring you to a pdf of the detailed hand–list for that parish. In your order, please include the parish number and relevant volume number of each item you wish to see. For example, if you wish to see the records for the parish of Aasleagh, then click on the link, to see the detailed pdf. If you wish to view the marriage register you need to include the parish number P.0156 and the item number /3.1 = P.0156/3.1. Or if you wish to view the vestry minute book, then include the parish number and the item number /5.1 = P.0156/5.1.
To Order Manuscripts
The Library’s Manuscripts are listed here.
Some collections have no lists, and in those cases, you simply order by the number of the item: for example, the transcripts of Limerick parish registers (MS 1110 on the list) simply order the item MS 1110. However where there are hyperlinks included, such as the list for the Church Education Society MS 154/ for example, you need to refer to the detailed list and provide item numbers, so, for example for the earliest committee book, 1839–44, you need to add the reference 1.1 = MS 154/1.1.
To Order From the Printed Collection
Please click here to access the RCB Library Online Printed Books Catalogue.
For Diocesan Records
Please order from the lists of Diocesan Records available through this page
Please order from the lists of Cathedral Archives available through this page
Please click here to reserve your desk, or click on the button below.