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Name of Library: Russell Library

Address: St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Ireland

Town: Maynooth

Telephone: 353 1 708 3890

Fax: 353 1 628 6008

E-mail: Penny.Woods@may.ie


Alternative names

Maynooth College


Penelope Woods

Job Title

Early Printed Book and manuscript Librarian

Purpose and main user community of the library

Research library for staff, research students from St Patrick's College, NUI Maynooth and

Terms of access

Appointment for internal users. External users require a letter of introduction

Opening hours

M-Th 10.00-13.00; 14.00-17.00

Disabled access

Access to ground level only - 19th century building


No. The collection is pre-1850 mss and archives etc.

Never. Exhibition items to known institutions


c. 16,000

Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Mss, archives, maps, pamphlets

Volumes added per year

c.50; varies considerable. Donations periodically


Dogmatic, moral, pastoral, ecclesiastical history, liturgy, patrology, papacy, councils, scripture,


Special Collections

National Bible Society of Ireland archive collection: 2,000 Bibles; Founded in 1806 as the

Hibernian Bible Society

Salamanca archives: 50,000 documents;

Anglican Theology;

Furlong Collection: 19th century Bishop of Ferns;

High proportion of imprints are continental with the books originating in the Irish colleges;

Access to Maynooth College Archives


Salamanca Archives;

Mss. associated with Irish Colleges on the Continent, particularly France and Spain;

Mss. hagiography and ecclesiastical history.

Research resource

Continental imprints and archives for history of Irish Catholicism on continent.

Varied nature of the pamphlet collection (c.12,000 items)

Theological controversy and sermons

Catalogue Type

Computer; Card

URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photographs can be supplied where appropriate in Terms of access preservation

Full Time Staff 2

Part Time Staff 2

Voluntary Staff

Future plans

Recataloguing of the entire collection has begun


Conservation Unit for the Library as a whole is situated in the Russell Library, with two

half-time conservators.

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