Russell Library

Last updated 25th March 2009 
Name of library Russell Library 
Address St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland 
Telephone  353 1 708 3890
Fax  353 1 628 6008
Alternative names  Maynooth College
Contact & Job Title  Penelope Woods, Early Printed Book and manuscript Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library Research library for staff, research students from St Patrick’s College, NUI Maynooth 
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 
Lending to other libraries & visitors  No. The collection is pre-1850 mss and archives etc. Never. Exhibition items to known institutions
Number of volumes 16,000 
Periodicals – Back Issues 60 
Current Periodicals None 
Other materials  Mss, archives, maps, pamphlets
Volumes added per year  50; varies considerable. Donations periodically
Coverage  Dogmatic, moral, pastoral, ecclesiastical history, liturgy, patrology, papacy, councils, scripture, ascetic
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. 
Manuscripts 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  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  Recataloguing of the entire collection has begun
Anything else about the library Conservation Unit for the Library as a whole is situated in the Russell Library, with two half-time conservators.