Tipperary Studies is dedicated to documenting and preserving the County’s rich cultural, social, economic and sporting histories, and aims to offer open, friendly and easy access to the Library’s collections to visitors both in person and through correspondence. The Library will collect, maintain and preserve documents of local interest under secure conditions and make them available, in a number of different ways, to members of the public who have an interest in exploring Co. Tipperary’s past. Tipperary Studies also aims to promote its collections and activities amongst the general public, and this is achieved through co-operation with other libraries, schools, historical societies, government departments, third level institutions and local historians. The Library’s staff is dedicated to assisting researchers with their queries and presenting the user with information from the Library’s genealogical, cultural and sporting collections, in a wide range of formats. Tipperary Studies’ collections are ever expanding, and the Library would greatly welcome contributions of Co. Tipperary related sources to ensure that the history of every facet of Tipperary life, both ancient and modern, can be held in trust for future generations.
Facilities and Services
Tipperary Studies is located on the first floor of the The Source Library and Arts Centre, above Thurles branch Library, on Cathedral Street, Thurles. It is a purpose built archive with facilities that can cater for groups of up to 12 people, such as class or historical society visits. The Library is equipped with four microfilm readers and two public PCs, along with ample study and reading spaces. The Library has been designed to ensure that sources of large dimensions, such as maps, broadsheet newspapers and manuscript material, can be viewed with great convenience and comfort. The vast majority of the Library’s newspaper collection is available on microfilm, which offers the user a printing facility. Depending on the condition of the material, other sources are available to be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed. Because of the limited numbers of machines available, prior booking is advised, though not essential.