The Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) is the representative body of research libraries in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Its members are:
CONUL was established in 1971 by the seven university libraries and the National Library of Ireland. Later members to join the consortium were RCSI, TU Dublin and RIA. More recently Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster have become members.
CONUL is the only research libraries consortium that encompasses the island of Ireland, has independent governance and is open to all research institutions with significant print and digital collections.
CONUL is in a unique position to deliver collaboration, innovation and best practice across all of Ireland’s research libraries.
Standing subcommittees and task and finish groups will be set up by the Committee, as deemed required, with terms of reference and membership pre-approved by the Board.
The CONUL Board will nominate members to serve on other external committees and Boards by unanimous agreement at CONUL meetings.
There are over 240,000 individual members of CONUL libraries, including students, researchers, members of the public and visitors.
Irish research library collections hold Ireland’s memory and enable Ireland’s discovery. CONUL is at the heart of Ireland’s global advance as a place of new research, of digital depth and cultural breadth.