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What is an Institutional Repository (IR)?

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

An institutional repository (IR) is an open access digital archive of all the scholarly activity, publications, and research related to that institute. An IR can preserve content and also increase research visibility and collaboration. Explore the IRs on this page and reach out to the library at RCSI with any questions. The library is proud to manage and promote the open access institutional repository at RCSI.

What are the benefits of an institutional repository?

Collation - Scholarly content is diverse (books, theses, research papers, reports, departmental guidelines, etc.) and having a single place to store and access everything is a major advantage.

Preservation - Preserving scholarly work gets much easier with an online open-access institutional repository.

Visibility -  Anyone interested in viewing this material can freely access and view it online.

Leadership - When an institution’s research content is accessed widely, you can expect more people to cite, share, link, and discuss it. The institute itself gains more traction. 

Irish Repositories

Repositories of third level institutions in Ireland

RCSI Repository

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin City University

Technological University Dublin

Mary Immaculate College

University College Cork

Maynooth University

University College Dublin

NUI Galway

University of Limerick


Repositories of other Irish institutions

  • Department of Health - Departmental publications
  • Digital Repository of Ireland - National digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data.
  • Lenus - the Irish Health Research repository is the leading source for Irish research in health and social care.  The Lenus collections include peer reviewed journal articles, grey literature, dissertations, reports and conference presentations.
  • National Library of Ireland - The National Library’s holdings constitute the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material in the world and offer a representation of Ireland’s history and heritage.
  • Oireachtas Online Library - Research and legislative documents of the Irish parliament. 
  • Research@THEA - Open access repository established in 2017 containing research from all the Institutes of Technology.