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How to arrange a visit 

You can research our collections in the reading room of the archives service which is located at Johnston Central Library in Cavan Town.

There is no charge for using our archives service. However, we can only offer limited hours at present and this is also subject to library staff availability. You must make an appointment well in advance.

Our collections

All archives are open to public access. The service collects archives which relate to County Cavan from both public and private sources.

Public sources 

Public sources include current and now dissolved local government bodies in Cavan such as Cavan County or Town Councils, Corporation, Rural and Urban District Council.
The earliest documents date from the mid-seventeenth century. The collective impact of these archives is to document the development of the county and to record the interaction between local government and the county’s citizens. Local authorities have always been responsible for the provision of a wide range of services to the citizens they serve and collections can be surprisingly rich.

Private sources

Archives are collected from private sources such as schools, societies, hospitals and businesses. Click any of these links for information held in PDF:

Collections for research

The County Council minutes
The Grand Jury
The Drainage Committee
The Belturbet Corporation
The Agriculture Committee
The County Council Rates
The Cavan Town Commissioners
The Board of Health
The National Schools
The Private Collections
The Co-operatives
The Poor Law Unions
The Rural District Councils

Reading room rules

Our Reading Room Rules complement our Customer Care charter. Researchers are asked to observe a number of simple rules when using archival documents. The rules are not meant to deter prospective researchers but are put in place as many documents are fragile due to their age and to ensure they are safely preserved for future users. Click on the reading room rules word (99.4kb) or reading room rules pdf (38.0kb).

Donating Archives

County Cavan archives service welcomes donations of stock. We are continually seeking new items to add to our collections. Click on Policies to read our donations policy

Contact the Archivist

Email: archives@cavancoco.ie