The Plunkett Foundation Reference Information Centre houses a comprehensive English-language collection covering all aspects of co-operative and social enterprise in rural areas. The range of books, journals and documents from around the world has been growing since 1914, and represents a unique contemporary and historical resource.
The Reference Library encompasses approximately 20,000 items on all issues regarding the creation and development of co-operative and social enterprises in rural areas.
The Information centre is open to anyone involved in the development of rural co-operative and social enterprise world-wide. The centre displays most of the relevant journals, newsletters and reports published and provides working areas, IT and copying facilities.
The centre is open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm on appointment. We advise you to contact us on +44 (0)1993 810730 or firstname.lastname@example.org one week prior to your visit.
The Information Centre houses the entire series of the Foundation's annual Yearbook of Agricultural Co-operation and World of Co-operative Enterprise (1927-2000); the complete Irish Homesteads (1895-1923) and limited copies of the Diaries and Index of Correspondence of Sir Horace Plunkett, as well as his documents relating to the Irish Convention of 1917-8.
A complete, annotated listing and synopsis of topics, compiled by the National Register of Archives' Historical Manuscripts Commission, is held by the Plunkett Foundation. Some additional holdings of Horace Plunkett's correspondence are listed on the National Archives website http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/default.asp
The Plunkett Foundation Information Service
Using these resources and its expertise the Foundation can provide :
- Tailored Literature search
- Weekly News update
- Document delivery (copyright permitting)
Contact Mike Perry with your requests
The Information Centre can provide a number of added services on request for which a charge may be applicable on a time and costs basis.