Welcome to the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s Alerts Page


This blog and RSS feed is used to send out alerts to members of Trinity College Dublin and those wishing to visit the Library.

Details on admission requirements, opening hours, borrowing rights, and access to the Library’s catalogues and databases can be found at the Library website.

Visitors wishing to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room may visit the Book of Kells website.

Student Shelvers 2016/2017

The Library of Trinity College Dublin is now accepting applications for student shelvers for the 2016/2017 Academic year. Applicants must be students of Trinity College Dublin.

Student shelvers are employed to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton Libraries on the main campus, and the John Stearne Medical Library in the Trinity Centre, St James’ Hospital. The primary role of student shelvers is to sort, move and shelve library materials.

Full details of job description, selection criteria and the application form are available online here. You will require your TCD network username and password to access these pages.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Monday 5th August. No late applications will be accepted.

If you have any queries please see contact details on the application site.

A New Look for the Library’s Website

Launching!We’re excited to be getting a refreshed website design this June! This will reflect the visual identity of College, while retaining our own special features that have been requested by our users, such as our Stella Search box and daily Opening Hours on the homepage.

Importantly, the vast majority of pages will continue to be located at their current addresses, so bookmarks and links will still work. However we will be taking the time to add a few new sections and prune away outdated pages if needed. We’ve spoken to students to see what works and what doesn’t, and will be implemented further changes later to keep making the website better for you.

We’re delighted the new site will also work more effectively on phones and tablets, and are grateful as ever to our colleagues in the Digital unit for their hard work in bringing the site to life.

NEW online resource for the Library: French-language E-Books, Autrement Mêmes collection / dirigée par Roger Little

The Library of Trinity College Dublin has recently purchased access to 51 titles from the Autrement Mêmes collection, published by L’Harmattan, Paris. 

Autrement Memes collection Le ConquérantAbove is one title from the collection directed by Professor Roger Little (Fellow Emeritus (French), TCD). The Library has purchased access to 51 titles, out of a total of 122, to date.

According to Professor Little, the texts in the collection ‘are difficult to find, often available only in specialised libraries, sometimes indeed extremely rare […] all genres and all relevant periods are covered, mainly prose texts, however, from the 18th century to the latter part of French colonialism’.

Each title can be found catalogued individually in the Trinity Library system, Stella, and all 51 titles can be seen together on the database Autrement Mêmes.

For a full list of TCD Library’s databases of journals and E-Books, current, new, and on trial, use the Databases and E-Books link on the Library homepage, found under the Stella search box.

Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin, Electronic Resources Librarian.

Passing of Professor John Byrne

Professor John Byrne, who has been called “the father of Irish computing”, passed away on April 16 at the age of 82. Prof. Byrne had a long and illustrious career in Trinity College Dublin, and was a great friend to the Library.

Thanks to his interest in the Library, our 1872 Printed Catalogue was digitised in 2005 as part of a final year project for Computer Science students initiated by Prof. Byrne. It is incredible to think that the same module is still in use today, a decade later, and has been of benefit to thousands of scholars – quite a legacy.

In the 1990s he was an adviser to the Stella Project, where records from the card catalogue and the periodicals catalogue were digitised and added to the online catalogue, and in the 2000s advised the Mellon Project tasked with digitising the Accessions Catalogue.

As mentioned, Prof. Byrne was a great friend to the Library and was very interested in our work – especially when it came to anything to do with computers! He was an exceptionally courteous user of the Library and very grateful for any help that the Library Staff gave him.

The Irish Times obituary gives more details of this great of Irish computing.

Trevor Peare, the Library’s former Keeper of Readers’ Services adds:

John Byrne told me that his interest in the Library was initially sparked by his discovery in the Library of a very rare edition of Galileo’s works – most of the other copies had been publicly burned soon after publication. The record for the book was “buried” in the Printed Catalogue of 1872. At the time there were only three physical copies of the Printed Catalogue in the Library.

This led him on to his work to make the Printed Catalogue more readily available to  scholars. He supervised a succession of Masters’ students working on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) while it was a very new area of research and application. John found a full set of unbound sheets for the Catalogue in a basement on Front Square which he was able to use for his project.

John’s computerised Printed Catalogue is a masterful demonstration of a powerful interface to a computer system – although the indexing and searching is all automated, the reader is still able to view an image of the appropriate entry in the original Printed Catalogue, so as to browse adjacent entries. It is well worth having a look at his “introduction” on the opening screen and his help screens are models too.

He was still working on some developments on the Catalogue right up to a month or so of his death – he most recently introduced a facility where an unsuccessful search in the Printed Catalogue was redirected to the Stella Search system. John was never one to let things sit as they were – always developing and improving on what had gone before.

John was well known in the Library during the 1970s and 1980s. As well as working on the Printed Catalogue project, he knew his way around the staff areas and was often seen inspecting the newly catalogued books on their way to the shelves – a genuine Renaissance Man, with a huge range of interests, but always kind and courteous to everyone – and meticulous about borrowing and returning his loans.

The Transient Transference of Memory – an Exhibition in the BLU

dec_vt100_terminal DSC_0008As part of the memory-themed programme of events for Trinity Week, a small exhibition has been set up in the Orientation Space in the BLU. Comprising of a very old VT100 terminal (which older readers may remember as the first type of machine to run the electronic version of the Library Catalogue) and some older storage media from the 1980s onwards, it’s a fun and nostalgic look at times gone by. So if you’re interested in the link between computer memory and memory loss and preservation (or you just want to see a load of old computer junk) then take a look at this mini-exhibition in the Orientation Space, which will be there until this Friday…

The Music Library – Unsung Heroes No More

Roy Stanley receiving the award

Roy Stanley receiving the award

Those outside the Department of Music may not know that we have a particularly strong collection around music in the Library (and a particularly knowledgable and helpful Subject Librarian for Music in Roy Stanley); we also allow access to this valuable resource to musicians and music students throughout the island of Ireland via the Music PAL initiative.

In recognition of the services and resources we provide, we were amongst 13 recipients of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (UK and Ireland Branch) Excellence Award, presented at the AGM in Manchester last weekend. Our citation reads: “The service was particularly commended for its excellent stock, participation in Pathways to Learning, the expertise of its dedicated member of staff and effective marshalling of excellent resources.”

Time to blow our own trumpet, just a little bit.

Friends of the Library Lecture: Niall MacMonagle on Art & Literature 21/04/16

WindharpThe Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next event from the spring programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

The Blessing of More Life (Harold Bloom). Musings on Art and Literature

Niall MacMonagle

19:30, Thursday 21 April 2016
Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Niall MacMonagle is a writer, critic and anthologist. He is a former English teacher at Wesley College, where he conceived and edited the bestselling Lifelines series in which public figures wrote about their favourite poet. Other books include Poetry Now (2016), the English textbook for the Leaving Certificate; the anthology Off the Wall, ‘a celebration of the unexpected in poetry’ and Real Cool. Poems to Grow Up With (Marino). He is also a regular contributor to The Book Programme on RTE 1. His most recent book is Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916 (Dublin, 2015).

Friends of the Library Lecture on Architecture and Ornament 10/03/16

PlasterworkThe Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next event from the spring programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Architecture and Ornament: migrant craftsmen in eighteenth-century Ireland

Dr Christine Casey

19:30, Thursday 10 March 2016
Synge Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Casey is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Head of the Dept of History of Art and Architecture. She is keenly interested in the architecture and ornament of the eighteenth century in Ireland and Britain, and in the dissemination of architectural ideas through the medium of print.

Her lecture will tell us of the migrant European craftsmen who worked with architects such as James Gibbs, Giacomo Leoni and Richard Castle, who created the magnificent plasterwork in the great Georgian mansions.

Recent publications include: C. Casey & C. Lucey (eds), Decorative Plasterwork in Ireland and Europe (Dublin, 2012); C. Casey, ed., The Eighteenth-Century Dublin Town House (Dublin, 2010).

New database trial: CAIRN: French-language E-Books and E-Journals

French language E-Books and E-Journals available online. Trial period: 15 February 2016 – 14 April 2016.

TCD Library has arranged a two-month trial of Cairn’s E-Books and E-Journals.

Cairn, the French equivalent of Project Muse, is an online collection of publications in the French language, in the area of humanities and social sciences. Created in 2005 by four Belgian and French academic publishers, Cairn is now providing selected  resources from 130 publishing houses.

During the trial we have access to more than 400 journals and 4,000 books of which, there are 2,200 research books (monographs, proceedings, other collective works) from French and Belgian publishers (Autrement, De Boeck, La Découverte, éres, éditions Mardaga, PUF, ENS, La Documentation française, Presses de Sciences Po and Quae).

The site has both French and English interfaces. It is available on and off campus during the trial.

This resource can also be accessed from the Trial Databases tab of the Library’s Databases and E-Books page.

Home by Starlight: A Poetry Reading for the Friends of the Library 18/02/16

Paula MeehanThe Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next event from the spring programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

‘Home by Starlight’. A Poetry Reading

Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry

19:30, Thursday 18 February 2016
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Paula Meehan is currently Ireland Professor of Poetry (TCD, UCD and Queen’s).

“She is a poet of solidarity – solidarity with the dispossessed, with mother earth and with her sisters and brothers in the craft. Like Heaney she is a poet of place, Dublin being the locus of many of her poems […] ‘Death of a Field’ [is] a lament for how we are stripping the land of its gifts to us” (Irish Times, 26/10/2013).

She has collaborated with dancers, singers (Christy Moore), visual artists and film makers. Her collections of poems include Dharmakaya (Carcanet, 2001) and Painting Rain (Carcanet, 2009).