BUILDING COLLECTIONS: 300 years of the Old Library
In 2012 Trinity College Library Dublin will mark the tercentenary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Old Library, one of the great libraries of the Western world. The balance and symmetry of the architecture have made the building an icon for the organisation of human thought and expression. Its collections span over a millennium of recorded thought.
To commemorate the occasion a one-day conference will be held entitled BUILDING COLLECTIONS: 300 years of the Old Library. The conference will be held on Monday 25 June, 2012 in the Thomas Davis Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, followed by a celebratory reception in the Long Room.
The conference will examine aspects of the physical structure of the Library, and its alterations through the centuries, as well as focusing on the context within which its renowned early printed books and manuscripts holdings have developed.
The day promises to deliver fascinating insights into the progress of social and intellectual endeavour in Ireland, and the emergence of a world-class research library in Dublin.