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.

Friends of the Library Lecture: A Discovery from the Fagel Library – The St Petersburg Drawings

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

A Discovery from the Fagel Library: The St Petersburg Drawings

Dr Eddie McParland

19:30, Thursday 16 February 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Dr McParland joined the TCD Department of the History of Art in 1973 and was elected a Fellow in 1984. His research has been mainly in the history of Irish architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. His many publications include a biography of James Gandon in 1985 and a history of public architecture in Ireland between 1680 and 1760 (Yale 2001). A founder of the Irish Architectural Archive in 1976 and the Irish Landmark Trust, Dr McParland was elected Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2013.


Berkeley50 – A Year of Celebrations

Our iconic Berkeley Library is 50 years old this year – and we need your help to celebrate!

Every week, we will release a new post on the Berkeley50 website – check out the first ones there already. We need your photos and stories to make this work. Can you help?

Some of the stories will be about the time before the opening, when Trinity was pulling together the funds and deciding on the design. This is a snippet from the film that was released in 1958 to help fundraise:

We will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the anniversary. Follow the events and stories on Twitter using #berkeley50.


28th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 28th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 21 February in the Exam Hall (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm. The auction catalogue is online.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’ 22 February, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 23 February 10.00am-2.00pm.

Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday when everything must go. Inquiries to booksale@tcd.ie or to 896-2276. From after the sale, books are collected year-round at the Booksale Office, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse Street.

New Book – Early Irish Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Hot off the printing press and just in time for Christmas is a beautifully little book that provides an overview of the Library’s early Irish gospel books.

The Library of Trinity College Dublin possesses seven early Irish gospel books, dating from the 7th – 9th centuries and possibly earlier, of which the Book of Kells is the most famous. This book outlines what is known about how these manuscripts were made, including recent scientific research on the pigments used by their makers. It explores who might have been responsible for their creation, and the type of environment in which they worked. The different formats of the books, and the nature of their ornament yield some clues as to how they were originally intended to be used, while various interventions – from added lines of text, to forged signatures, to particular patterns of damage – provide glimpses into the stories of their survival. The book is lavishly illustrated with many photographs published here for the first time.

The book is available in the Library shop (with the usual staff discount), and via email from nphelan@tcd.ie.

Susan Bioletti and Rachel Moss, Early Irish Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, (Trinity College Dublin, 2016), pp 97; ills 71. ISBN 978-1-911566-00-7. €10

The Book of Kells from the RTÉ Archives, 1989

The Book of Kells is obviously one of the best-known treasures of the Library, so it’s always nice to see it mentioned by the media.

This gem from 1989 is from the “teenage entertainment show” Jo-Maxi, and discusses how the Book of Kells was reproduced for printed facsimile copies – the images taken then are what formed the basis of the later DVD, app and online versions.

The Librarian of the time being interviewed, Peter Fox, is the author of Trinity College Library Dublin: A History.


Putting Your Humanities Content Online – Workshop 12 December 2016, 10:00 – 13:00

Tim Keefe and Marta Bustillo of the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services Team, are delivering a workshop on Digital Humanities Projects, in the Long Room Hub on Monday 12th December. The workshop is aimed at humanities researchers and is part of the Long Room Hub ‘Telling our Story’ 2016-2017 Programme of Events.
This workshop will introduce methods of planning and organisation to ensure successful online publication and archiving of digital projects. The session will also include several lightning talks to help support the overall theme of online engagement with your scholarly humanities content:

Dermot Frost, the head of Research IT will discuss available Trinity resources for digitally facing humanities work.

Mark Sweetnam, Assistant Professor of English, on the topic of Scholarly communications with digital humanities project work

Ciaran O’Neill, Ussher Lecturer in 19th Century History, on the topic of public engagement with archive/historical sources and citation

Dr. Jennifer Edmunds, Director of Strategic projects, will discuss her ongoing work on the CENDARI Project

Open Day Library Tours Saturday 10th December 2016

Pomodoro SphereAs part of Open Day 2016, the Library would be delighted if you could join us for a short tour of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries. Students and their families are all very welcome. Teachers too!
Please meet us in the foyer of the Berkeley Library
Tours will run every 15 minutes from 10:15 to 13:00 and will last about 10 minutes. They will be led by Trinity students so it’s a chance to talk to them about life at Trinity and they might even show you their favourite spot to study in the Library!
We look forward to seeing you.

New Online Booking System

The Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new online booking system for the group study rooms in the BLU, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries.

Students can now book Library group study rooms online from anywhere. For full details about the rooms and to book, please go to Online Group Study Room Booking.

Students can access the system from Wednesday 7th December to make bookings for Monday 12th December onwards.