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.

Drama: Routledge Performance Archive – trial online access

Routledge Performance Archive (video and audio).

The Library is currently hosting a trial of the online resource: Routledge Performance Archive.

The streamed audio-visual resource is available to all TCD-affiliated readers via the Library website until 19 May 2017. Please note that you must be ON CAMPUS to gain access.

The Routledge Performance Archive provides streamed audio-visual material, spanning more than fifty years of documented work by practitioners of performance.

The material spans many different subjects, including: European Theatre and Performance; South African Theatre and Performance; African American and African Diaspora; Theatre/Design; Shakespeare, Race, and Performance; Political Performance; Devised Performance; Theatre Masks; and Musical Theatre.

There are interviews on theatre history and contemporary practice, master classes with actor trainers, and both full-length, and excerpts from, contemporary productions and documentaries.

This is a developing resource and the content is updated and expanded every three months.

You can find this resource on the Library’s Trial Databases page or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website.

Please contact the Subject Librarian for Drama and Film with any comments or observations on this resource.



Orbis Europe – online from the Library

Orbis Europe

Orbis Europe is a Bureau Van Dijk (BvD) product added to the collection of the Library’s online resources earlier this year.

Orbis Europe is a subset of BvD’s global ‘Orbis’ tool. It holds information on public and private banks, insurance and industrial companies across 48 European countries. It contains over 85 million companies on the system and is updated weekly. It is replacing Amadeus, an abbreviated European database, in TCD Library’s collection of subscription databases.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for Orbis Europe to access the resource off campus.

StareDecisis – online from the Library

StareDecisis: law reports at your fingertips

TCD Library has taken out a subscription to StareDecisis.

STARE DECISIS: The legal principle by which courts are obliged to respect the precedents established by prior decisions. [StareDecisis site]

StareDecisis, also known as, Stare Decisis Hibernia, provides up-to-date law reports for all the superior courts in the Republic of Ireland, since 2011.

It includes updates on all recently published judgments of the Irish superior courts (Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and previously the Court of Criminal Appeal).

In StareDecisis, you can search cases by Keyword, Subject Matter, Court, or Judge, separately or in any combination

All judgment summaries are written by practising barristers specialising in specific areas.

All judgments are reported within 7 days. Updates normally appear within 5 days of being posted on the Courts Services web site.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for StareDecisis to access the resource off campus.






Chicago Defender (1910-1975) – online from the Library

The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).

Chicago Defender, Front page, Weds., Dec 24th 1969.

Front page, Weds., Dec 24th 1969.

Thanks to the generosity of the School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College, the Library is now providing access to the newspaper archive of the African-American newspaper, The Chicago Defender, available on the ProQuest platform: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender (1909-1975).

THE CHICAGO DEFENDER has been a leading voice of the black community well beyond the Windy City, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. The newspaper was a proponent of The Great Migration, the move of over 1.5 million African-Americans from the segregated South to the industrial North from 1915 to 1925. It reported on the Red Summer race riots of 1919, and editorialized for anti-lynching legislation and the integration of blacks into the U.S. military. This newspaper also supported the aviation career of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, and promoted the writing of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, poet laureate of Illinois. (ProQuest website)

Find the Chicago Defender on the A – Z (Databases by Title) on our Library Databases and E-Books page, (or search Stella directly, using the newspaper’s title) and access the database via the link on the catalogue record.




The New York Times with Index (1851-1993) – online from the Library

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index (1851-1993)

Thanks to the generosity of the School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College, the Library is providing access to the newspaper archive of the New York Times with Index, available on the ProQuest platform.

The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides historical local, regional, national and international coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The resource provides search capability using subject terms in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times. Coverage: 1851 – 2013.

Find the New York Times with Index on the A – Z (Databases by Title) on our Library Databases and E-Books page, (or search for the database title in Stella) and access the database via the link on the catalogue record.   ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index (1851-1993)





Friends of the Library Lecture: The Berkeley @ 50

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. As well as being a Friends of the Library event, it also features in the wider Berkeley50 year of celebrations, and admission is free to mark this. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Not just a building – not just a library: The Berkeley @ 50

Trevor Peare

19:30, Thursday 6 April 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Trevor Peare, a Trinity graduate (Natural Science 1972), retired as Keeper (Readers’ Services) in 2015 having been on the Library staff for 43 years. Known for his affection of the Berkeley Library, he has given countless tours of the building to Trinity’s students, to architects and to the just curious over the years. As Keeper (Systems) in the 1990s, he oversaw the introduction of mainstream automation in the Library in parallel with the development of the Internet, the World Wide Web and into buildings designed before any of that was anticipated. Trevor is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and of the Library Association of Ireland.

“Authorization failure” using Stella in Chrome

We’ve been seeing the above error when trying to access Stella Search using the latest version of Chrome. This was also briefly an issue in other browsers, but providers seem to have fixed the problem now if you update to the latest versions..

Thankfully, the error is straightforward to sort out – download the latest version of Java and install it. This should get Stella (and indeed, lots of other sites that require Java) back up and running.


“If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It – Open Access and Your Research” Evening & Reception

Paccar Theatre
Science Gallery Dublin
Pearse Street
Wednesday 22 March 2017
17:30 – 19:00
Register here

The Library of Trinity College Dublin together with the Graduate Students’ Union and Science Gallery Dublin are delighted to present an evening celebrating Trinity research during Postgrad Week 2017.

The evening will begin with the Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton, launching a new online resource. During 2016 the Library has digitised over 2,000 Ph.D. theses and has been making them available to the world on an open access basis via TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive), unlocking a wealth of research.

A panel of experts will then discuss the different aspects of Open Access: the implications of OA publishing for privacy, data protection and intellectual property; the new EU mandate regarding research data; the benefits and dilemmas for early-career researchers; the Library’s role in supporting authors; institutional repositories and data storage.

Not to be missed if you have intentions of being published any time soon or unsure what Open Access means for you.


Draft Programme:

Venue: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

17:30 Launch: Digitised Theses in Trinity’s institutional repository, TARA

18:00 Panel Discussion: “Challenges and Opportunities of Open Access Publishing”

19:15: Wine Reception

Speaker Bios:

Introduction: Helen Shenton – In June 2014 Helen Shenton became the newly appointed Trinity College Dublin Librarian and College Archivist. Helen joined Trinity from Harvard where she oversaw the bringing together of the services of 73 separate libraries. Prior to Harvard, Helen worked at the British Library where she led the care of the UK’s national documentary heritage collection and the national printed archive. That position followed the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she had responsibility for the conservation and care of the world’s finest decorative arts collections and was deeply involved with major exhibitions at home and abroad.

Chair: Professor Neville Cox – Neville Cox is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Law School. He is the author of Blasphemy and the Law (1999); Sport and the Law (2004), Defamation Law in Ireland (2007), Employment Law (2009) and Defamation Law and Practice (2014). His current area of research focuses on the interplay between Islamic (Shari’a) law and Human Rights.

Panellist: Professor Eoin O’Dell – Dr Eoin O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Law and Chair of the Fellows in Trinity College Dublin. He researches and publishes primarily in the fields of freedom of expression, and private and commercial law (including IP, IT and cyberlaw). He has been President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a Member of the Council and Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland, and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. Professor O’Dell will speak about data protection & copyright within open access.

Panellist: Dr Geoffrey Bradley – Former Vice President of the GSU, Dr. Bradley is now Head of IT Operations and Academic Services in TCD. Geoff is responsible for orchestrating and overseeing the planning, implementation, delivery, improvement and disaster recovery of all central IT infrastructure services in Trinity College Dublin. He will focus on open research data management and handling.

Panellist: Ms Niamh Brennan – Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager for Research Informatics in TCD where she works on the development of Trinity’s Research Support System and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include Ireland’s National Steering Group on Open Access Policy, DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), and is Principle Investigator for OpenAIRE2020 (The European Commission’s Open Access Infrastructure for Europe). Niamh will speak about the open access policies from funders and institutions, and how to easily comply with them while maximising your research impact.