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.

Celebrating Research at the Library

probe-research-night-landscape-posterThis year’s event promoting Trinity’s role in research takes place on Friday 30 September at locations across campus – and the Library is well represented by involvement in four of the talks and presentations.

Probe is a free evening of music, talks, performance, films, food, experiments and workshops that explore the fascinating research that is shaping our world.

The Library is excited to be involved in the following events:

Hidden Histories: Researching the Treasures of the Library

Exhibition Area, Old Library, 5 – 7pm every half hour

Join Library experts in the exhibition area to discover how they research, interpret and conserve the treasures of the Library. Get an insight into the imagery, materials and techniques that were used to produce our most precious early manuscripts, such as the Book of Kells. Take a look down a microscope at the tell-tale characteristics of parchment and leather, and handle some of the raw materials used to create, and to conserve, the early book structures. Take a closer look at the detail and learn about the meanings hidden in the decoration.

Research in the Everything Library

Blackstone LaunchPad, Berkeley Library Foyer, 5 – 8pm every half hour

What does it mean to have the entire published universe of two jurisdictions, the UK and Ireland, at your fingertips? What kind of research is needed in order to help researchers navigate this universe? Come join us to experience the weird and wonderful depths of the Library’s modern collections. See how a book ends up in the catalogue; how researchers can read Library materials without ever setting foot in a library building; how electronic publications are collected; and how even transient web pages are captured for posterity. Friendly Library staff will be on hand to show and tell, to explore questions about the (digital) future and to discuss some of the possible answers.

Digital Repository and Imaging Service

Trinity Long Room Hub, 5 – 8pm

Explore the work of Trinity’s DRIS (Digital Resource & Imaging Service), a department dedicated to the development of digital library collections to support research, teaching and scholarship. The team at DRIS, in collaboration with Computer Science researchers, will be demoing a software app which displays resources about the Harry Clarke Studios from the DRIS Digital Collections database, provides geolocation information about the churches where the related stained glass windows can be  found (based on Ordinance Survey data), and maps out how to get there.

Reconstructing the Past

The Long Room, Old Library,  7 – 8pm

From meteor impacts to ancient scrolls, join us for a storytelling event in Trinity’s iconic Long Room that reveals the different ways researchers look to the past.

Featuring geologist Ian Sanders on reconstructing our planet’s ancient past, zoologist Nicola Marples on understanding the evolution of life, geneticist Dan Bradley on decoding humanity’s past by looking at our DNA, and our own Manuscripts & Archives Research Library curator Jane Maxwell on uncovering and protecting the artefacts of human culture.



Culture Night 2016

As with previous years, we’re delighted to be part of Cuture Night 2016, offering free entry to the Book of Kells Exhibition and the Long Room of the Old Library. Admission is free between 5 and 9, but numbers may be limited during that time to avoid overcrowding.

Also, Library staff member Beata Daly will be exhibiting some of her artwork in the newly-opened Abbey Studios on Marlborough Street, so please swing by if you are hitting the Northside’s attractions too!

Friends of the Library Lecture: Felix Larkin on ‘Dublin Opinion’

dublin-opinion-coverThe Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their first lecture from the autumn programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

‘Dublin Opinion’, 1922-1968 : the safety valve of a nation by Felix M Larkin
19:30, Thursday 22 September 2016
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Felix M. Larkin is an historian and former Irish public servant. He was chairman of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland 2010-13 and academic director of the Parnell Summer School 2013-15. He is the author of Terror and discord: the Shemus cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924 (2009) and of numerous scholarly articles on the history of the press in Ireland.

“Library HITS” – how to get the best from the Library

hits-logoOnce again the Library is oiffering its “Library HITS” – Helpful Information for Trinity Students/Staff – sessions from Monday 26 September.

All new students should receive a brochure outlining the HITS programme during your Library tour; if not, extra copies are available from Library Service Counters or see the online brochure.

Classes are in the Berkeley Library Basement – generally the North Training Room (NTR), except for EndNote Desktop and Digital Library Collections which will be in the South Training Room (STR).

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Blackstone LaunchPad @ the Berkeley Library – Supporting Innovation

The Library of Trinity College Dublin Stock PhotographyEagle-eyed new students and visitors will have noticed the Blackstone LaunchPad space in the foyer of the Berkeley Library. The purpose of the area is to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Trinity, and act as a focal point for all student start-ups at all stages from pre-idea to revenue.

And it’s having an effect. In the annual Pitchbook Universities Report, released last week, Trinity College Dublin has ranked as number 1 in Europe for producing VC-backed entrepreneurs from our undergraduate programmes – for the second year running.

They have noted 192 entrepreneurs in this year’s report, up from 114 last year. Company count was 180 (106 last year). $2,166M capital raised ($655M last year). Trinity is the only European University listed in the top 50 worldwide!

Daily Talks in the Long Room – “Keeping the Books”

collonnadesWhat does ingrained dirt on books and ice hockey have in common? What is red rot and foxing? How long did it take Trinity College Dublin to acquire its first 100,000 books and how many books are added annually? Do people still read the books in the Old Library? How are the books in the library organized on the shelves? Where can you see every page of the Book of Kells? What subject matter is covered in the Library and how was the collection built over time? What are the greatest threats to a historical library and how do we protect the books?

L-R: Sandi Sexton, Heather Courtney, Nadja Delmonte & Sarah Timmins

Our Preservation Assistants. L-R: Sandi Sexton, Heather Courtney, Nadja Delmonte & Sarah Timmins

To learn the answers to all of these questions and more, come to the Long Room in the Old Library to hear the Preservation Assistants talk about keeping the collection of early printed books. The Preservation Assistants are part of an ongoing project, started in 2004, to systematically clean the over 220,000 books of the Old Library. We’ll walk you through the challenges of preserving an historic collection in a historic setting and explain how the books are cleaned and preserved for the future. Examples of books from the collection, dating from the invention of the printing press in the 15th century to the Victorian Era in the 19th century will be shown.

Talks run Monday to Friday at 10am, 12pm and 3pm until 18th November.

Alumni and current students can see the Book of Kells, access the Long Room, and attend these talks for free, with up to three guests.

Other visitors who have paid for entry to the Old Library are welcome to attend the Keeping the Books talks for no additional charge.

Text by Heather Courtney








Electrical Upgrades, Lecky Library – from 25/08/16

Work on installing power sockets with USB outlets on Lecky Library desks will commence on Thursday 25th August 2016.

This work is welcomed as it will add 178 power outlets to the 63 that were installed last summer. So, although we are delighted the work will go ahead as planned, nevertheless we are aware that there will be some disruption to regular users of the space.

The work will include the following installation:

(1) Lower Lecky – on 86 desks

(2) Upper Lecky – on 92 desks

…and will run for approximately 4/5 working days in the Lower Lecky, followed by 4/5 working days in the Upper Lecky.

During the works, as there will be some disruption in the area, we would advise you to seek quieter study areas elsewhere in the BLU Libraries complex.

Apologies for this disruption.

Britannica Academic (formerly Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Summer is a time when our subscription e-resource providers often choose to launch new platforms and unveil improved, expanded offerings. One of these, this summer, is Britannica Academic, the direct descendant of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Britannica Academic: Some advantages of its new platform:

  • There are improved search and filtering options.
  • It is possible to track every change and addition to an article using the ‘Article History’ option.
  • Primary materials can be found in the add-on resource (automatic trial enabled by Britannica, until 12 September), ‘Original Sources’.

Britannica Digital Learning offers free 30-minute online training webinars. Sign-up, details and dates.

Have a look at Britannica Academic, or at any of the Library’s subscription e-resources, by visiting our Databases and E-Books page on the Library’s web site.

The Library provides access to its subscription databases, both on and off campus, to TCD-affiliated readers, but remember that you must access these resources via the Library site to be recognised as being ‘TCD-affiliated’.

Early Irish Manuscripts Project Shortlisted for Major Award

Some of you may already know about the Early Irish Manuscripts Project, a conservation, research and digitisation campaign focused on four of the Library’s most important early medieval insular Gospel Books funded by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project.

We are delighted that the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch & Trinity College Dublin have been shortlisted for the Allianz Business to Arts Award 2016 for Best Large Sponsorship. The three other contenders are projects spearheaded by Sky, An Post and RTÉ, so keep your fingers crossed as the competition is tough!

The Awards will take place on Monday, September 19th 2016 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Time to dust off our dinner jackets and ballgowns…