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.

Theses Digitisation Project 2016

Jane Ohlmeyer's PhD thesis

Jane Ohlmeyer’s classic PhD thesis on Randal MacDonnell. Click to read!

We are delighted to announce that the Library is embarking on a large digitisation project of PhD theses (selected from date range 2000-2016) and will be uploading more than 2,000 as open access e-theses to TARA as 2016 progresses. You can see the ones already added in Stella.

Check if your thesis has been selected for scanning in 2016.

If your thesis is on the list and you require some restrictions on access to the electronic copy then please get in touch to discuss the options.

If you are not on the 2016 scan list but would like to contribute a PDF copy of your thesis, we would love to hear from you!

Contact us at: rssadmin@tcd.ie.

Library Closed, Monday 31 October

Happy Halloween!As usual, the Library will be closed for the October Holiday, Monday 31 October. Reading rooms will reopen on Tuesday at their normal hours.

Kinsella Hall and the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room will remain open to Trinity staff and students throughout Monday. The Old Library and Book of Kells Exhibition is also open to visitors.



Library’s Catalogues & My Library Account – one hour downtime

On Monday the 24th of October between 8:00am and 9:00am, the Library’s catalogues and My Library Account function will not be available, due to server maintenance and updating

We apologise for the inconvenience but we expect full services to resume on Monday morning at 9:00am.

Services to Readers Suspended During Downtime:

While we are doing everything we can to minimise service interruptions for readers, some services have to be suspended during the downtime period including:

  • Access to library accounts & stack requests
  • The library catalogue will be unavailable via Stella Search and the Classic Catalogue
  • Access to online resources will not be available

Friends of the Library Lecture: Monsignor O’Carroll on ‘The Irish College in Rome and its Library’

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

Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome on The Irish College in Rome and its Library.

19:30, Thursday 20 October 2016
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Monsignor O’Carroll was appointed Rector of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome in 2011, previously serving as the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Administrator of the Catholic University Church on St Stephen’s Green. He served as secretary to the Council of Priests, Chair of the Dublin Diocesan Trócaire Working Group, and was a member both of the Diocesan Council and the board of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in 2012.

The Irish College in Rome was founded on 1st January 1628 by the Irish Franciscan, Fr Luke Wadding O.F.M. and the Italian Cardinal, Ludivico Ludovisi, a nephew of Pope Gregory XV. In 1642 the College received the first of a series of donations of books which form the nucleus of the present collection of antique books. Today the College library contains over 15,000 volumes. These include approximately 300 sixteenth century books and over 700 publications from the17th and 18th centuries. The Irish Room contains the most extensive collection of works on Irish history available in Rome.

“Making Progress with Digital Preservation” Workshop

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer a day-long roadshow entitled Making Progress with Digital Preservation, to be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub on 1 November. This assists participants to establish sustainable digital preservation programmes and make informed preservation decisions. By the end of the workshop – which will include time for networking and sharing – participants will be equipped with practical targets for implementing digital preservation, as well as guidance and tools to make those targets achievable.

The workshop will help participants:

  • Understand the emerging issues in digital preservation.
  • Draft a digital preservation policy.
  • Understand and articulate the costs and benefits of digital preservation.
  • Prepare a business case for digital preservation.
  • Understand the practical implementation and limitations of available tools.
  • Make informed preservation decisions for their digital collection.
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation.

This workshop will interest:

  • Collections managers, records managers, librarians and archivists in all institutions.
  • IT managers and chief technology officers, chief information officers in institutions or agencies with a need for long-lived data.
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields.

As places are strictly limited they must be booked in advance. Attendance is free for staff of DPC members and costs £45 per person for non-members. Register online (enter the promotional code DPCMEMBER to allow you to register for free) or see more details.

NEW from the Library – Online plays and acting master classes: video, audio, and full text

Drama Online: NEW: Nick Hern Books, LA Theatre Works, Shakespeare’s Globe, Stage on Screen, Hamlet, Patsy Rodenburg

Globe on Screen

Globe on Screen from Drama Online

TCD Library has held a subscription for several years to the database: Drama Online.

Drama Online features theatre lists from leading publishers plus production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum and is an excellent and expanding collection.

In addition to that collection, we have now purchased six new, valuable and individual resources on the Drama Online platform, adding significant video, audio and full text material to the resources already available.

The NEW Drama Online resources are:

  1. NHB Modern Plays (Nick Hern Books): 400 play scripts, screenplays and theatre books, featuring works from Conor McPherson, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright.
  2. L.A. Theatre Works: 350+ streamed AUDIO plays, from LATW, an American audio (radio) theatre company. Readings from literary classics, modern works by American playwrights, Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and contemporary works. The collection also includes original LATW docudramas.
  3. Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Film Collection (Globe on Screen): VIDEO recordings of 21 of the Shakespeare’s Globe’s stage productions.
  4. Stage on Screen: Four VIDEO plays from London’s Greenwich Theatre: The Duchess of Malfi (Webster), Doctor Faustus (Marlowe), School for Scandal (Sheridan) and Volpone (Jonson). Includes interviews, costume designs, productions stills, and background on the play and production.
  5. Hamlet the Film: 1 VIDEO: Hamlet by William Shakespeare, adapted by Michael Grandage (Genesius Pictures). Maxine Peake’s Hamlet is a female character who takes on a male mantle.
  6. Rodenburg [Shakespeare in the present]: VIDEO: an acting master class with Patsy Rodenburg, (Head of Voice, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London)  is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers as well as a renowned authority on Shakespeare.

More details and a link to each resource can be found on the New Resources section of our Library’s Databases and E-Books page. Each resource is also listed on the Library’s Databases and E-Books A-Z or can be accessed directly on the Drama Online site.

Drama Online’s full content list with links for each collection and a list downloadable plays.

Retrieving the Real Frederick May

Public lecture, 10 October 18:30, the Long Room Hub

The reputation of composer Frederick May (1911 – 1985) has just received a major boost. A key piece of his work, the long-lost Symphonic Ballad, has been unearthed from the archives in the Library of Trinity College Dublin by musicologist and Long Room Hub Visiting Fellow Dr Mark Fitzgerald of DIT. It received the full National Concert Hall treatment this September.

May is second from left.

May is second from left.

A public lecture about his research will be given by Dr Fitzgerald in the Hub on Monday 10 October at 18:30. The story of Frederick May’s life, as a musician and an outsider – being gay, Protestant, and Republican – casts new light on narratives of Irishness and modernity in Irish culture.

Student Booksale 12/10/16

student-booksale-poster-2016-colIt’s that time again!

Need to grab a cheap copy of a textbook or set text for your course? While we in the Library will have the vast majority of books you need, sometimes you will want your own copy, especially if everyone in the class is told to read a particular work, or you like to annotate with notes.

With that in mind, the annual Student Booksale takes place on Wednesday 12th October in the Goldsmith Hall Concourse from 10:00am to 3:30pm. These are books selected with students’ needs in mind so lots of textbooks in all sorts of subjects. All welcome, not just TCD students!



Celebrating Research at the Library

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

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

The Library was 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.