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.

Library HITS Training – Monday 25 September

Library Basics 11:00

Learn how to make the most of Ireland’s biggest library – a general introduction to our resources and services.

Reading My Reading List 13:00

You have your reading list, now what? A guide to finding the library resources recommended by your lecturer.

EndNote Online 15:00

How do I manage references for my essay? Save time writing your bibliography. Class duration is 60 minutes followed by an optional clinic for attendees.

Library Basics 17:00

Learn how to make the most of Ireland’s biggest library – a general introduction to our resources and services.


Friends of the Library Lecture: The Archaeology of Medieval Castles

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.

The Archaeology of Medieval Castles

Terry Barry, Fellow Emeritus Trinity College Dublin

19:30, Thursday 21 September 2017

Téatar Máirtín Uí Chadhain, Arts Building Concourse, Trinity College Dublin

A graduate of Birmingham University, Professor Barry taught and researched in the Department of Medieval History up to retirement in 2016. His scholarly interests are in the archaeology of medieval Britain and Ireland, medieval castles and fortifications, and Viking archaeology. His many publications include The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland (London, 1987), with Vicky McAlister (eds) Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland, (Dublin, 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters.

Postgraduate Library Tours

Welcome all incoming postgraduate students! Library staff will be providing 20 minute tours during Postgraduate Orientation Week 2017.

Library Tours for Postgraduate Students from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Meeting Point: Foyer, Berkeley Library

Monday 11th September 2017: 12pm – 1pm

Tuesday 12th September 2017: 12pm – 1pm

Thursday 14th September 2017: 5pm – 6pm (Part-time and Online students)

Friday 15th September 2017: 12pm – 1pm

Library Tours for Postgraduate Students from the Faculties of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Health Sciences

Meeting Point: Entrance to the Hamilton Library, 2nd Floor, Hamilton Building

Wednesday 13th September 2017: 12pm – 1pm

Thursday 14th September 2017: 12pm – 1pm

Thursday 14th September 2017: 4pm – 5pm (Part-time and Online students)

Reader’s Choice: Improving Access to Academic Books with Patron-Driven Acquisition

Update: E-Books Now Live.

Our eagle-eyed readers will have spotted some of the 140,000 (and growing) UK Legal Deposit e-books that we have access to via our Library PCs. Some of the major UK academic publishers have now moved to e-deposit only, such as Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Sage. The Library understands that the access restrictions can be a barrier to research, and so we are inviting TCD staff and students to select, when needed, an additional copy for our collection. Integrated with our catalogue are thousands of records for available titles which can be selected; half are print books and half are e-books. Print books can be ordered with a lead time of approximately three weeks, and on arrival the book will be reserved for you. E-books are available immediately and wherever you are working by using your Trinity login.

Electrical Upgrade of the Berkeley Library Underway

A major electrical upgrade of the Berkeley Library had now commenced for an initial period of four weeks (from Monday 21st August up to Sunday 17th September).

The project will focus on the first and second floors of the Berkeley, consisting primarily of a comprehensive rewiring programme and the installation of new lights and smoke detectors. Additional power points are also likely to be installed on a range of desks, including the postgraduate carrels. The end result will be a safer, more energy-efficient and comfortable library space.

The project schedule breaks down as follows:

  • Monday 21th August – Sunday 3rd September: electrical works on Floor 2 (top floor)
  • Monday 4th September – Sunday 17th September: electrical works on Floor 1

During each of the above two-week periods, the project team requires access to the full electrical grid on each floor. This will necessitate restricting access to Library staff only, meaning that non-Library staff and students will not have direct access to the affected floor during the periods outlined above.

The Library is keenly aware that this has the potential to be disruptive to Library users so we are implementing a series of immediate measures to offset the access restritions:

  1. A retrieval service is now in operation for fetching any books required on a floor that is undergoing maintenance. This will be run through the main service counter on the ground floor (Iveagh Hall). Users can request books in person at the counter or by e-mailing requests ahead of time to library@tcd.ie (e-mail is the preferred option as it will allow us to process requests more efficiently).
  2. Carrels in other parts of the BLU Complex will be offered on a first-come, first-served temporary basis to those directly affected by ongoing works. Anyone interested in this option should contact Iris Bedford (ibedford@tcd.ie).
  3. If a carrel holder needs access to retrieve personal items they can drop by the main service counter on the ground floor (Iveagh Hall) and a Library staff member will escort them up.
  4. If a Library user needs to re-use the same books over a number of days they will be able to leave those books on the trolleys to the right of the main service counter (just outside the Counter Reserve area).

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience the electrical upgrade project may cause. The Library is determined to do everything in its power to continue to provide a comfortable environment for research and study. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peter Dudley (Sub-Librarian, Reading Rooms Services & Space): peter.dudley@tcd.ie.

Arts: Search: 19th & 20th century art and design: a Library-supplied e-Resource

Arts: Search, formerly, designinform, has four databases:

  1. Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), a new ongoing abstracting and indexing service;
  2. Design ProFILES (DP), a comprehensive dictionary of design and designers;
  3. ReVIEW, a full text database of decorative and fine arts journals (140 + titles) published in Europe and the USA during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and,
  4. Research Sources; 1st topic: THE POSTER (1890s and the 1920s).

Research Sources (added in 2017) will focus in depth on a series of art and design history topics.

1st topic: THE POSTER.  It includes a 364-page Bibliographical and Internet Survey of the History of the Poster; an International Directory of Poster Collections; and digitisations of most of the significant books, exhibition catalogues and journals on the Poster published between the 1890s and the 1920s with biographical data on the artists whose work is discussed or illustrated. There are 33 ebooks in this collection at present.



Electronic Thesis Submission Now Live

Great news! Trinity’s much-anticipated electronic thesis (ethesis) submission system is now fully functioning and accepting thesis uploads from research students directly following their thesis examination process.

All newly-awarded TCD research theses will be available electronically via TARA and the Library catalogue – and, with very few exceptions, their full text will be freely and openly accessible to anyone searching the Web.

The processes around the deposit of research theses in Trinity have been automated and improved. Now that the ethesis is the agreed master copy of the thesis, once notification of its deposit is received by Academic Registry, the student’s name is immediately sent to Board and Council for approval for conferring. No more hanging around waiting, thus benefitting international students in particular.

Of course, the thesis still has to be printed as, for the time being at least, College and the Library requires the student to supply two hardbound copies. This process has also been automated. Now, at the press of a button, a student sends the ethesis to the Thesis Centre or the printer of their choice for printing. And the student no longer has to trek up to Academic Registry to hand in their hardbound copies! The Thesis Centre is delivering them directly to Academic Registry as a free, optional service.

A steady flow of ethesis deposits are expected throughout the summer, with a massive intake expected in September. For information on submitting a thesis electronically, including a demo video and step-by-step instructions, visit our Submitting Theses page.

Student Shelvers (Term Time), 2017/2018

Applications for student shelvers are now being accepted for the coming academic year 2017/2018.

Each year the Library employs a number of student shelvers who work 10-12 hours per week at the Libraries on Campus and in the Trinity Centre at St James’s Hospital. The primary role of student shelvers is to sort books and return them to the shelves each morning before the Library opens.

A full job description and short-listing criteria are available on the application website. Please ensure you read these in detail before completing the form on the website.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 4th August 2017.

Please Note: Interviews for these positions will take place on the 29th September 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by e-mail of their interview time at least one week in advance of the interview date.

If you have any questions please contact Jessie Kurtz, Deputy Librarian, by e-mail: kurtzj@tcd.ie.

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

What 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?

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 220,000+ books of the Old Library. They’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 3pm until 18th August and last 20 minutes.

Want to know more? Sarah Timmins, one of our current Preservation Assistants, has written a great piece on how our precious books in the Long Room are repaired.

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.

Original text by Heather Courtney.



PhilPapers – online from the Library

A new addition to the Library’s online resources for Philosophy is PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online.

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. PhilPapers offers features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums.

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 PhilPapers to access the resource off campus.