What challenges and risks do the books in the Old Library face every day and how do we ‘keep’ the books? What is red rot and what does foxing and acid books mean?
What measures do we take so that library visitors can continue to enjoy and use special collections in the future? Why do we clean books, and what is the dirt? What are Smoke Sponges, Backuums and unbleached cotton tape?
How has the Old Library building changed over the years since 1712? What type of books do we have in the Long Room and when were they made? How many books are there and how have the collections grown over the years?
To learn the answers to all of these questions and more, come to the Long Room in the Old Library to hear 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. The Preservation Assistants will explain 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 15th century to the 19th century will be shown.
Occasionally, other staff from the Preservation & Conservation Department may speak about preservation activities in the Old Library.
Talks run Monday to Friday at 3pm until 30 April 2019 and last 15-20 minutes.
Giovanna Lenny Vidal Sejas, the Charge d’Affaires of the Bolivian Embassy in London, with Patricia Quigley, Accessions Librarian.
While the Library of Trinity College Dublin is well known as a Legal Deposit library, many of our rarer and more obscure works are donated to us, especially those from outside the English-speaking world.
Recently, Giovanna Lenny Vidal Sejas (“call me Lenny”), the Charge d’Affaires of the Bolivian Embassy in London, came to the Library to donate a collection of 35 Bolivian books.
The books have been published as part of the Biblioteca del Bicentenario de Bolivia, Bolivia’s Bicentenary Library, a project which is dedicated to reprinting 200 classics from Bolivian literature, history, anthropology, social commentary etc. to coincide with the country’s bicentenary in 2025.
Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin, Subject Librarian for Hispanic Studies, and Patricia Quigley, Accessions Librarian, met the Chargé d’Affaires for the presentation of the books, and afterwards showed her around the Long Room. All in all, a very pleasant occasion.
We are delighted that the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch & Trinity College Dublin have been shortlisted AGAIN for the Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Long Term Partnership and also the Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment. So keep those fingers crossed, we were robbed back in 2016.
The Awards will take place on September 4 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Wish us luck!
The Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin, a series of six concerts hosted in Trinity’s College Park, will take place from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 29th July (with a break on Thursday 26th July). Preparations for each performance will involve sound checks and equipment tests which are likely to cause noise disruption each afternoon, particularly in the Ussher Library, which is located beside the concert area. Quieter study spaces are available in the Lecky, Berkeley and Hamilton libraries.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause readers.
Applications for student shelvers are now being accepted for the coming academic year 2018/2019.
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 3 August 2018.
Please Note: Interviews for these positions will take place on 31 August 2018. 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 Maria Kelly, Reading Room Maintenance Executive: kellyM10@tcd.ie
All Datapac printing services will be unavailable on Wednesday 6th June from 8am to at least 12 noon due to an essential upgrade. Services will be restored on a phased basis throughout the day. Library staff are available to assist with any urgent printing needs.