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Library Regulations

The Library Regulations are listed in the College Calendar.

All readers are required to observe the terms of the Library Declaration.


  1. It is a breach of the Library regulations to attempt to enter any Library building by use of another reader's Identity Card. Readers must show their Trinity College Dublin ID Card, ALCID Card, or Visiting Reader Card on request to any member of the Library staff when within the Library.
  2. Readers before leaving Library buildings must present all books, bags and briefcases to the Library security guards for inspection on request. No Library book may be taken out of a Library building except a book the loan of which is permitted and which has been recorded by the Library staff as being on loan to the reader.
  3. Mutilation or defacement of any book or article of Library property is regarded as a major offence.
  4. Readers may not use bottles of ink or correction fluid in the Library, nor may such substances be left on desks or in reading rooms.
  5. Silence must be observed as far as possible in all parts of the Library. The use, in a manner causing noise or disturbance, of electrical equipment such as computers, mobile phones, mp3 players, personal stereos, or radios is prohibited. Except in respect of computers in specifically designated areas, the Library does not make power outlets available for such electrical equipment. Users of computers in the Library are reminded that they must also comply with the College's IT and network code of conduct and other regulations for the time being in force.
  6. Smoking and the consumption of food and drink are forbidden in all parts of the Library open to readers, and no items of food or drink may be left on desks or in reading rooms.
  7. Readers are not allowed to bring visitors into the reading rooms.
  8. Readers are not permitted to reserve seats by leaving their belongings or books on seats and desks. The Library staff may move any property left at unoccupied desks or seats for more than 30 minutes except for officially reserved seats and carrels.
  9. Readers are at all times responsible for their own property.
  10. Readers are required to comply with the provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Acts, 2000 when making photocopies from material which enjoys copyright protection. Failure to comply may expose the person to potential civil liability and, in the case of a student or staff member of College, to College disciplinary procedures. The attention of readers is drawn to the notices on display beside all photocopying machines in the Library. See Copyright page for more details.

Library Declaration

All readers are required to observe the terms of the Library Declaration.

The following is a translation of the declaration:

"I,...., do solemnly promise that, whenever I enter the Library, I will treat the books and other furniture of the Library in such fashion that they may last as long as possible. I further promise that neither will I myself take away any book nor designedly damage or write in or badly treat in any way whatever any book, nor so far as in me lies will I suffer such things to be done by others. All and each of which things and all the Statutes of the Library, in as far as they concern me, I promise and vow faithfully to observe."

In its original Latin:

"Ego,...., solemniter promitto, me, quoties in Bibliothecam hujus Collegii venire contigerit, libros ceteramque Bibliothecae supellectilem sic tractaturum, ut superesse quam diutissime possint. Promitto etiam quod neque ipse librum aliquem asportabo, sponte corrumpam, interscribam, aut alio quovis modo abutar, nec ab aliis haec fieri (quantum in me est) permittam. Quae omnia et singula, et omnia Bibliothecae statuta (quantum ad me attinet), me fideliter observaturum promitto, et spondeo."

Sanctions for Breach of Library Regulations

Breach of the Library regulations will result in sanction by the Librarian, the Junior Dean or the Disciplinary Committee, as appropriate.

Appeal against a Library penalty or decision of the Junior Dean is to the Disciplinary Committee.

The Librarian operates a system of penalties (as approved from time to time by the Board) for breaches of the Library regulations.

Penalties may include fines, administrative and other charges, ejection and temporary or permanent exclusion from the Library and/or the College and/or the University, and the confiscation of any personal property brought into or used within the Library in breach of Library and/or any other applicable College regulations.

The Library shall not be responsible, in any way whatsoever, for any property so confiscated.

Senior Sophisters and other final year students who have passed their final examinations are required to return all books to the Library within one month following their examinations.

The Library will return records of books and fines outstanding to the Proctors' Office, for the purpose of alerting students to their obligation to clear their Library records so that they may proceed to Commencements.