By Maggie Masterson, Pollard Fellowship recipient
Without question, the highlight of my year in the M.Phil. in Children’s Literature has been time spent in the Early Printed Books reading room, researching the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books. The students on my course are lucky enough to have a tour arranged by our lecturer, but don’t let a lack of formal orientation stop you from finding your way up there. Marvelous things await your visit. Continue reading “A reader’s-eye view”
As a new term begins, for some it is the beginning of a new life, or at least a new chapter. This can be such an exciting time, but we understand how daunting it can be, too. So we thought we’d tell you a bit about the Early Printed Books and Special Collections reading room and what you can expect when you visit us. Continue reading “Welcome to our world!”
This post was written by Assumpta Guilfoyle and Louise Kavanagh, both in Collection Management, TCD Library.
On preparing an exhibition on banned books, we knew a certain amount about censorship in Ireland. After a bit more research on the topic it became clear that the banning system failed our now-renowned Irish writers, and denied the Irish public the right to read the very best of literature. The Censorship Board did not set out to ban so many books, but they ended up doing just that. We kept reminding ourselves that it was the 1920s, a Catholic country that was trying to revive its national identity, it was a complex time both at home and abroad. Benedict Kiely, banned, said a prohibition was ‘the only laurel wreath that Ireland was offering to writers in that particular period’. Continue reading “Banned books in Trinity College”
From next Monday, 12th November, until Monday 19th, we regret that there will be some disruption to our readers due to work being carried out on the CCTV system throughout the Old Library building. Continue reading “Disruption to service”
Recently on Twitter there has been a library challenge: 7 black & white photographs of , no humans, no explanations. We ( – are you following us?) were challenged originally by the Royal Irish Academy Library () and subsequently by Waterford Institute of Technology Libraries (). We thought our blog followers might like to see the photographs we posted, perhaps with explanations this time, although most of them speak for themselves. Continue reading “Library life in black and white”