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Welcome to the Library

Welcome!

The Library of Trinity College Dublin is the largest library in the country. We look forward to helping you achieve and succeed. Library staff are here to support your studies and continued academic learning, providing you with the skills and tools to make the most of your time here #TCDFreshers

Plan Your Visit

To ensure the safety of all staff and readers, the following measures have been implemented across the Library:

  • Readers must wear face coverings in all Library spaces
  • All study spaces are at least 2 metres apart
  • There is a 'keep right' policy in all spaces
  • Readers are required to maintain 2 metre social distancing in all spaces and not to congregate anywhere in the buildings
  • The Library provides hand gel at key locations throughout the reading rooms
  • Wipes are also available near the entrance to each floor so that study spaces can be wiped down before and after use
  • Readers should feel free to browse and use books from the open shelves. When finished with a book, it should be placed on the nearest available trolley. Books should *not* be re-shelved - Library staff will take care of this
  • When leaving the building, please ensure that all books are removed from study spaces and placed back on trolleys to facilitate the cleaning of reading rooms
  • For readers in the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher complex, please note that the Lecky entrance to the Arts Building is closed. You will therefore need to use the Berkeley entrance to enter and exit the complex
More details on Library services during COVID-19

Find Your Library

There are five main library buildings:

  • Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher Libraries (BLU Complex) - material for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, plus some other subjects such as Nursing & Midwifery
  • The Hamilton Library - books for the Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics and Mathematics
  • The John Stearne Medical Library - located in the Trinity Centre for the Health Sciences at St James's Hospital, this library holds Trinity's medical collection
  • The 1937 Reading Room - a study area for postgraduate students only
  • The Old Library - a shared reading room in the Old Library for Early Printed Books & Special Collections and Manuscripts & Archives. Access is by appointment only; e-mail epbooks@tcd.ie or mscripts@tcd.ie as appropriate
    • Early Printed Books & Special Collections - the oldest and most valuable books in an ever-expanding collection
    • Manuscripts & Archives - more than 20,000 collections of manuscripts and archives, dating from the 13th century BC to the present day

Some subjects may have copies of books in more than one library.

3D Library Maps

Access and Opening Hours

You need your student card (TCard) to enter the libraries and to borrow. The Trinity Live App can also be used to gain access to library spaces.

Each library building has its own opening hours, which change outside of term-time. The Library homepage always displays today's hours. You can see future times on our opening hours page.

All opening hours by library building

Locating Books

More information on finding books in the Library

Borrowing

Use the self-service kiosks to borrow and return books from the shelves, and to return books from storage. Use the Library counters to collect books from storage using Click and Collect (due to COVID-19 safety measures, books cannot be returned to counters – they must be returned at the self-service kiosks).

If you're an undergraduate student you can borrow up to ten books at a time with the prefix LEN, S-LEN, or SJ.

If you're a Masters or doctoral student, you can borrow up to a total of 50 items:

  • up to 10 books at a time with the prefix LEN, S-LEN, or SJ
  • up to 50 Legal Deposit books from the shelves or storage

Overview of borrowing entitlements and loan periods

Click and Collect

Because of the vast size of the collections, many books are in storage, but these can be retrieved for you. Stella Search will prompt you to place a Click and Collect request and you will receive an e-mail when your book is ready to be collected at the library of your choosing. Undergraduates may not remove these books from the Library.

Your Subject Librarian

Subject Librarians have individual websites packed full of quality online resources to use in your assignment, essay or other research. E-mail your Subject Librarian about your training needs: classes and one-to-one consultations can be provided on a range of information skills, including using the Library catalogue, how to cite references and avoid plagiarism, database searching, evaluating information, and EndNote. 

List of Subject Librarians

Library HITS Classes

Join us for Library HITS (Helpful Information for Trinity Staff/Students), a series of taster sessions delivered online by the Library, and Student Learning & Development (SLD). Most classes last 50 minutes.

HITS timetable

Printing

The printing, scanning and photocopying facilities in the Libraries are managed by IT Services and the Library, and provided by Datapac. There are multi-function devices (MFDs) in the Libraries. In order to use this service you must first credit your print account.

More details on printing, scanning and photocopying

Wi-Fi

Most of Trinity, including all the libraries, has Wi-Fi that can be used with laptops, phones and tablets, but it needs to be set up for each device.

More details on connecting your device