Welcome to the Library
Plan Your Visit
To ensure the safety of all staff and readers, face coverings are recommended in all Library spaces.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
Access and Opening Hours
You need your student card (TCard) or Trinity Live App to enter the libraries and to borrow. To access Kinsella Hall or, for postgraduates, the 1937 Reading Room, you will need your student card, not just the app.
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
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.
If you're a Masters or doctoral student, you can borrow up to a total of 50 items.
Overview of borrowing entitlements and loan periods
Accessing E-Books and Articles
The Library subscribes to BrowZine, which works by organising journal articles and arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is a comfortable and easy way to browse, read and monitor academic journals in your subject.E-Journals by subject: BrowZine
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.
Library HITS Classes
Join us for Library HITS (Helpful Information for Trinity Staff/Students), a series of taster sessions delivered by the Library and Student Learning Development (SLD). Most classes last 50 minutes. The Library will post all details (subject, times and dates) for forthcoming HITS in the next semester and will promote them widely across the Library social media channels well in advance.
HITS timetable & details of classes
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
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