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Welcome to the Library


Welcome to the Library of Trinity College Dublin - 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.

What is in the Library?

The Library is legally entitled to receive a copy of every book and journal title published in Ireland and the UK. As of 2018, the collection includes 6.5 million printed items, 650,000 e-books and 125,000 e-journals (academic magazines).

Orientation Tours

S2S Tour of the BLU Libraries Complex

If you are a new undergraduate student, this video is for you. Join Nicole Bennett, S2S Mentor and a Social Policy undergrad, as she brings you on a tour of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries explaining the services and facilities available to you. We offer 15-minute scheduled Library tours at the start of your first semester. Taking a tour will help you find your way around the libraries and give you an introduction to the services available.

Video guide for students with Intellectual Disabilities

The Library and students on the Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice certificate programme (Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities) have produced a short video on how to use the Library. Contact Geraldine Fitzgerald for details and support (

Find Your Library

The Library of Trinity College Dublin is made up of three main locations:

  • The Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher Library Complex (or BLU as it is known) is located on campus. The collections located there are focused on the Arts and Social Sciences. The Nursing & Midwifery collection is also hosted there.
  • The Hamilton Library is located at the East End of campus near Pearse Street. It is located on the second floor of the Hamilton Building. The collection is focused on Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics and Mathematics.
  • The John Stearne Medical Library is located at the Trinity Education Centre at St James's Hospital.

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

3D Library Maps

Locating Material

How to Locate Books in Trinity College Library Dublin

Search for material to support your essay or research by using our online catalogue called Stella Search.

Finding Books in the Library webpage


Have a question about your account or you're not sure where to locate your collection? Staff at any of our counters are happy to help.

Borrowing using the Self-Service System

Check out, renew and return books at any of our self-service terminals located throughout the Library.

If you're an undergraduate student you can borrow up to ten books at a time with the prefix LEN, S-LEN, or SJ, PLUS up to ten Short Loan books. Short Loans are Library use only, for five hours at a time

If you're a Masters or doctoral student, you can borrow may 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
  • up to 50 Short Loan books. These are Library use only, for five hours at a time

Overview of new borrowing entitlements and loan periods

My Library Account tutorial

Get to Know Your Library: Library HITS Training Sessions

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 and will take place in the training rooms in the Berkeley Library Basement. There's no need to book but you are advised to come early.

HITS timetable

HITS descriptions

Get to Know Your Subject Librarian

Each subject has a dedicated librarian who can help you find, evaluate and cite information for your assignments or research. Make sure you attend the library workshops organised by your lecturer. You can make an appointment to meet with your librarian for any follow-on queries you might have.

List of Subject Librarians


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

Opening Hours

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.

Kinsella Hall in the Ussher Library is open to all students to study 24/7. Masters and doctoral students can use the 1937 Reading Room as well. Both these spaces are open all year, except for the Christmas holidays.

All opening hours by library building