Welcome to the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s Alerts Page


This blog and RSS feed is used to send out alerts to members of Trinity College Dublin and those wishing to visit the Library.

Details on admission requirements, opening hours, borrowing rights, and access to the Library’s catalogues and databases can be found at the Library website.

Visitors wishing to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room may visit the Book of Kells website.

The Library has launched Self-service Laptop Lending in the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher complex!

We are delighted to announce that from today (Monday 15th January 2018) you can now borrow laptops for use in the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher complex from a self-service unit located in the basement of the Berkeley Library (just outside the training rooms).

The laptop cabinet holds 24 devices which can be borrowed using your TCD ID card for up to 3 hours at a time.

A webpage has been created to explain the service in more detail.

Christmas Borrowing Arrangements

The Library would like to advise that all new weekly loans (i.e., with LEN, S-LEN, SJ & MUS-LEN prefixes) borrowed between Thursday 14th December and Thursday 21st December 2017 will fall due for return on or after Tuesday 16th January 2018.

The Librarian presents: Dr. Paul Ayris speaking on Open Science (14th December, 14:00)

 The Librarian and College Archivist of Trinity College Dublin, Helen Shenton, invites you to a presentation delivered by Dr. Paul Ayris (Pro-Vice-Provost, UCL Library Services) on the impact of Open Science on research and libraries. The presentation will cover areas including, Open Access Publishing, Research Data Management, European Open Science Cloud and Citizen Science and will take place on Thursday, 14th December 2017 at 14:00 in the North Training Room, Berkeley Library.

Paul Ayris was appointed Director of UCL Library Services in 1997 and is now Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14; he is now Advisor to the LIBER Board. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Community of Chief Information Officers. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also the Chair of the JISC Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL. He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.

Recording of presentation

“The Librarian presents” is an occasional series of talks by thought-provoking speakers curated by the Librarian and College Archivist of Trinity College Dublin, Helen Shenton.

Open Day Library Tours Saturday 9th December 2017

As part of Trinity Open Day the Library would be delighted if you could join us for a short tour of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries. Students and their families are all very welcome – teachers too!

Please meet us in the foyer of the Berkeley Library. If you can see this…

Pomodoro Sphere

…then you are at the right place.

Tours will run every 15 minutes from 10:15 to 13:00 and will last about 10 minutes.  They will be led by Trinity students so it’s a chance to talk to them about life at Trinity and they might even show you their favourite spot to study in the Library!

We apologise to current users of the Library for any disruption.

BrowZine – our app to browse for new articles

Trying to stay on top of the mass of journal articles published in your area can be a pain. Hence the Library of Trinity College Dublin has purchased access to BrowZine, a new app to make it easier to browse our academic journals online and view the full text straightaway, no matter where you are. Currently, it offers access to around 14,500 of our academic journal subscriptions.

We think this will especially help our researchers and academic staff, but it’s available to all students and staff at the university.

Why not give it a try? Search your app store for BrowZine – it’s available for Android, iOS and Kindle Fire – or use it online at browzine.com on your computer.

Friends of the Library Lecture: Lafcadio Hearn

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is free. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Lafcadio Hearn: From Ireland to Japan, the Making of a Writer

Paul Murray, writer and biographer

19:30, Thursday 23 November 2017

Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building Concourse, Trinity College Dublin

Paul Murray is the author of acclaimed biographies A Fantastic Journey: The Life and Literature of Lafcadio Hearn (1993), and Bram Stoker: From the Shadow of Dracula: A Life of Bram Stoker (2004). A retired diplomat, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 1999-2004, and the first Irish Ambassador to DPRK (North Korea) in 2004.

Overnight closure of the Hamilton Library due to planned power outage

To facilitate a power outage as part of the Medium Voltage Infrastructure Upgrade, the following buildings (including the Hamilton Library) will close at 21:00 on Thursday 9th November and reopen at 07:00 on Friday 10th November:

  • Hamilton Building (including the Hamilton Library)
  • Westland Row
  • O’Reilly Institute

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact Peter Dudley (Sub-Librarian, Reading Rooms Services & Space) if you have any questions or concerns: peter.dudley@tcd.ie.

International Digital Preservation Day – 30 November #idpd17

‘Save the Date’: On the 30th of November 2017, to mark International Digital Preservation Day, the Library invites Trinity students, researchers and interested members of the public to explore the challenges of preserving digital cultural heritage.

A pop-up Museum of Technology in the Berkeley Library will showcase obsolete computer hardware and software, which will be extended into an online exhibition. The exhibit includes computers and storage media from the 1980s right up to the present day. The display is intended to prompt the audience to think about the importance of digital preservation as an active rather than a passive activity, by demonstrating the rapid evolution of hardware and software, the transience of formats, and the dangers of obsolescence.
Some of items on display are from the Library’s own collection; others form part of the John Gabriel Byrne Computer Science Collection, and have been generously loaned by the School of Computer Science for the duration of the exhibit.

In collaboration with the Digital Repository of Ireland, the Library will host a ‘Wikithon’ Workshop (facilitated by Rebecca O’Neill, Project Coordinator of Wikimedia Community Ireland) with representatives from several cultural institutions will collate little-known information about current digital preservation activities.

Register for Wikithon Workshop

The day will culminate in an evening public lecture with a panel of scholars and publishers of digital content, investigating the limits of digital preservation, from the content itself to the experience of using it.

Register for Digital Cultural Heritage and the Limits of Preservation lecture


Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson, who run Visual Editions, a London-based “creative studio and reading lab”

Dr Amber Cushing, assistant professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin


6:15 p.m. – Welcome

6:30 p.m. – Keynote Speeches

7:30 p.m. – Questions from the Audience

8:00 p.m. – Closing Words

Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin main campus

Image credit: Afrank99 – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3723573

Overnight Library closures due to planned power outage

To facilitate a power outage as part of the Medium Voltage Infrastructure Upgrade, the following buildings will close tonight (Tuesday 24th October) at 21:00 and reopen at 08:00 tomorrow morning (Wednesday 25th October):

  • The Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher Libraries, including Kinsella Hall. (The Hamilton and the John Stearne Medical Library are not affected)
  • The 1937 Reading Room

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact Peter Dudley (Sub-Librarian, Reading Rooms Services & Space) if you have any questions or concerns: peter.dudley@tcd.ie.