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.

New online Resource – TAIR


The Library has recently acquired a subscription to TAIR, which can be accessed
via the A-Z Listing on LibGuides.

The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions.

TAIR also provides extensive linkouts from our data pages to other Arabidopsis resources.


30th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 30th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 19th February in the Exam Hall, Trinity College Dublin (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm (draft catalogue available). The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 10.00am-2.00pm. Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday 21st when everything must go.

This year’s sale is very strong on books on Ireland, Irish literature and criticism, as well as art, biography, history, sociology, education, fiction, etc. The Sale will feature many books from the library of the late Nobel Laureate Seán MacBride (1904-1988). Proceeds go to support the purchase of research materials in the College Libraries. All welcome.

Unboxing Open Scholarship

Defining Open Scholarship

Open Scholarship is the practice of research, education and knowledge exchange in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research publications, data, lab notes and other scholarly processes and works are properly and ethically managed and evaluated and, unless restricted for justifiable reasons, are freely available to all levels of society under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the work and its underlying data and methods.
Open Scholarship may also be referred to as Open Science or Open Research.

(Adapted from Foster’s Open Science definition)

Trinity Task Force on Open Scholarship

The Trinity Task Force on Open Scholarship was created by the Librarian & College Archivist and the Dean of Research with colleagues across the University. One of the first tasks is to define what is meant by Open Scholarship – is it Open Science, (in the broadest sense, incorporating all disciplines), Open Access or Citizen Science? – and work through where Trinity wants to be in this landscape, what is or will be mandatory, where to lead, where to actively follow, how best to support and help researchers etc.

There is much activity in this area. Internationally, Plan S is aimed at ‘accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access of Scientific Publications’. Nationally, NORF (National Open Research Forum) led by the Higher Education Authority and the Health Research Board is working towards a ‘National Statement on the Transition to an Open Research Environment’. From a European perspective, LERU (League of European Research Universities) is creating a pragmatic ‘Roadmap to Open Science’.

As part of collectively figuring this out, a series of events under the theme of ‘Unboxing Open Scholarship’ will take place over the coming months. The first will be an interactive event open to all members of the Trinity community and will take place at 12 noon, 8 February in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Please contact us at openscholarship@tcd.ie with your views and suggestions for future events.

Alternative routes to scholarly articles and research outputs

Many scholarly and peer-reviewed articles can be read for free on the Web. A number of tools exist to help discover research output more easily: through installing a browser extension or plug-in; by using academic search engines and archives; or, by contacting the author directly.

Some articles will however remain elusive – but the Library can help. The Library offers an Inter-Library Loan service which provides access to scholarly articles which are not available via the Library’s print or online collections, are not open access and cannot be found via plug-ins, search services or repositories.

Find articles using plug-ins

There are a number of browser extensions or plug-ins for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari which can be installed to facilitate finding articles which are open access. Some examples:

Unpaywall makes finding OA-articles easy for the individual user by installing a plug-in on Chrome or Firefox.


You can search Open Access Button directly on their website or download an extension for Chrome which makes finding open access articles easy. When OA Button hits a paywall, the service also sends off requests to authors asking them to deposit their articles in a subject or institutional repository in order to make their research open. Open Access Button is a non-profit organisation.

Google Scholar Button is a browser extension available for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. The extension makes finding full-text open access articles in Google Scholar easier.

Kopernio offers a browser plug-in that makes it easier to find both open access versions of articles and articles which users have access to via institutional subscription. The service is free but belongs to Clarivate Analytics and you need to register in order to use the extension.

Find research articles using search engines, academic repositories or archives 

Some examples:

  • arXiv is a preprint archive mainly for physics, mathematics, computer sciences and related sciences. Run by Cornell University.
  • bioRxiv is an archive for open access preprints in the life sciences operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
  • DOAJ is a list of open access journals and a search service finding peer-reviewed and scholarly journals and articles.
  • The Humanities Commons CORE repository is intended for open access articles, monographs and other publications and resources in the humanities. Humanities Commons is a nonprofit operation run by the MLA.
  • OpenDOAR is a searchable global directory of open access repositories and their policies.
  • OSF Preprints is a platform with openly accessible preprints, or submitted manuscripts which are publically distributed before acceptance and peer-review in a traditional scientific journal. OSF Preprints is developed by Centre for Open Science (COS), a non-profit organisation with the goal of greater openness and reproducible research.
  • SocArXiv is an open archive of the social sciences for preprints, working papers and other outputs. It is operated by the University of Maryland and developed by the Center of Open Science (COS).

Contact the author

Researchers may share articles between themselves if this is permitted by agreements with their publishers, so-called ‘scholarly sharing.’ Please refer to Sherpa/Romeo to check current terms for the journal in question. When using the plug-in Open Access Button and hitting paywalled articles, requests to authors are sent asking them to deposit their articles in an open institutional or subject repository. There are also a number of social platforms for researchers, e.g. ResearchGate and  Academia.edu.

(Adapted with thanks from: https://openaccess.blogg.kb.se/2018/07/01/alternative-routes-to-scholarly-articles-and-research-outputs/)

The History of the South Dublin Union – Friends of the Library Lecture

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.

Dr Davis Coakley

The History of the South Dublin Union

19:30, Thursday 14 February 2019

Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building Concourse, Trinity College Dublin

Davis Coakley is a doctor and writer who graduated from University College Cork in 1971. He served as a consultant physician at St James’s Hospital, Dublin (1979-2011) and was professor of medical gerontology in Trinity College Dublin (1996-2011). He was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1993 to 1999. He was co-chairman of the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), a body which promoted research on ageing across the island of Ireland. He is a Trustee of the Edward Worth Library and has served as its chairman. He has also served as Dun’s Librarian in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is chairman of the steering group of the Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing (MIRA). He is cofounder of The Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing at St James’s Hospital, a state of the art facility embracing health care, education and research. He has published over 150 scientific papers in relation to ageing in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of books on medicine, medical history and Irish literature. His most recent books include Medicine in Trinity College Dublin: An illustrated History and The History and Heritage of St James’s Hospital Dublin which he co-authored with his wife Mary. He is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a fellow of the Irish, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Colleges of Physicians.

What does the mobile, academic eBook of the future look like? Call for Participants for User Experience Testing

We are running user testing sessions, to help us understand how you might want to use new types of digital publications in our collections. We are interested in understanding what your needs are for books published as apps or written specifically for use on mobile devices. If you use such publications in your studies, research or in reading for pleasure, we’d really like to hear from you.

  • The testing will take place on the 7th and 8th of February
  • The one hour session will comprise an interview and interaction with devices pre-loaded with content
  • In return you will receive €50 in cash

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eResources Trial : The Churchill Archive

The library is currently hosting a trial of the online resource: the Churchill Archive until 31st January 2019.

Published in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history.

It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders.

You can find this resource on the the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website.

Feedback during this trial would be very welcome, and can be sent to Lorraine Curran: curranlo@tcd.ie.

Irish Times Access

The Library subscribes to the Irish Times on behalf of the University via a newspaper platform, ProQuest. The subscription provides access to all staff and students to current and archival content and is available both on and off campus (off campus access is available using your College username and network login password) using the Library Catalogue and via the list of databases.

While the Irish Times offers free access for students (https://www.irishtimes.com/subscribe/student/) via the Edugate service, this is not currently supported by Trinity and hence we recommend using the ProQuest route to access content.

If you have any queries or feedback please contact us at library@tcd.ie.

Your Library, Your Views

Library Pop Art

We’re running a short survey to help us understand your experiences of the Library. As a thank you, we will enter you into a draw to win prizes including Trinity Ball tickets, TCard credit and more.

Your views will help us to better appreciate all of our users’ needs and provide valuable insights to enable us to develop responsive services for the future. The survey will take about fifteen minutes to complete. The closing date is 14 December.

Get started here!

The Library Life Pulse survey is being administered by an independent research agency called Alterline, you can view their GDPR policy online.

If you have any queries about this survey, please contact us at library@tcd.ie.

All personal data collected by the University will be processed according to the College Privacy Notice.