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.

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.


Rachel Moss – 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 Rachel Moss

Buildings and books in monastic Ireland

19:30, Thursday 22 November 2018

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

Dr Rachel Moss is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity. The principal focus of her research is medieval Ireland. She was Principal Investigator of the IRC-funded ‘Monastic Ireland’ project and recent publications include Art and Architecture of Ireland. Volume 1. Medieval c.400-1600AD (Yale University Press, 2014) and The Book of Durrow (Thames and Hudson, 2018).

Student Secondhand Booksale 2018

It’s almost time for the Student Secondhand Booksale! A wide selection and great value in books on History, Law, Business, Science, English Literature & Drama, Social Science, etc., & incredible bargains in secondhand textbooks. For one day only on Wednesday 17 October, from 10-3 in Goldsmith Hall. Students can’t afford to miss it!

eResources Trial to Dialnet Plus

The Library has currently has a trial (until 31/12/2018) to Dialnet Plus.

This is a Spanish database that indexes scholarly journal articles, book chapters, theses and monographs published in Spain. Subject coverage is diverse – from science, technology, law and business to art, history, language and literature.

To search for individual journal articles, search using the ‘Buscar documentos’ box on the home page.

Access to the content differs on a case by case basis. Many of the journals and documents can be accessed directly from Dialnet, whilst other items have links to external websites where the full text is held. There are also some instances where Dialnet only contains the bibliographic record (e.g. title, page numbers, ISBN) and doesn’t have the full text available.

During this trial period, any feedback can be sent to Lorraine Curran, curranlo@tcd.ie


The Librarian Presents: Stimulating Educational Innovation (9 October, 15:00)

What approach fits best when implementing change in university teaching?
How do we know if we improve the quality of our education by using technology?

Tue 9 October 2018
15:00 – 16:30
North Training Room, Berkeley Library Basement
Trinity College Dublin
Register for talk

The Librarian and College Archivist of Trinity College Dublin, Helen Shenton, invites you to a presentation delivered by Jan Haarhuis, University of Utrecht (UU), who will discuss UU’s strategy for education innovation and how they have implemented the Educate-it programme.

The UU educational model is one of engaged learning which aims to stimulate students to be responsible for their own personal development and academic progress.

In order to create their vision for education and IT, the university needed to determine awareness and acknowledgement of cultural change with specific emphasis on quality and research. To find out which implementation strategy was best and in order to measure the effects of innovations with blended learning, the Educate-it programme team collaborated with colleagues in the university’s School of Governance, School of Education and School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

What to expect from this talk

  • Explanation of the ‘why, what and how’ of the Educate-it programme
  • Results of the implementation of educational innovation so far and how this is being scaled up
  • Best practice and collaboration in longitudinal research of educational innovation programmes

Audience Participation

If you have a question you would like Jan to address as part of his talk, please email: library@tcd.ie with the subject heading ‘The Librarian Presents’.

Speaker Biography

Jan Haarhuis is an educationalist and since 2014, the programme manager of Educate-it at the University of Utrecht. In 2005 he became Head of the Department of Education and Student Affairs. From 2009 until 2013 he was responsible for the implementation of a new three year Masters programme in Veterinary Medicine, part of which included the implementation of programmatic/longitudinal assessment.

In 2016, Jan received the ‘change maker’ award in the ICT and Education Professionals category in the Netherlands’ SURF education awards.

Jan is the Chair of the Digital Education Group of the League of European Research Intensive Universities (LERU), which brings together experts from across the LERU network to focus on e assessment, academic development, e certificate open source programmes and collaborative research. The group is organising a blended ‘Digital Higher Education Summit’ in November 2018.

‘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.

Jimmy O’Dea – 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.

Conor Doyle

Theatre Historian

Jimmy O’Dea: Life & Times of the Dublin Actor and Comedian

19:30, Thursday 20 September 2018

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

Jimmy O’Dea (d. 1965) was a much-loved Dublin actor and comedian. Long associated with the Gaiety Theatre, he regularly performed with his apprentice Maureen Potter. His character Biddy Mulligan – a Dublin street vendor – is still remembered in the song ‘Biddy Mulligan the pride of the Coombe’. He appeared in many films and on the fledgling RTE, notably in ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’ (1959). Conor Doyle is a god-son of Jimmy O’Dea.

Postgraduate Tours 2018

The Berkeley LibraryWelcome all incoming postgraduate students! Library staff will be providing 20-minute tours during Postgraduate Orientation Week 2018.

Library Tours for Postgraduate Students from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Meeting Point: Foyer, Berkeley Library

Monday 27 August 2018: 12pm – 1pm (BUSINESS)
Tuesday 28 August 2018: 4pm – 5pm (EDUCATION, PSYCHOLOGY)
Wednesday 29 August 2018: 4pm – 5pm (HISTORY, LAW, CLASSICS)
Thursday 30 August 2018: 12pm – 1pm (ENGLISH, DRAMA, MUSIC)
Thursday 30 August 2018: 4pm – 5pm (ONLINE, PART-TIME STUDENTS)

Library Tours for Postgraduate Students from the Faculties of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Health Sciences

Meeting Point: Entrance to the Hamilton Library, 2nd Floor, Hamilton Building

Monday 27 August 2018: 11am – 12pm (ENGINEERING)
Tuesday 28 August 2018: 11am – 12pm (COMPUTER SCIENCE)
Wednesday 29 August 2018: 11am – 12pm (SCIENCE)
Thursday 30 August 2018: 11am – 12pm (MEDICINE, DENTISTRY, PHARMACY)

“Keeping the Books” – Daily Talks in the Long Room

A Preservation Assistant at work

A Preservation Assistant at work

What challenges and risks do the books in the Old Library face every day and how do we ‘keep’ the books? What is red rot and what does foxing and acid books mean?

What measures do we take so that library visitors can continue to enjoy and use special collections in the future? Why do we clean books, and what is the dirt? What are Smoke Sponges, Backuums and unbleached cotton tape?

How has the Old Library building changed over the years since 1712? What type of books do we have in the Long Room and when were they made? How many books are there and how have the collections grown over the years?

To learn the answers to all of these questions and more, come to the Long Room in the Old Library to hear about keeping the collection of early printed books. The Preservation Assistants are part of an ongoing project, started in 2004, to systematically clean the 220,000+ books of the Old Library. The Preservation Assistants will explain the challenges of preserving an historic collection in a historic setting and explain how the books are cleaned and preserved for the future. Examples of books from the collection, dating from the 15th century to the 19th century will be shown.

Occasionally, other staff from the Preservation & Conservation Department may speak about preservation activities in the Old Library.

Talks run Monday to Friday at 3pm until 30 April 2019 and last 15-20 minutes.

Want to know more? Sarah Timmins, one of our former Preservation Assistants, has written a great piece on how our precious books in the Long Room are repaired.

Alumni and current students can see the Book of Kells, access the Long Room, and attend these talks for free, with up to three guests.

Other visitors who have paid for entry to the Old Library are welcome to attend the Keeping the Books talks for no additional charge.