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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.

Friends of the Library Lecture: The Berkeley @ 50

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. As well as being a Friends of the Library event, it also features in the wider Berkeley50 year of celebrations, and admission is free to mark this. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Not just a building – not just a library: The Berkeley @ 50

Trevor Peare

19:30, Thursday 6 April 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Trevor Peare, a Trinity graduate (Natural Science 1972), retired as Keeper (Readers’ Services) in 2015 having been on the Library staff for 43 years. Known for his affection of the Berkeley Library, he has given countless tours of the building to Trinity’s students, to architects and to the just curious over the years. As Keeper (Systems) in the 1990s, he oversaw the introduction of mainstream automation in the Library in parallel with the development of the Internet, the World Wide Web and into buildings designed before any of that was anticipated. Trevor is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and of the Library Association of Ireland.

“Authorization failure” using Stella in Chrome

We’ve been seeing the above error when trying to access Stella Search using the latest version of Chrome. This was also briefly an issue in other browsers, but providers seem to have fixed the problem now if you update to the latest versions..

Thankfully, the error is straightforward to sort out – download the latest version of Java and install it. This should get Stella (and indeed, lots of other sites that require Java) back up and running.


“If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It – Open Access and Your Research” Evening & Reception

Paccar Theatre
Science Gallery Dublin
Pearse Street
Wednesday 22 March 2017
17:30 – 19:00
Register here

The Library of Trinity College Dublin together with the Graduate Students’ Union and Science Gallery Dublin are delighted to present an evening celebrating Trinity research during Postgrad Week 2017.

The evening will begin with the Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton, launching a new online resource. During 2016 the Library has digitised over 2,000 Ph.D. theses and has been making them available to the world on an open access basis via TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive), unlocking a wealth of research.

A panel of experts will then discuss the different aspects of Open Access: the implications of OA publishing for privacy, data protection and intellectual property; the new EU mandate regarding research data; the benefits and dilemmas for early-career researchers; the Library’s role in supporting authors; institutional repositories and data storage.

Not to be missed if you have intentions of being published any time soon or unsure what Open Access means for you.


Draft Programme:

Venue: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

17:30 Launch: Digitised Theses in Trinity’s institutional repository, TARA

18:00 Panel Discussion: “Challenges and Opportunities of Open Access Publishing”

19:15: Wine Reception

Speaker Bios:

Introduction: Helen Shenton – In June 2014 Helen Shenton became the newly appointed Trinity College Dublin Librarian and College Archivist. Helen joined Trinity from Harvard where she oversaw the bringing together of the services of 73 separate libraries. Prior to Harvard, Helen worked at the British Library where she led the care of the UK’s national documentary heritage collection and the national printed archive. That position followed the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she had responsibility for the conservation and care of the world’s finest decorative arts collections and was deeply involved with major exhibitions at home and abroad.

Chair: Professor Neville Cox – Neville Cox is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Law School. He is the author of Blasphemy and the Law (1999); Sport and the Law (2004), Defamation Law in Ireland (2007), Employment Law (2009) and Defamation Law and Practice (2014). His current area of research focuses on the interplay between Islamic (Shari’a) law and Human Rights.

Panellist: Professor Eoin O’Dell – Dr Eoin O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Law and Chair of the Fellows in Trinity College Dublin. He researches and publishes primarily in the fields of freedom of expression, and private and commercial law (including IP, IT and cyberlaw). He has been President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a Member of the Council and Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland, and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. Professor O’Dell will speak about data protection & copyright within open access.

Panellist: Dr Geoffrey Bradley – Former Vice President of the GSU, Dr. Bradley is now Head of IT Operations and Academic Services in TCD. Geoff is responsible for orchestrating and overseeing the planning, implementation, delivery, improvement and disaster recovery of all central IT infrastructure services in Trinity College Dublin. He will focus on open research data management and handling.

Panellist: Ms Niamh Brennan – Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager for Research Informatics in TCD where she works on the development of Trinity’s Research Support System and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include Ireland’s National Steering Group on Open Access Policy, DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), and is Principle Investigator for OpenAIRE2020 (The European Commission’s Open Access Infrastructure for Europe). Niamh will speak about the open access policies from funders and institutions, and how to easily comply with them while maximising your research impact.





Friends of the Library Lecture: Lost Landscapes – Reviving Historic Irish Gardens & Demesnes

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

Lost Landscapes: Reviving Historic Irish Gardens & Demesnes

Finola Reid

19:30, Thursday 9 March 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Finola Reid is a gardens consultant specialising in conservation and restoration projects in historic gardens, walled garden complexes and demesne landscapes throughout Ireland.  She trained in horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, and worked on the garden staff there for many years before going into private consultancy. Her extensive knowledge and experience of plants, gardens and demesnes throughout Ireland stretches over more than four decades. She worked as programme manager of the ERDF funded ‘Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme’ from 1994 to 2002, resulting in many gardens and demesnes being conserved and/or restored and opened to visitors, some for the very first time. Finola has served on the Heritage Council, the Irish Architectural Archive, and the Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Committee. She has advised on and designed planting scheme for many gardens and demesnes including Emo Court, Annes Grove, Castletown House, and Dowth Hall.

Friends of the Library Lecture: A Discovery from the Fagel Library – The St Petersburg Drawings

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or LibraryFriends@tcd.ie.

A Discovery from the Fagel Library: The St Petersburg Drawings

Dr Eddie McParland

19:30, Thursday 16 February 2017
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Dr McParland joined the TCD Department of the History of Art in 1973 and was elected a Fellow in 1984. His research has been mainly in the history of Irish architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. His many publications include a biography of James Gandon in 1985 and a history of public architecture in Ireland between 1680 and 1760 (Yale 2001). A founder of the Irish Architectural Archive in 1976 and the Irish Landmark Trust, Dr McParland was elected Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2013.


Berkeley50 – A Year of Celebrations

Our iconic Berkeley Library is 50 years old this year – and we need your help to celebrate!

Every week, we will release a new post on the Berkeley50 website – check out the first ones there already. We need your photos and stories to make this work. Can you help?

Some of the stories will be about the time before the opening, when Trinity was pulling together the funds and deciding on the design. This is a snippet from the film that was released in 1958 to help fundraise:

We will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the anniversary. Follow the events and stories on Twitter using #berkeley50.


28th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 28th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 21 February in the Exam Hall (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm. The auction catalogue is online.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’ 22 February, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 23 February 10.00am-2.00pm.

Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday when everything must go. Inquiries to booksale@tcd.ie or to 896-2276. From after the sale, books are collected year-round at the Booksale Office, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse Street.

New Book – Early Irish Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Hot off the printing press and just in time for Christmas is a beautifully little book that provides an overview of the Library’s early Irish gospel books.

The Library of Trinity College Dublin possesses seven early Irish gospel books, dating from the 7th – 9th centuries and possibly earlier, of which the Book of Kells is the most famous. This book outlines what is known about how these manuscripts were made, including recent scientific research on the pigments used by their makers. It explores who might have been responsible for their creation, and the type of environment in which they worked. The different formats of the books, and the nature of their ornament yield some clues as to how they were originally intended to be used, while various interventions – from added lines of text, to forged signatures, to particular patterns of damage – provide glimpses into the stories of their survival. The book is lavishly illustrated with many photographs published here for the first time.

The book is available in the Library shop (with the usual staff discount), and via email from nphelan@tcd.ie.

Susan Bioletti and Rachel Moss, Early Irish Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, (Trinity College Dublin, 2016), pp 97; ills 71. ISBN 978-1-911566-00-7. €10

The Book of Kells from the RTÉ Archives, 1989

The Book of Kells is obviously one of the best-known treasures of the Library, so it’s always nice to see it mentioned by the media.

This gem from 1989 is from the “teenage entertainment show” Jo-Maxi, and discusses how the Book of Kells was reproduced for printed facsimile copies – the images taken then are what formed the basis of the later DVD, app and online versions.

The Librarian of the time being interviewed, Peter Fox, is the author of Trinity College Library Dublin: A History.