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.

Estella Solomons Print Collection – 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.

Making her mark: the Estella Solomons print collection in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Dr Angela Griffith

19:30, Thursday 19 September 2019

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

Angela Griffith is Assistant Professor in History of Art (TCD) and is joint principal investigator for the Drawn to the page: Irish artists and illustration collection, a Digital Humanities Forum (TCD) Innovative Digital Project. Her current research examines the artist and the printed image in 19th and 20th century in Britain and Ireland.

New Resource Trials: Papers of Sir Austen Chamberlain and Winston Churchill Archive

We announce trial access to two political archives.  View the papers of Sir Winston Churchill held at Cambridge University, and of Sir Austen Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the House, held at Birmingham University. The Chamberlain archive provides access to documents covering domestic policies and the development of foreign affairs during the World Wars. With personal correspondence and Chamberlain family history in Wiltshire and London in 18th and 19th C. Correspondence of his siblings, his wife and with Mary Endicott Chamberlain Carnegie, 1864-1957.

The Churchill Archive can be explored by topic, place, people and period. View Churchill’s personal correspondence and official exchanges. See his first childhood letters, wartime speeches, historical writings. Themed document portfolios offer insight into the workings of the British Empire between, 1874 and 1965. Both archives are in the New/Trials panel on our A-Z database page. Login with your Trinity College credentials.

London, 1929 Austen Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill

New Resource Trial: LGBT Magazine Archive

Six decades of the history and culture of the LGBT community now accessible on our A-Z database page. The history and activism of the LGBTQ+ community was most comprehensively covered in these publications, traditionally not collected by libraries.

Our trial of LGBT Magazine archive offers backfile access to 26 publications including, from the US, The Advocate, which predates the 1969 Stonewall riots, and Gay news and Gay Times from the UK.

This material also serves related disciplines such as sociology, political science, psychology, health, and the arts.  Send subject librarians your evaluation


Pratchett Project Events

Fan of Terry Pratchett? Love the Discworld? Looking for the L-Space?

This September, we might have just the things for you!

On Culture Night, Friday 20th September, celebrate Pratchett’s life, work, and his connections with Trinity in an interactive event at the Trinity Long Room Hub. Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including children’s literature, translation studies, computer science, and brain health, will illustrate how they are approaching Pratchett’s work and legacy afresh, and how he has influenced them. This is a drop-in event.

The following day, Saturday 21st September, members of the public are invited to a Hackathon with the aim of compiling the ultimate knowledgebase on the publication history of Pratchett’s works. This will be accompanied by interviews with Pratchett’s literary agent, Colin Smythe and with Pratchett’s personal assistant, Rob Wilkins. It will also take place at the Trinity Long Room Hub; registration is required.

Finally, Thursday 26th September is the European Day of Languages. In recognition of Pratchett’s global, multi-lingual success, four of Pratchett’s translators will explore the fun challenge of translating Pratchett’s idiosyncratic humour into other languages, and other cultures. Pratchett Translated is a free event in Trinity’s Exam Hall; prior registration is advised.

Who is behind these events?

In 2018, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in Trinity, in collaboration with the Library, called to life the Pratchett Project, which has gained significant traction during 2019. Pivoting on the Library’s comprehensive collection of works by British cult author and former Trinity Associate Professor of English, Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), this Project is building both innovative digital resources and an international network of researchers.



New Resource Trial: Early Modern Books

1648, coffee house reading, “Mistris Parliament her gossipping”..

Early modern books

We are delighted to have trial access to the database Early Modern books.  Material from over 225 source libraries worldwide.  Literature, history, religion, arts, music, physical science.  View early editions of Aphra Behn, Anne Killigrew and Margaret Cavendish as well as Newton, Boyle and Galileo  for the period 1450-1700. Content from Europe covers Early European Books Collections from 4 national libraries and London’s Wellcome Library.  Let our subject librarians know what you think !

Use your College login on the library database a-z page. See Trials.





New Resource: Routledge Performance Archive

Just in time for Dublin Theatre Festival 2019! we host a trial of

Routledge Performance Archive

Routledge say it provides “exclusive access to an unprecedented and continually expanding range of streamed video and audio footage”
  • interviews with key figures in performance history and contemporary practice;
  • masterclasses with specialist performance trainers from around the world;
  • footage direct from legendary practitioners;
  • excerpted and full-length contemporary productions and experiments;
  • documentaries previously unavailable to global audiences:

This trial runs until November 2019.

Please review and give your subject librarians some feedback!

You can find this resource on the Databases and Ebooks link on the Library home page.


Increase in 24-hour Library study spaces during Supplemental Exams

To facilitate students preparing for supplemental examinations, the Library will open all three floors of the 24-hour space in the Ussher Library (i.e., Kinsella Hall) from Monday 19th – Friday 30th August inclusive. This will increase the number of spaces available on a 24-hour basis by approximately 350.

Please see the Library’s opening hours page for details of the relevant changeover procedure.