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Introducing the Ecological Emergency Book Club

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Are you a member of staff who would like to know more about the climate emergency but don’t know where to start?

We’ve teamed up with Dr. Clare Kelly in The School of Psychology to bring you a monthly book club to showcase some of the best readings on the climate and biodiversity crisis.

The Book Club is open to all staff (professional, research, academic) and takes place in the North Training Room in The Library (former Berkeley Library), the second Friday of every month (12:00-14:00).

These are moderated events, where Trinity staff can ask questions and engage in discussions about the book with the Trinity staff community. There is no need to register and all staff are welcome.

October’s Book Club

Our first book club takes place on Friday, 13th October in the North training room in the Library (former Berkeley Library).

This month’s pick is:
Generation Dread : Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis by Britt Wray.

Check the availability of Generation Dread in The Library

Feel free to join the conversation over on Yammer

We need to talk about ebooks

The Irish Library community has recently called on the Government, publishers and other stakeholders to recognise, and take action against, the electronic content crisis which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the primary challenges include:

  • Titles that are not available in ebook format
  • Titles that are available as ebooks but are not available via an institutional licence
  • Titles that are available via an institutional licence but are excessive in price

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to close the Library doors, we moved quickly to ensure we could supply access to the ebooks required. On March 12th, we issued a call to undergraduate and postgraduate Directors of Teaching and Learning and a second call on April 28th, to Directors of Research to submit requests for ebooks required to support learning and research. As a result of these calls, during the first six months of the pandemic, we delivered access to 1,500 titles. Costs ranged from an average of €130 to €1,500 per title [1].

Continue reading “We need to talk about ebooks”

A Warm Welcome to All New Students

Ussher Library

A very warm ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ (welcome!) to all our new undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Library is looking forward to welcoming you to Trinity, not just in the coming weeks but over the course of your programme. In this COVID-19 “online” world, we will transport you from your kitchen tables and bedrooms across the threshold of the Library.

We appreciate it takes time to get your bearings and we are available to help with any questions you have about the Library service, whenever you are ready to begin.

To help get you started, we have worked alongside our academic and support colleagues to develop a university orientation programme that should ease you in gently. The first time you will see us is at the main university orientation online session where our team of Teaching & Research Support Librarians will give you a brief introduction to Library services and supports.

Over the coming weeks, you will meet your Subject Librarian at the library classes your lecturers will organise for you. In these sessions we will show you how to begin finding information for your assignments and projects.

Watch out also for our Library HITS classes – these interdisciplinary taster sessions which we co deliver with Student Learning & Development, cover everything from getting started with the Library, academic integrity and critical thinking. No need to book, these classes are open to everyone in the university.

Our Library buildings are open for you to study and borrow books. To reserve your study space, plan your visit and find out how we have made our libraries safe for all, please consult our main website.

For now, everything you need to get you started is available in our New Student page. We look forward to helping you achieve and succeed and wish you all the very best during your time at Trinity.

Your Library, Your Views

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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

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