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Undergraduate Student Research Matters: An Introduction to the ‘Beckett Beyond’ Zine Project

The university community is warmly invited to a new exhibition currently taking place in the Berkeley Library.

The ‘Beckett Beyond’ exhibition features thirteen research zines produced by third-year Drama students as part of the ‘Studies in Samuel Beckett: Beckett Beyond’ module.

The project highlights the significant contribution that undergraduate students make to academic research and is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Drama, Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies and the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

The zines will be catalogued and form part of the Library’s permanent collection. In addition, the digital copies will be hosted on TARA, Trinity’s institutional repository, which represents two new firsts for the university.

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Exploring The Library’s Databases – Research Treasure

Last term the Library was pleased to announce the purchase of 14 new electronic resources supporting multiple disciplines across the Arts and Humanities. We thought we would take a closer look at some of the collections, starting with the Gale Primary Sources, British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800–1900 and Part III: 1741–1950, which provides 23 publications (nearly 1.4 million pages) from across the United Kingdom and Ireland to reflect the social, political, and cultural events of the times. Link – A-Z Databases: british newspapers

How does this archive help researchers?

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The Fagel Collection Presented in The Hague

Ambassador Rogers, Trinity Library colleagues and KB National Library of the Netherlands counterparts meet in The Hague From left: Maarten Heerlien, Esther van Gelder, Laura Shanahan, Ann-Marie Hansen, Brendan Rogers, Lily Knibbeler, Geertrui Verbraak, and Lucinda Jones

At the invitation of Brendan Rogers, the Irish Ambassador to the Netherlands, colleagues from the Library of Trinity College Dublin were recently in The Hague to speak about an important ongoing collaboration with the KB National Library of the Netherlands.

Ambassador Rogers welcomes guests to the KB

The Unlocking the Fagel Collection project began in late 2020, to document and make more widely accessible this 18th-century Dutch collection which was acquired for Trinity College in 1802. With funding now secured to continue the work on the Fagel Collection until 2025, this was an occasion to meet confirmed partners and explore public interest for the possibilities of the next phase.

Laura Shanahan, Ann-Marie Hansen and Esther van Gelder in discussion with Garrelt Verhoeven.

The next major activity planned is an academic symposium on June 22-23, 2023. This will allow stock-taking of the current state of knowledge regarding the Fagel library, the collectors who contributed to it, and the wider context in which it was and is used. Proposals for papers are welcomed on a wide range of topics, and to harness the fresh enthusiasm resulting from the recent visit, the deadline for submissions has been extended to January 20, 2023.

To learn more about the Fagel Collection and project, see the Library’s videos on The Fagels and Unlocking the Fagel Collection.

Exam Strategies – Academic Year 2022/23

Yellow heart and fingers' crossed, wishing the students of academic year 2022/23 good luck.

Are you ready for your exams? If you’re feeling stressed or underprepared the Library is here to help, and we have dedicated a webpage with helpful links and tips.

Exam Strategies | Trinity College Dublin (

Check out recommended reading for study skills to get the most out of your revision time.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have links to free online resources that give advice on coping with exams. Eg, Coping with exam stress. And our Student Counselling Services have tips too.

Practice makes perfect with our collection of past papers, practice answering exam questions that have come up in previous years. To view online resources expand the record by clicking on the title, click where it says “AVAILABLE ONLINE” or “1 COPY AVAILABLE” in the case of a book for example.

Student Learning – Exam Papers – Student Learning Development – Trinity College Dublin (

We are always happy to take questions at the Library Counter or get in touch with your Subject Librarian.

Good luck from your Library!

Access Gate Success – All Areas Complete

The Berkeley, Lecky, Hamilton, and John Stearne Medical Library, (St. James’s) entrances have all been upgraded with new access control gates. We thank you for your patience and cooperation while the refurbishment works were being carried out, and for adjusting to the changes.

The aim of the project is to provide seamless access to Library spaces for staff and students, while also improving the security of Library collections and enhancing the look and feel of Library entrances.

Make sure you have your ID card on you at all times, or phone for those using that service. Entering and exiting will require identification.

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Access Gate Update – Berkeley Library Doors Re-opened

Berkeley Library gates have re-opened. Sign with access instructions in front of the barriers.

The Berkeley Library entrance has reopened today at 9am (Friday 28th October 2022).  The Berkeley foyer toilets have reopened and are operating as normal.

The Lecky Library entrance is now closed – please use the Berkeley entrance.

Make sure you have your ID card on you at all times, or phone for those using that service. Entering and exiting will require identification.

From 9am on Friday 28th October 2022, the access control gates can be opened by TCD staff and students.  You should simply hold your ID card to the card reader at the side of the pedestal for both entrance and exit.  The barcode reader (red light) at the top of the pedestal will not read the physical ID card.

Thank you for your patience while these important upgrade works are being carried out and apologies for any inconveniences.


Group of electronic device users logging onto their devices

The Library is delighted to announce the purchase of 14 new electronic resources supporting multiple disciplines across the Arts and Humanities.  

With access to millions of primary source collections this is a fantastic opportunity to expand your research and knowledge on a wide breadth of subjects, ranging from 18th-20th Irish history to global cultural and encyclopedic knowledge spanning the millennia.  


The Library of Trinity College Dublin – Retiree special 2020-2022

After 3 long years, the Library of Trinity College Dublin gathered last night in the Long Room of the Old Library and held a very special event in honour of ten members of staff who retired in 2020, 2021 and four more due to retire this week, September 2022.

Sean Breen, Readers’ Services (1974-2021), Carmel Carr, Librarian’s Office (1980-2022), Loretto Curley, Library Guard (2005-2020), Paul Doyle, Readers’ Services (1972-2020), Helen Flynn, Cataloguing (1982-2021), Peter Guilding, Cataloguing (1980-2021), Assumpta Guilfoyle, Cataloguing (1974-2021), Una Lynch, Readers’ Services (1976-2022), Paul Mulligan, Map Library (2007-2022) and Paula Norris, Readers’ Services (1977-2022).

These ten people in particular, have given an enormous amount over the decades – who combined, served a staggering 387.5 years and of themselves – incalculable dedication.

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Re-discovered Treasure from the Long Room

Giordani music manuscripts rediscovered during Old Library redevelopment preparations

The unseen high galleries and closed stacks of the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin are currently a hive of activity, as a small army of library staff and project assistants have begun to empty the shelves in preparation for the restoration and redevelopment of the building which is due to begin late next year. Each individual volume must be cleaned and measured, its physical condition assessed and recorded, an electronic tag attached, and its catalogue description checked for accuracy. All of this information must then be entered in the Library’s online database before the volume is carefully packed away and sent to secure off-site storage (where it will remain retrievable for researchers throughout the project).

This amounts to the most detailed and systematic shelf check of this material for many years, and already it has thrown up some interesting new discoveries. One such occurred when examining the contents of a volume of assorted vocal and instrumental sheet music collected in the late 18th century by a member of the Balfour family of Townley Hall, (a country house near Drogheda in Co. Louth, about 55 kilometres from Dublin). Bound in at the back of this volume (shelfmark OLS X-2-1) was a hitherto undocumented music manuscript, faintly headed “Giordani Solfeggio”.

Music score of 18th century composerTommaso Giordani, titled “Giordani Solfeggio”
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