Peter Fox, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin

We’re delighted that Peter Fox, former Librarian & Archivist of Trinity College Dublin (and then Librarian of the University of Cambridge) has been been awarded Honorary Fellowship. Peter is the author of the fantastic “Trinity College Library Dublin: A History”, an amazingly useful and comprehensive book we use constantly (not least, to settle arguments amongst Library staff members about the history of the Library).

Blowing our own Trumpet (Redux)

Those of you with an interest in music may remember that we were the recipients of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (UK and Ireland Branch) Excellence Award, back in 2016. This is awarded every three years… and we won it again this year.  The Library of Trinity College Dublin was the only Irish winner of the 11 prizes awarded.

The award focuses on outstanding music services to the library’s user community, using the following criteria:

  • Sustained good work and good practice which has the potential to be adopted and adapted by others.

and if relevant:

  • Serious development of a service.
  • Innovation of obviously lasting value.

They had the following nice things to say about us:

“An impressive legal deposit library led by a distinguished music librarian [that’d be Roy Stanley – Ed.] who works closely with staff, students and other music librarians and whose engagement with performers has stimulated research and resulted in radio programmes, concerts, CDs, and publications.”


“The leading role of TCD Music library in the sector in Ireland cannot be overstated. The collaboration and co-operation is a good example to others.”

and finishing up with:

“As a Legal Deposit Library, holdings of printed books and printed music are bound to be comprehensive, and thus we are looking at the way these are accessed, and other, special, aspects of the Library’s holdings. In my view, the access arrangements for the printed collections are generous and all-embracing; and the special collections are of national importance for Ireland. Development through purchase of non-legally deposited items is also impressive. I was interested to read of the Music Library’s participation in the Research Collections Division, and the integrated approach that has resulted from this.”

Well done – again – to our dedicated Music Librarian, Roy Stanley. Anyone want to place bets for 2022?

Banned Books Exhibition in the Library

The Library has a new mini exhibition in the Ussher Library, Orientation Space showcasing some of the books banned by the Censorship of Publications Board since 1930 up to more recent times. Also on show are archival items (including the key to the Banned Books Room) showing how these banned books were dealt with by the Library from the 1960s onwards. The exhibits reflect the history of censorship in Ireland and the sometimes uneasy relationship between the Library and the State authorities.

Trinity Ball 2019 – Library Arrangements

Due to the Trinity Ball, all Library buildings on the main University campus will close early on Friday 12 April 2019.

The Berkeley/Ussher/Lecky (BLU) Libraries and the Hamilton Library will close at 5pm, Friday 12 April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 13 April.

  • Kinsella Hall, Ussher Library will close at 5pm, Friday 12 April. The 1st floor and the computer room will reopen at 8:30am Saturday 13 April.
  • The 1937 Reading Room will close at 4:30pm, Friday 12 April and reopen at 8:30am, Saturday 13th April.

The John Stearne Medical Library is unaffected as it lies off campus, and will close at 10pm Friday 12 April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 13 April.

The Museum Building – 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

Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson

Trinity College Dublin

The architectural gem of Victorian Dublin: Deane and Woodward’s Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

19:30, Thursday 21 March 2019

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

Patrick Wyse Jackson is an Associate Professor of Geology, Curator of the Geological Museum, Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, Tutor, Head of the School of Natural Sciences, and a former Head of Geology and Director of Post-Graduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Natural Sciences. His main research interests are on the taxonomy, functional morphology and biology of Palaeozoic bryozoans, particularly those from the Ordovician and Mississippian geological periods. Patrick has published one hundred papers and meeting abstracts on his bryozoan research and over 150 notes, papers, and books in other fields including the history and philosophy of geology and the use of building materials in Ireland. He is currently a co-PI on the innovative cross-disciplinary project ‘Making Victorian Dublin’ being carried out with colleagues in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture in Trinity. This project is focused on the extractive industries and building trades, and craftsmen who worked on the Museum Building and elsewhere, in the middle decades of the 1800s.

30th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 30th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 19th February in the Exam Hall, Trinity College Dublin (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm (draft catalogue available). The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’, 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 10.00am-2.00pm. Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday 21st when everything must go.

This year’s sale is very strong on books on Ireland, Irish literature and criticism, as well as art, biography, history, sociology, education, fiction, etc. The Sale will feature many books from the library of the late Nobel Laureate Seán MacBride (1904-1988). Proceeds go to support the purchase of research materials in the College Libraries. All welcome.

The History of the South Dublin Union – 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

Dr Davis Coakley

The History of the South Dublin Union

19:30, Thursday 14 February 2019

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

Davis Coakley is a doctor and writer who graduated from University College Cork in 1971. He served as a consultant physician at St James’s Hospital, Dublin (1979-2011) and was professor of medical gerontology in Trinity College Dublin (1996-2011). He was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1993 to 1999. He was co-chairman of the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), a body which promoted research on ageing across the island of Ireland. He is a Trustee of the Edward Worth Library and has served as its chairman. He has also served as Dun’s Librarian in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is chairman of the steering group of the Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing (MIRA). He is cofounder of The Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing at St James’s Hospital, a state of the art facility embracing health care, education and research. He has published over 150 scientific papers in relation to ageing in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of books on medicine, medical history and Irish literature. His most recent books include Medicine in Trinity College Dublin: An illustrated History and The History and Heritage of St James’s Hospital Dublin which he co-authored with his wife Mary. He is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a fellow of the Irish, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Colleges of Physicians.