New Collaborative Storage Facility in Bid to Conserve Ireland’s Library Collections

The university libraries of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland today (19 August 2011) announced plans to jointly develop a shared facility to accommodate the urgent storage needs of their collections, as well as the longer-term needs of Irish research libraries in general.

The new facility would accommodate vast collections of books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings, early printed books and other valuable materials of historical and cultural value which are currently at risk due to inadequate or inappropriate storage space.

“Storage space for our collections has reached crisis point in the country’s major research libraries, TCD and UCD, and in the National Library of Ireland,” explained UCD Librarian John Howard, speaking at today’s announcement. Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library, added: “The National Library of Ireland’s National Collection is at imminent risk of damage and destruction due to unsuitable conditions in storage areas in the Library’s Kildare Street and Temple Bar sites.”

“Trinity College Library’s current Book Repository contains over two million books and has been at full capacity for some time. Its environmental controls fall well below those required to preserve such collections of material, which are deteriorating rapidly,” noted Robin Adams, Trinity College Dublin Librarian and College Archivist.

The libraries are also pleased to announce financial support for their planning effort from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a private philanthropy based in New York. The award (US $50,000) has been made to UCD to support the efforts of the three libraries. “We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s recognition of our commitment to preserve the nation’s knowledge resources and documentary cultural heritage materials,” stated John Howard. Fiona Ross said: “This support for planning to sustain our resources is a signal that our plans, while they serve national concerns, have both international interest and impact.”

Taken from the TCD Communications Office.

Book of Kells Exhibition Receives €2.7million funding

Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring announced an allocation of €2.7 million in funding for the exhibition of the Book of Kells, in order to improve public access to the precious manuscript and the overall visitor experience. The funding was part of an allocation of €6 million to tourism projects in Ireland.

The Ministers announced the funding in the Old Library, Trinity College.  Minister Varadkar said the funding highlights the Government’s commitment to improving the quality of Irish tourist attractions so that Ireland can compete with the wide array of choice tourists are offered internationally.  Such investment will help to sustain and create jobs in the tourism sector and get Ireland back to growth.  The funding, from Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Capital Investment Programme, has been allocated to four projects across the country.

Welcoming news of the funding, Trinity College Librarian, Robin Adams said: “I am delighted that the generous grant from the Failte Ireland Tourism Capital Investment Programme will enable us to provide greatly enhanced access and understanding for the many visitors to the Book of Kells and the Library’s other great treasures, and to ensure that the iconic Old Library can be shared with the public as well as functioning as one of the world’s great research libraries.”

Other tourism projects which received funding were Garnish Island – €2.4 million; Killarney Downhill Mountain Bike Trail – €430,353; and Lough Rynn Infrastructure – €212,250.

The Library Welcomes the UK Government’s Response to the Recent Public Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit

The UK Legal Deposit Libraries (including Trinity College Library Dublin) have welcomed the UK Government’s response to the public consultation on the ‘draft regulations and guidance for non-print legal deposit’ and its commitment to deliver regulations for non-print content.

In particular, the UK Legal Deposit Libraries welcome the UK Government’s move to regulate on:

–          The deposit of works on CD-ROM and other offline media;

–          The harvesting of online content, which will allow a great deal of material and most UK websites to be archived and thus avoid a digital black hole; and

–          Agreements with publishers for depositing the published digital equivalent of printed works in place of depositing the printed version. This, in the long term, will enable the Legal Deposit Libraries and the publishing sector to reduce costs.

The Legal Deposit Libraries will support the UK Government and work with the publishing industry to achieve these aims as well as provide any additional information required to ensure the success of these regulations.

In addition, the Libraries will work with the publishing industry to resolve any technical concerns and identify the true costs and public benefit of regulating on other methods of delivery. It is hoped that it will be possible to extend the regulations to cover such methods within a few years.


  • The Legal Deposit Libraries are:

The British Library, The National Library of Scotland, The National Library of Wales, Bodleian Library Oxford, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Dublin.

Robin Adams, Librarian and College Archivist

7 April 2011

1641 Depositions – The Online Depositions Website

The website provides a fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 Depositions at Trinity College Dublin Library, comprising transcripts and images of all 8,000 depositions, examinations and associated materials in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October, 1641.
About the Depositions
The 1641 Depositions (Trinity College Dublin, MSS 809-841) are witness testimonies mainly by Protestants, but also by some Catholics, from all social backgrounds, concerning their experiences of the 1641 Irish rebellion. The testimonies document the loss of goods, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, stripping, imprisonment and murder. This body of material is unparalleled anywhere in early modern Europe, and provides a unique source of information for the causes and events surrounding the 1641 rebellion and for the social, economic, cultural, religious, and political history of seventeenth-century Ireland, England and Scotland. Learn more about the Depositions and the project at