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 library@tcd.ie.

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

 

“Keeping the Books” – Daily Talks in the Long Room

A Preservation Assistant at work

A Preservation Assistant at work

What challenges and risks do the books in the Old Library face every day and how do we ‘keep’ the books? What is red rot and what does foxing and acid books mean?

What measures do we take so that library visitors can continue to enjoy and use special collections in the future? Why do we clean books, and what is the dirt? What are Smoke Sponges, Backuums and unbleached cotton tape?

How has the Old Library building changed over the years since 1712? What type of books do we have in the Long Room and when were they made? How many books are there and how have the collections grown over the years?

To learn the answers to all of these questions and more, come to the Long Room in the Old Library to hear about keeping the collection of early printed books. The Preservation Assistants are part of an ongoing project, started in 2004, to systematically clean the 220,000+ books of the Old Library. The Preservation Assistants will explain the challenges of preserving an historic collection in a historic setting and explain how the books are cleaned and preserved for the future. Examples of books from the collection, dating from the 15th century to the 19th century will be shown.

Occasionally, other staff from the Preservation & Conservation Department may speak about preservation activities in the Old Library.

Talks run Monday to Friday at 3pm until 28 June 2019 and last 15-20 minutes.

Want to know more? Sarah Timmins, one of our former Preservation Assistants, has written a great piece on how our precious books in the Long Room are repaired.

Alumni and current students can see the Book of Kells, access the Long Room, and attend these talks for free, with up to three guests.

Other visitors who have paid for entry to the Old Library are welcome to attend the Keeping the Books talks for no additional charge.

Library Opening Hours – Easter Weekend 2018

The Library will be open as follows over Easter Weekend 2018:

Kinsella Hall and the 1937 Reading Room will remain open 24/7 throughout the weekend.

Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher + Hamilton Libraries

– Thursday 29 Mar: 09:00 – 22:00
– Friday 30 Mar: Closed
– Saturday 31 Mar: Closed
– Sunday 1 Apr: Closed
– Monday 2 Apr: Closed
– Tuesday 3 Apr: 09:00 – 22:00

John Stearne Medical Library

– Thursday 29 Mar: 09:00 – 22:00
– Friday 30 Mar: Closed
– Saturday 31 Mar: Closed
– Sunday 1 Apr: Closed
– Monday 2 Apr: Closed
– Tuesday 3 Apr: 09:00 – 22:00

Manuscripts & Archives Research Library

– Thursday 29 Mar: 10:00 – 16:00
– Friday 30 Mar: Closed
– Saturday 31 Mar: Closed
– Sunday 1 Apr: Closed
– Monday 2 Apr: Closed
– Tuesday 3 Apr: 10:00 – 16:00

Early Printed Books & Special Collections

– Thursday 29 Mar: 10:00 – 16:45
– Friday 30 Mar: Closed
– Saturday 31 Mar: Closed
– Sunday 1 Apr: Closed
– Monday 2 Apr: Closed
– Tuesday 3 Apr: 10:00 – 19:45

Last admission to each Library is 15 minutes before the Library closes.

Pollard Collection of children’s books now fully available for online searching!

The Department of Early Printed Books & Special Collections (EPB) is delighted to announce that cataloguing of the Pollard Collection of children’s books has been completed. Online records for approximately 12,000 items are now searchable using Stella Search or the Classic Catalogue. The shelf-mark prefix OLS POL denotes items in this collection, which are located in the Early Printed Books Stacks (please use call slip) for viewing in the EPB reading room.

The Pollard Collection – a bequest of Mary “Paul” Pollard, former Keeper of Early Printed Books – is the largest collection of children’s books in Ireland. Items date from the 17th century to the early 20th century with a special focus on Irish imprints, Irish writers, and books written for girls. Extensive holdings of works by Maria Edgeworth, Barbara Hofland, and Mary Sherwood feature in the collection. Some of the themes covered include heroic stories, popular adventures, schoolbooks, Latin classics, fables, moral tales, hymns, songs, chapbooks, picture books, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes.

If you have any queries about this collection or the Early Printed Books & Special Collections Department, please contact us at epbooks@tcd.ie.

Library Closed due to Ophelia


The Library will be closed Monday 16th October due to the Status Red wind warning for Ireland issued by Met Eireann. The closure covers all reading rooms and Library buildings, including our 24-hour study areas and Library facilities outside the main campus.

Stay safe! Normal service is expected to resume on Tuesday 17th October.

“Keeping the Books” – Daily Talks in the Long Room

What does ingrained dirt on books and ice hockey have in common? What is red rot and foxing? How long did it take Trinity College Dublin to acquire its first 100,000 books and how many books are added annually? Do people still read the books in the Old Library? How are the books in the library organized on the shelves? Where can you see every page of the Book of Kells? What subject matter is covered in the Library and how was the collection built over time? What are the greatest threats to a historical library and how do we protect the books?

To learn the answers to all of these questions and more, come to the Long Room in the Old Library to hear the Preservation Assistants talk about keeping the collection of early printed books. The Preservation Assistants are part of an ongoing project, started in 2004, to systematically clean the 220,000+ books of the Old Library. They’ll walk you through the challenges of preserving an historic collection in a historic setting and explain how the books are cleaned and preserved for the future. Examples of books from the collection, dating from the invention of the printing press in the 15th century to the Victorian Era in the 19th century will be shown.

Talks run Monday to Friday at 3pm until 18th August and last 20 minutes.

Want to know more? Sarah Timmins, one of our current Preservation Assistants, has written a great piece on how our precious books in the Long Room are repaired.

Alumni and current students can see the Book of Kells, access the Long Room, and attend these talks for free, with up to three guests.

Other visitors who have paid for entry to the Old Library are welcome to attend the Keeping the Books talks for no additional charge.

Original text by Heather Courtney.

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Library Closed, Monday 31 October

Happy Halloween!As usual, the Library will be closed for the October Holiday, Monday 31 October. Reading rooms will reopen on Tuesday at their normal hours.

Kinsella Hall and the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room will remain open to Trinity staff and students throughout Monday. The Old Library and Book of Kells Exhibition is also open to visitors.

 

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