The Library of Trinity College Dublin invites you to be inspired by its collections in a new online exhibition Director’s Choice Uncut

Highlights of the collections of the Library of Trinity College Dublin and their fascinating history are  showcased in a new online exhibition Director’s Choice Uncut. The Library invites you to connect and be inspired by a range of diverse objects and their stories in this magnificent new online exhibition selected by the Librarian & College Archivist, Helen Shenton. Building on the success of the  Director’s Choice: The Library of Trinity College Dublin published this year by Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, this new expanded digital platform features even more of the Library’s treasures.

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Trinity to commission four new sculptures – all representing women scholars for display in the Long Room

The scientist Rosalind Franklin, the folklorist, dramatist and theatre-founder Augusta Gregory, the mathematician Ada Lovelace and the writer and pioneering women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft have been chosen from a list of more than 500 suggestions.

There are currently 40 marble busts in the beautiful, historic space – all men. As the College recognises that its public spaces must better represent our diversity, it has decided as a first step to introduce a series of sculptures of women.

This is the first time in over a century that the University has commissioned new sculptures for this prestigious location. The first for this space were commissioned in the 1740s, soon after the Library was finished, and the collection was gradually extended in the following years. No new sculptures have been commissioned since the 1880s and no additional sculptures have been installed since the 1920s.

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Library Response to COVID Level 5

The Provost and Secretary to the College wrote to us yesterday, about the universities being categorised as essential (as identified on the Department of the Taoiseach’s website see Education).

The libraries are essential to the research infrastructures during COVID Level 5, both for access to physical material for researchers and students, and as a safe, calm environment with good connectivity, especially for students.

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Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton libraries reopen for essential study: Resumption of activities next steps

Pomodoro Sphere

Today we are opening our doors to the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton libraries as part of the phased resumption of Library activities. We know how much the libraries mean to all of us at Trinity, and just how much disruption to research, teaching and learning has been caused by COVID-19.

Our reopening is focused on the essential needs of academic staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students who may be sitting reassessments. There is also an expanded range of new services, including ‘Click and Collect’, ‘Scan on Demand’ and a postal delivery service, supporting those working remotely − further details here.

Access for external/visiting readers is not possible at this time but please keep an eye on the Library homepage for updates. The situation may change as we approach the start of teaching term on the 28th September 2020.

The safety of our staff and students is foremost in this process, ensuring a safe working and studying environment. The safety protocols that will be in place for the physical reopening will be as follows:

  • Reading rooms in Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton libraries will open for individual study and self-service borrowing
  • There will be no counter services and no group study activities
  • Social distancing will be in place across all reading rooms (chairs at least 2m apart)
  • There will be a ‘keep right’ policy and readers will be asked not to congregate anywhere in the building
  • The Library will make hand gel and wipes available at key locations throughout the buildings
  • Access to the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher complex is via the Berkeley Library only (Lecky entrance in the Arts Block is closed)
  • The opening hours in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton will be 09:30 – 17:00 (Mon-Fri)
  • The John Stearne Medical Library will reopen on 10th August with limited hours; in the interim, materials held there can be requested via the new services (‘Click & Collect’ etc).

There will be signage to assist you in observing these protocols which are in keeping with HSE guidelines. For those intending to use the Library, I would encourage you to plan your study and research in advance.

The reopening of the physical Library is being phased in keeping with Trinity’s overall health and safety guidelines and the government roadmap. The most recent phase on 29th June, involved the reopening of Kinsella Hall for the essential research needs of postgraduates and early stage researchers. Based on their feedback, we know it was hugely beneficial for those who availed of it. One postgrad wrote ‘I have got more done in the past two hours than I did in the past two months’. We hope that today’s further reopening will help others who need on-site Library study space and services.

Access to all Library reading rooms, including Manuscripts & Archives and Early Printed Books (as well as the Book of Kells exhibition), will resume on August 10th. Please continue to consult the Library’s Academic Continuity Guide on the Library website for regular updates.

I look forward to welcoming you all back in person as our resumption plans progress.

Helen Shenton, Librarian & College Archivist

 

31st Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 31st Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 18th February in the Exam Hall, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin (admission €3.00).

There are thousands of books for sale on all sorts of subjects. Especially strong on Ireland and Irish fiction, law, English literature, maths & statistics, etc. Includes many music books from the library of broadcaster Sandy Harsch (1942-2019) who presented Country Time on RTÉ Radio for twenty years. An auction of rare books will take place at 5.30pm (preliminary catalogue available here), Sale closing at 7.00pm.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’ 19 February 10.00am-6.00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 20 February 10.00am-2.00pm. Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2.15pm on Thursday when everything must go and be taken away.

Proceeds go to support the purchase of research materials in the College Libraries. All welcome.

Visit our website and email us at booksale@tcd.ie.

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.

29th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale

The 29th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale opens at 12:00 noon on Tuesday 20 February in the Exam Hall (admission €3.00). An auction of rare books will take place at 5:30pm. The preliminary auction catalogue is online.

The Sale continues on ‘Restocked Wednesday’ 21 February, 10:00am-6:00pm (admission free) when additional material will be on sale, and on ‘Half Price Thursday’ 22 February 10:00am-2:00pm.

Clearance auction of all remaining books at 2:15pm on Thursday when everything must go. Inquiries to booksale@tcd.ie or to 896-2276. After the sale, books are collected year-round at the Booksale Office, Goldsmith Hall, Pearse Street.

Arts: Search: 19th & 20th century art and design: a Library-supplied e-Resource

Arts: Search, formerly, designinform, has four databases:

  1. Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), a new ongoing abstracting and indexing service;
  2. Design ProFILES (DP), a comprehensive dictionary of design and designers;
  3. ReVIEW, a full text database of decorative and fine arts journals (140 + titles) published in Europe and the USA during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and,
  4. Research Sources; 1st topic: THE POSTER (1890s and the 1920s).

Research Sources (added in 2017) will focus in depth on a series of art and design history topics.

1st topic: THE POSTER.  It includes a 364-page Bibliographical and Internet Survey of the History of the Poster; an International Directory of Poster Collections; and digitisations of most of the significant books, exhibition catalogues and journals on the Poster published between the 1890s and the 1920s with biographical data on the artists whose work is discussed or illustrated. There are 33 ebooks in this collection at present.

Orbis Europe – online from the Library

Orbis Europe

Orbis Europe is a Bureau Van Dijk (BvD) product added to the collection of the Library’s online resources earlier this year.

Orbis Europe is a subset of BvD’s global ‘Orbis’ tool. It holds information on public and private banks, insurance and industrial companies across 48 European countries. It contains over 85 million companies on the system and is updated weekly. It is replacing Amadeus, an abbreviated European database, in TCD Library’s collection of subscription databases.

You can find this resource on the New Resources page, or on the A-Z of the Databases and E-Books section of the Library website. At the Library Website, you can also search by title in Stella, the Library discovery system.

Please remember to use the link on the Library record for Orbis Europe to access the resource off campus.