To facilitate a power outage as part of the Medium Voltage Infrastructure Upgrade, the following buildings (including the Hamilton Library) will close at 21:00 on Thursday 9th November and reopen at 07:00 on Friday 10th November:
Hamilton Building (including the Hamilton Library)
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact Peter Dudley (Sub-Librarian, Reading Rooms Services & Space) if you have any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
On Monday 4th May 2015 the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher and Hamilton Libraries will be open from 11am to 7pm. The 24-hour Kinsella Hall in the Ussher Library and the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room will remain open by ID card access to Trinity students and staff.
The John Stearne Medical Library will be closed on Monday 4th May 2015, as will EPB and M&ARL.
All Library reading rooms reopen on Tuesday 5th May 2015. For further information please consult our Opening Hours webpage.
Peter Fox’s ‘Trinity College Library Dublin: a History’, launched in 2014
This free (but booking essential!) lecture will examine some familiar aspects of the history of Trinity College Library Dublin from a less familiar perspective. Much of what we now take for granted: the foundation of the Library in the 16th century, the building of what we now call the Old Library in the 18th, the New Library (now the Berkeley) in the 20th, and Trinity’s continuing right to claim new books published in both Britain and Ireland – all of these involved complex negotiations, the outcome of which was far from certain. The story of the Library was directly affected by the intervention of major historical figures – monarchs: Elizabeth I, Queen Anne and Charles II; archbishops: James Ussher, William King and John Charles McQuaid; politicians: Oliver Cromwell, Eamon de Valera and Seán Lemass. These all feature in the lecture, which will cover the political background to the development of Ireland’s greatest library and its relations with church and state over four centuries.
Full details and how to book can be found on the RDS website.
Peter Fox worked at Trinity College for 15 years, first as Deputy Librarian and then as Librarian and College Archivist. He edited Treasures of the Library: Trinity College Dublin, published by the Royal Irish Academy in 1986, and the commentary volume to the Book of Kells facsimile. His history of Trinity College Library Dublin was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. From 1994 to 2009 he was the Librarian of the University of Cambridge, and he is a Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge.