New Online Booking System

The Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new online booking system for the group study rooms in the BLU, Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries.

Students can now book Library group study rooms online from anywhere. For full details about the rooms and to book, please go to Online Group Study Room Booking.

Students can access the system from Wednesday 7th December to make bookings for Monday 12th December onwards.

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.



Library Opening Hours, May Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May 2015

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.

Extended Library Opening Hours, 7th April – 22nd May 2015

From Tuesday 7th April to Friday 22nd May 2015 the Library will offer extended opening hours. See our Opening Hours page for more detailed information.

Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher Libraries

Monday – Friday: 08:00* – 22:00 (*Access between 8-9am is via the Berkeley Library entrance)

Saturday: 09:30 – 19:00

Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: 11:00 – 19:00

Hamilton Library

Monday – Friday: 08:30 – 22:00

Saturday: 09:30 – 19:00

Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: 11:00 – 19:00

John Stearne Medical Library

Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 22:00

Saturday: 09:30 – 13:00

Sunday: Closed

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: Closed


Trinity Ball 2015 – Library Arrangements

Due to the Trinity Ball, all Library buildings on the main College campus will close early on Friday 17th April 2015.

  • Berkeley/Ussher/Lecky (BLU) Libraries and the Hamilton Library will close at 5pm, Friday 17th April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 18th April.
  • Kinsella Hall, Ussher Library will close at 5pm, Friday 17th April – the 1st floor and the computer room will reopen at 8:30am Saturday 18th April.
  • The 1937 Reading Room will close at 4:30pm, Friday 17th April and reopen at 8:30am, Saturday 18th April.

The John Stearne Medical Library is unaffected as it lies off campus, and will close at 10pm Friday 17th April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 18th April.

RDS ‘Great Libraries of the World’ Lecture – Peter Fox on Trinity College Library Dublin 15/04/15

Trinity College Library Dublin: a History
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.

Green Week: Go Green 2015. Friday

Green Week Beate's letteringTrinity College Library supports College’s Green Week 2015, 16-20 February.

Recent additions to the Library’s collections.

All titles are available from the Library.

Long-term response of a forest watershed ecosystem : clearcutting in the southern Appalachians / edited by Wayne T. Swank and Jackson R. Webster. Oxford University Press, 2014.

scan0014Location: Berkeley Basement

Shelfmark: HL-360-199

The Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory is a research facility of the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. It was established in 1934 and is now world-famous in the research areas of forest hydrology and ecology. With the intended audience of scientists as well as policy makers, this book provides a comprehensive update on research at the facility. The first 11 chapters detail specific responses and recovery of forest and stream processes following cutting. Chapters 12 and 13 look at two additional experimental forests in the Appalachian Highlands Physiographic Division. The final chapter is a synthesis of more than 30 years of research at Coweeta WS7.

The herbaceous layer in forests of eastern North America/ edited by Frank Gilliam. Oxford University Press, 2014. 2nd edition.

scan0002Location: Berkeley Basement

Shelfmark: HL-362-626

A decade after the publication of the first edition, this revised second edition of The herbaceous layer in forests of eastern North America, offers a new look at research by top biologists and ecologists in the area of herbaceous layer structure. Chapters from the first edition have been substantially updated and eight new chapters have been added. These include an overview of reproductive strategies among herb species, an examination of herb layer diversity, as well as an analysis of the effects of disturbances on forest herb communities. This book, with its extensive bibliography, is recommended as an invaluable reference and resource for ecologists, conservationists and forest managers.