Library Opening Hours – August Bank Holiday Weekend 2020

Opening hours for the Berkeley / Lecky / Ussher / Hamilton libraries:

  • Friday 31 July: 09:30 – 17:00
  • Saturday 1 – Monday 3 August: closed
  • Tuesday 4 August: 09:30-17:00

The John Stearne Medical Library is currenly closed but will re-open on Monday 10 August 2020.

There will be no 24-hour access to any Library spaces until further notice.



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

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


Student shelver positions available for 2020/21!

Student shelving a book

Applications for student shelvers are now being accepted for the coming academic year 2020/21.

Each year the Library employs a number of student shelvers to work 10-12 hours per week in the libraries on campus and in the Trinity Centre at St. James’s Hospital. The primary role of student shelvers is to sort books and return them to the shelves each day.

A full job description and short-listing criteria are available on the application website.

Please ensure you read these in detail before completing the application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 7th August 2020.

Please Note: Interviews for these positions will take place on Tuesday 8th September 2020. Successful candidates will be notified by e-mail of their interview time at least one week in advance of the interview date.

If you have any questions please contact Maria Kelly, Reading Room Maintenance Executive, by e-mail:

JSTOR E-books access extended through August 31st, 2020

Covid-19 temporary free access to a set of more than 32,000 e-books from 48 publishers is available until August 31st. This will help to support remote teaching and learning, as well as to fill the gap left by reduced access to physical books. Please click here if you want to access them:

New Resource Trial: SAGE Research Methods

The library is delighted to announce trial access to SAGE Research Methods on and off campus until 31st May.

SRM provides research methods resources including statistics, Cases, Datasets for the following disciplines:

Business and Management, Marketing, Communication and Media Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Mathematics, Political Science and International Relations

Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Nursing, , Dentistry, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Public Health, Social Policy and Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology

Checkout the drilldown links below:

SRM Cases

SRM Datasets

SRM Video

SRM Foundations

Hist250 exhibition celebrates ‘The Greatest of all Schools of Oratory’

An exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the College Historical Society ‘The Greatest of all Schools of Oratory’ was officially opened in the Long Room in the Old Library.

‘The Hist’ as it is more popularly known is the world’s oldest student debating society. The Society has been the premier intellectual forum in Ireland and has been at the forefront of College life since its inception in 1770. As well as providing the scene for Edmund Burke, Theobald Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet’s first steps into political debate, the Society has played a part in the formative years of great Irish writers such as Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett, all former members. The Society is also noted for its guest speakers from Winston Churchill to Edward Kennedy to Margaret Atwood among many others.

The Society’s records are held in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. The collection includes meeting minute books, debate attendance registers, lists of members, medals, accounts, photographs and correspondence.

Group photo of the officers on the Committee of the College Historical Society, 1872-73. Seated in the centre is the Auditor Bram Stoker.

Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton said: We are delighted to be hosting this important exhibition marking the Hist’s 250th anniversary in the Old Library, showcasing some of the highlights of the debates over the centuries involving notable members, ranging from the renowned author of Dracula, Bram Stoker, to the former Tánaiste, Mary Harney. The student debating society has documented life in Ireland and the challenges it faced over the decades. It continues to do so and is a critical component of student life in Trinity.”

The first meeting of the College Historical Society took place on Wednesday, 21 March 1770. It was a time of great change in Ireland and the Western world, at the height of the Enlightenment and before the American War of Independence and the French Revolution. From its inception it showed itself to be at the forefront of intellectual thought in Ireland, and many of its members later went into politics.

Highlights from the  archives include the  1747 minute book of [Edmund] ‘Burke’s Club’, which inspired the foundation of the Hist, a photograph of the 1872-73 committee featuring Bram Stoker as Auditor, a signature book signed by Wolfe Tone, a photograph of the first Hist debate chaired by a woman, and medals awarded for skill in oratory and composition.

In the 1870s Edward Carson was a Librarian on the committee, and as such had responsibility for keeping the attendance book at meetings. The attendance book is not only notable for its list of attendees, but even more so for the topics being debated each week, spanning questions such as the role of women in society and the relationship between Church and State. In February 1872 the following motion was debated: ‘That the social and political disabilities of women should be abolished’. ‘A.Stoker’ was in attendance and spoke against the motion.

These items form just a small part of a treasure trove of records in the archives of the Hist, which are available for consultation by all who have an interest in the history of ‘The Greatest of all Schools of Oratory’.

Chancellor of the University, Professor Mary McAleese opened the exhibition  and also launched the history of the Society by Trinity’s Professor Patrick Geoghegan.

Co-curators of the exhibition are Ellen O’Flaherty of Research Collections at the Library of Trinity College Dublin and Ursula Quill, former Hist member, and director of the Hist250 celebrations.

Commenting on the exhibition, Ursula Quill said: “”This exhibition was the result of a rewarding collaboration between students on the current Hist committee and the Library of Trinity College as part of the Hist250 celebrations. Finding records of the debates that members such as Wolfe Tone, Bram Stoker and Conor Cruise O’Brien spoke at, or attended, was a reminder of the rich history of the Society in its 250th year. We also found plenty of colourful material, including drawings, jokes, and satirical verse, which was also a reminder that the Hist has always been a vibrant student society on campus. There is a wealth of material in the archive and the items on display were chosen to represent the story of the Society since its foundation, right through to the modern day.” 

Ellen O’Flaherty added: “The College Archives in the Library contains a treasure trove of records relating to the academic, administrative and social history of the University.  The Hist archive is one of the more comprehensive of the student society records and gives a fascinating insight into the history not only of the Society but of student life through the centuries.  We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work in collaboration with current members of the Society on this exciting project.”




Trial access to independent Arts, Humanities and Social Science Journals

The library is pleased to offer two months trial access to specialist Arts and Humanities journals collated by Aggregagent.  Delivery is on campus from publishers’ web sites.

For this reason we offer a potted subject guide below with urls for the publishers.


Equinox Publishing

7 Titles covering covering Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Bulletin for the Study of Religion
Communication & Medicine
Gender & Language
Health and Social Care Chaplaincy
Mediation Theory and Practice
Religions of South Asia
Research on Children and Social Interaction

The Policy Press

6 Titles covering Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Evidence & Policy
Families Relationships and Societies
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Policy & Politics
Voluntary Sector Review



30+ Titles covering Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Arab Studies Quarterly
Bethlehem University Journal
Critical Philosophy of Race
Decolonising Horizons
Gestalt Review
Good Society
Groundings – The Journal of the Walter Rodney Foundation
Institute of Employment Rights Journal
International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies
International Journal of Cuban Studies
Islamophobia Studies Journal
Journal of African Development
Journal of Africana Religions
Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture
Journal of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness
Journal of Austrian-American History (OA)
Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
Journal of Development Perspectives
Journal of Fair Trade
Journal of General Education
Journal of Global Fault Lines
Journal of Intersectionality
Journal of Minority Achievement, Creativity, and Leadership
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science
Libraries: Culture History and Society
Nineteenth Century Studies
Policy Perspectives
Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation
Socialist Lawyer
State Crime Journal
Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation
World Review of Political Economy
Zanj – The Journal of Critical Global South Studies


New Resource Trial: Socialism on Film

We are delighted to have trial access to 2,000 Documentaries, newsreels and feature films by Soviet, Chinese, Vietnamese, East European, British and Latin American filmmakers.The films date from the early twentieth century to the 1980s.

Sourced from the archives of the British Film Institute (BFI), this resource makes available the collection of British communist Stanley Forman. The films were produced almost exclusively in the communist world and later versioned into English for distribution in the West.

All the films included in this resource have been digitised from the original 16mm and 35mm film reels.  The trial will run for three months