Valentine’s Fines Amnesty

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
We won’t charge you fines,
If your books are overdue

…from Friday 14 – Saturday 29 February, anyway.

After consultation with the two Student Unions the Library is implementing a once-off, two-week amnesty on collecting fines. Show your love for the Library by getting any lost and overdue books back to their home. No fines levied and no questions asked!

The fine print:

  • The amnesty will apply for two weeks from Friday 14 February (Valentine’s Day!) to Saturday 29 February (leap year!) 2020.
  • The amnesty will be limited to materials currently on loan. It will *not* apply to fines/charges associated with items that have already been returned.
  • Readers are asked to return items via the service counters or specially designated book return bins (which will be clearly marked and very visible).

Opening Hours for Kinsella Hall (Ussher 1st Floor)

Monday 16 December – Monday 23 December 2019 (inclusive)

Kinsella Hall, Ussher Library (1st floor only) will be available as a 24-hour study space. Please note that all personal belongings must be removed, before or during the changeover to a 24-hour Reading Room, which will take place at 16:45 each day.

Tuesday 24 December 2019 – Wednesday 1 January 2020 (inclusive)

Kinsella Hall will close for the Christmas Period: 24 December 2019 – 1 January 2019 (inclusive). Kinsella Hall will reopen for 24-hour study on Thursday 2 January 2020.

Substantial new electronic resources acquired by the Library

The Library is delighted to announce the purchase of nine new electronic resources supporting multiple disciplines across the Arts and Humanities.


  • We will proceed with the purchase of The Mirror Newspaper Archive (scheduled for release from Cengage Learning in March 2020 – The Mirror will be cross-searchable with other Gale archives on the Gale Primary Sources platform). In addition, in January 2020, we will establish an annual subscription to the Daily Express (1900-current) on the Digitorial/UKPressOnline platform.
  • 19th Century Collection: Children’s Literature and Childhood – provides a wide range of primary sources related to the experience of childhood in the 19th Century.
  • 19th Century Collections: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture – 100 years of primary sources related to the arts in Victorian times. Includes, playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores
  • Eighteenth Century Drama: censorship, society and the stage – an archive of almost every play submitted for licence between 1737 and 1824, and hundreds of documents that provide social context for the plays, featuring: John Larpent collection from the Huntington Library
  • Pravda Digital Archive (1912-2018) – a digital archive of Pravda the official newspaper of Soviet communism
  • Oxford Bibliographies (Classics) – combining features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, these research guides direct researchers to the best available scholarship in Classics
  • Wiley ebooks (Classical Studies) – provides full text access to 160+ of the significant texts dealing with the classical world and all aspects of classical studies
  • Edmond Huguet, Dictionnaire de la langue française du 16e siècle – the essential reference for the language of the Renaissance.  The dictionary’s nomenclature (more than 100 000 entries) offers almost all the words of the Renaissance language
  • Portail Calvin et Genève 16 – this portal presents all the texts by or about John Calvin which have been published by the Librairie Droz from 1960 to the present, with an initial focus on Geneva, Calvin, and the beginnings of the French evangelical movement with Lefèvre d’Etaples and Marguerite de Navarre
  • Drama Online (Nick Hern Books) – provides access to the plays, screenplays and theatre books one of the UK’s leading specialist performing arts publishers

1) A budget surplus became available in 2018/2019 due to a change in the VAT rate applicable to e-books and e-journals (reduced from 23% (standard rate) to 9% (2nd reduced rate), effective 1st January 2019).

2) A prioritised wish list was established of online archival resources with one-off costs, reflecting School priorities. The prioritised wish list was used to inform purchase decisions.

3) Subject Librarians provided input in the development of the wish list based on their knowledge of Schools’ requirements – direct engagement with Schools and Faculties was not possible due the limited time available to make purchase decisions

4) Many of the items on this list are focused on disciples in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, reflecting the fact that these collections of historical/archival materials tend to be sold on a ‘once off’ basis.

In order to ensure transparency around the decision-making process for acquiring new electronic resources, the Library is committed in 2019/2020 to establishing in consultation with Schools:

  • A mechanism for assigning any available surplus budget in 2019/2020 and beyond towards the purchase of online archival resources with one-off costs
  • A mechanism for establishing annual subscriptions to electronic resource


Open Day Library Tours – Saturday 23 November

As part of Open Day the Library would be delighted if you could join us for a short tour of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries. Students and their families are all very welcome. Teachers too! Please meet us in the foyer of the Berkeley Library.

Tours will run every 15 minutes from 10:15 to 13:00 and will last about 10 minutes. They will be led by Trinity students so it’s a chance to talk to them about life at Trinity and they might even show you their favourite spot to study in the Library!
We look forward to seeing you.

Library Study Space Campaign

To address the issue of ‘desk-hogging’ (i.e., the practice of leaving books and personal belongings unattended for long periods of time at Library study spaces, thus preventing others from using those spaces), the Library is launching a Study Space Campaign on Wednesday 20 November 2019 in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, John Stearne and Hamilton Libraries. A dedicated study space team, wearing blue t-shirts, will patrol Library reading rooms to free up study spaces that have been unoccupied for more than 60 minutes.

The team will operate using the following procedure:

  • Leaflets will be left at study spaces observed to be unattended. The leaflets will indicate the time at which the study space was observed to be unoccupied and the time at which it will be cleared should the reader fail to return within the allotted 60 minute period
  • Any books and belongings left at the study space will be cleared to a box and moved to a designated storage area on the same floor. This includes laptops and other portable devices, so readers are strongly advised to back-up all work regularly!
  • The information on each leaflet will also be recorded on separate clipboard sheets to ensure transparency

**please note that the above procedure does not apply to officially reserved carrels**

The Library Study Space Campaign relies on the cooperation of all readers. We ask that you support the study space team to ensure a level playing field for those who come to the Library to study and prepare for exams. You can assist us by not leaving laptops, phones, USB drives or any other valuables unattended for any length of time, and by sticking to the 60 minute rule.

The Library shall not be held responsible for damaged or stolen belongings.

For further information about the Library’s seating policy, please see our Library Regulations page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:

EPB Reading Room – Temporary Move to the Map Library from 4 November

As part of overall conservation and preservation plans for the Old Library, the display area for the Book of Kells is undergoing necessary works which will require the removal of the manuscript from November 4th until March, 2020.

Regrettably during this period we anticipate some disruption to the Early Printed Books Reading Room, due to noise caused by ongoing works. Readers will be accommodated in the Map Library, in the basement of the Ussher Library, from the afternoon of Monday November 4th for at least two weeks. We will keep you updated on the Library news page, the Early Printed Books opening hours webpage and the Research Collections twitter account.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disruption caused.

History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450-1800: Trinity’s Free Online Course

Following on from Trinity College Dublin’s highly successful FutureLearn course on the ‘Book of Kells’, this course on the ‘History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450-1800’ aims to share the rich resources of the Long Room of Trinity College Dublin and the Edward Worth Library, Dublin, with learners interested in the history of the book. Many of these resources have been newly digitized for this course and uncover this fascinating time of innovation and social change.

Now members of the public around the world can explore how books were made, bought, sold, and read, in a four-week online course. The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450-1800 course starts on November 18th, 2019, and is run in partnership with FutureLearn, the social learning platform. The free online course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the history of the printed book, the early modern book trade, the history of reading, the history of bookbinding, and the interaction between print and social change in early modern Europe.

Librarian of the Edward Worth Library Elizabethanne Boran, and one of the course designers commented: “This MOOC course is our way of sharing our wonderful collections with as many people as possible. Trinity College Dublin and the Edward Worth Library have thousands of books which bring to life the early modern period in the West. For this course we have digitized images from these books so that learners will be able to explore this fascinating period from every corner of the world.”

Learners will investigate rare treasures such as the engravings of Anthony Van Dyck, early editions of Aesop’s Fables and the bestselling Nuremberg Chronicle. Frontispieces, title pages, annotations, printers’ devices, and many more parts of the book are examined from this period. At the end of the course, learners will be able to describe how the early modern book trade operated, and understand how the invention of the printing press changed religious, scientific, medical and political views of the world.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has been designed by academics from the School of Histories and Humanities, the School of English, and the Librarian of the Edward Worth Library, Dublin, with assistance from the staff of the Library of Trinity College Dublin and the Edward Worth Library, Trinity’s Digital Collections and Trinity Online Services CLG.