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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.

Best of Luck to All Taking Exams

four-leaf-clover-19776_1280Unfortunately we don’t have a four leaf clover for everyone but we would like to wish every student commencing or continuing exams the very best of luck over the next few weeks. The Library team wishes you every success in your examinations.

‘Changed Utterly – Ireland and the Easter Rising’, Project Launch, 24 April 2015

1916 Easter Rising Project Launch
Pictured at the Project Launch L to R:
Shane Mawe, Assistant Librarian; Helen Shenton, Librarian & College Archivist; Estelle Gittins, Assistant Librarian

‘Changed Utterly – Ireland and the Easter Rising’ is a weekly series of 52 blog posts which focuses on the Easter Rising and its impact on Ireland.

The project will draw on the rich and diverse collections of 1916 material held in the Research Collections departments of Trinity College Library including diary extracts, letters, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, and even pieces of clothing. The Research Collections departments comprise of the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library (M&ARL), the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections, the Glucksman Map Library and the Music Library.

Launched on Friday 24 April 2015, the aim is to showcase the breadth of our collections related to 1916 and this period of unrest in Ireland’s history. It is hoped that the project will act as a catalyst for research and engage the public ahead of the centenary anniversary in April 2016.

Blog posts are written by the staff in the aforementioned Library departments, and occasionally by Trinity College academics and other experts in the period.

Click here to view the blog.
Follow the project on Twitter: @TCDLib1916

Podcast & Slides from “Meeting the Challenges of Preserving the UK Web” Lecture

Trinity College Library Dublin hosted a public lecture entitled Meeting the Challenges of Preserving the UK Web on Wednesday, 6th of May at 1:15pm in the Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.


The talk was delivered by Helen Hockx-Yu, Head of Web Archiving, British Library.
The British Library has taken on the challenge of collecting and providing continued access to UK’s digital heritage. An important element of this is the World Wide Web, fast evolving since its advent in 1980, and fundamentally changing the way we live, work and communicate. The British Library started a programme of work in 2003, to build from scratch the capacity to eventually preserve the entire UK web domain. The UK Legal Deposit Libraries, including Trinity College Library Dublin, are now on the front line of the most ambitious expansion of heritage responsibilities in more than 300 years. This is required and enabled by the UK Non-Print Legal Deposit regulations which came into force in April 2013, charging us with capturing, among a wide range of digital publications, the content of every site carrying the .uk suffix (and more), preserving the material and making it accessible in the Legal Deposit Libraries’ reading rooms.
This talk provided an overview of the key curatorial, legal and technical challenges related to archiving the UK web, and the approaches the British Library has taken to meet these challenges. It covered interaction and engagement with researchers, using the Big UK Domain Data for Arts and Humanities ( as an example, and summarised the learning, including some research outputs and how scholarly interaction changed the way the British Library collects websites, and stores and makes available web archives.
Helen Hockx-Yu is Head of Web Archiving at the British Library (BL). She has led the BL’s web archiving activities since 2008, building the Library’s capability for archiving the UK web at scale and implementing legal deposit of over 4 million UK websites since April 2013. She has published and spoken extensively about web archiving, addressing national and international audiences at various academic and professional conferences. Previously, Helen was Project Manager of the Planets project, a four-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Programme to address core digital preservation challenges. Before joining the British Library, she worked as a Programme Manager at the UK Joint Information Systems Committee, overseeing JISC’s research and development activities in the area of digital preservation.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Time: 13.15 (approximately 1 hour)
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Neill Lecture Theatre.

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


What Do We Lose When We Lose a Library? The Future Challenges of Libraries. Leuven, Sept 2015: Registration & Programme Now Live

What do we lose when we lose a library. 9-11 September 2015 KU Leaven, BelgiumThe programme for the conference  What do we lose when we lose a Library? in Leuven this September is now online, and early bird registration until 15th May is open.

Trinity College Library Dublin will be represented by Jane Maxwell, who will deliver the paper There’s more than one way to lose a library: Archival Collection Development and the History of Women.

To commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library in 1914, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the British Council Brussels and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) are organising a three-day international conference in Leuven on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library. It will run from 9-11 September.

Trinity College Library Dublin is a partner on the international team of library experts supporting this important conference.

The fragility of libraries in their material and digital dimension remains, 100 years after the fire, one of the greatest challenges for the transmission of human knowledge. The two conference themes Library & Heritage and Library & Digital Challenge will shed light on the vision and approach of the past and on the future of libraries. Scholars in the field of history, library science, information science, digital humanities, cultural and conservation disciplines are invited to submit an abstract. The aim is to raise worldwide public consciousness of the important task of sharing collective and cultural memory, and to raise awareness of the challenges libraries face in performing this task.

The Library and Researchers, Working Together

Subject Librarians are often heavily involved with researchers in their associated subjects. For example, our own Jessica Eustace-Cook, Subject Librarian for Nursing and Midwifery, has joined a team of researchers led by Dr Honor Nicholl which has been successful in obtaining funding from the Irish Research Council for a project related to parent to parent Internet support.

The study builds on previous Trinity College Dublin/Saoirse Foundation research that focused on web information for families of children – informing the development of the first Irish website for parents of children with rare diseases.

This current study aims to further explore parents’ requirements for parent to parent support in a specifically designed website. Data collection will involve focus groups. Enquires about the study can be directed to

Images from “Library as Illuminary” & “The Lamps Have Gone Out”

During the first half of Trinity Week, images from the Library’s historic collections were projected around College, visible from 8:30 – 10:30pm, and we think definitely worth staying out for!

We acknowledged the centenary of the First World War with a light installation inspired by the phrase ‘The lamps have gone out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’. The East face of the 1937 Reading Room was transformed with a projection of the names and portraits of the Trinity engineers and medics who fell in battle. Just before sundown at 7:30 the choir sang songs inspired by Light from the stairs of Trinity Long Room Hub, as an introduction to our memorial piece.

In recognising the role of the Library in illuminating the research mission of the College, the wall above the Berkeley entrance and the Nassau street gate became beacons of light with two stunning displays of images from our collection. The majestic images were matched by the mastery of the light engineer who made them come alive for us.

Finally, from the East window of the Trinity Long Room Hub a Harry Clarke stained glass design from our collection glowed with a burst of light radiating from behind three roses.

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.

The Ussher Library – Officially 12 Years Old Today

Ussher Library official opening 2003. (Left to Right: Robin Adams, Librarian, Provost John Hegarty, President McAleese.)
Ussher Library official opening, 11 April 2003 (Left to Right: Robin Adams, Librarian, Provost John Hegarty, President McAleese.)

The James Ussher Library was officially opened on this day in 2003 by President Mary McAleese, but had in reality been open to readers from May 2002, after about 300,000 books had been transferred. Construction had begun in 1999.

Immediately very popular with students and staff, it was noticeable that in the early weeks, readers used the lower floors and only explored the upper floors after the building had been open for a while.

Not everyone knows that there is a time-capsule buried in the foundations. Among the items included are: a mobile phone handset (taken from the lost property – too late to claim it back now!), a Long Room Guard’s tie, and a Book of Kells pencil sharpener. The full list is online.

Ussher Library construction, September 2000
“This all used to be fields” – middle of construction work, September 2000.
Aerial photo at the start of the project
Aerial photo at the start of the project

Trevor Peare, Keeper of Readers’ Services (and New Library Project Officer 2000-03)