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Book of Kells Now Free to View Online

MS58_fol_27vThe Library of Trinity College Dublin would like to announce that the Book of Kells in its entirety is now viewable in the Library’s new Digital Collections online repository, provided by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services.

Direct link to the Book of Kells online.

The Book of Kells transparencies, originally captured by Faksimile Verlag, Lucerne, Switzerland in 1990, have recently been rescanned using state of the art imaging technology. These new digital images offer the most accurate high resolution images to date, providing an experience second only to viewing the book in person.

In addition, we would like to direct you to the new iPad app of the Book of Kells, with added functionality and commentary.

Have you seen the new volume on the Book of Kells by Trinity’s Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts, Dr Bernard Meehan? It’s been receiving fantastic reviews. Available at all good bookshops or directly from the Library Shop.

Government Announces National Open Access Policy

Ireland’s National Principles for Open Access – announced by Minister Sean Sherlock at noon today! A national statement on Open Access policy for all publicly-funded research in Ireland has been agreed by all Irish research funding councils and research institutes. Appropriately the announcement is being made during International Open Access Week. The full text of the National Statement, along with a list of supporting organisations, is available here. Trinity College Dublin, a supporter of the policy, already has a compliant Open Access publications policy.

We Are 300…

On 23 May 1712 the foundation stone of the Old Library was laid. To mark our Tercentenary, Library staff gathered together for a celebratory photograph.Trinity College Library Staff, Tercentenary Celebration, 23 May 2012

Trinity students from DU Players promenaded amongst visitors playing famous alumni and other people connected to Trinity College Dublin. You can see a gallery of this and other events marking our 300th anniversary at our Tercentenary Gallery page.

New Collaborative Storage Facility in Bid to Conserve Ireland’s Library Collections

The university libraries of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland today (19 August 2011) announced plans to jointly develop a shared facility to accommodate the urgent storage needs of their collections, as well as the longer-term needs of Irish research libraries in general.

The new facility would accommodate vast collections of books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings, early printed books and other valuable materials of historical and cultural value which are currently at risk due to inadequate or inappropriate storage space.

“Storage space for our collections has reached crisis point in the country’s major research libraries, TCD and UCD, and in the National Library of Ireland,” explained UCD Librarian John Howard, speaking at today’s announcement. Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library, added: “The National Library of Ireland’s National Collection is at imminent risk of damage and destruction due to unsuitable conditions in storage areas in the Library’s Kildare Street and Temple Bar sites.”

“Trinity College Library’s current Book Repository contains over two million books and has been at full capacity for some time. Its environmental controls fall well below those required to preserve such collections of material, which are deteriorating rapidly,” noted Robin Adams, Trinity College Dublin Librarian and College Archivist.

The libraries are also pleased to announce financial support for their planning effort from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a private philanthropy based in New York. The award (US $50,000) has been made to UCD to support the efforts of the three libraries. “We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s recognition of our commitment to preserve the nation’s knowledge resources and documentary cultural heritage materials,” stated John Howard. Fiona Ross said: “This support for planning to sustain our resources is a signal that our plans, while they serve national concerns, have both international interest and impact.”

Taken from the TCD Communications Office.

Book of Kells Exhibition Receives €2.7million funding

Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring announced an allocation of €2.7 million in funding for the exhibition of the Book of Kells, in order to improve public access to the precious manuscript and the overall visitor experience. The funding was part of an allocation of €6 million to tourism projects in Ireland.

The Ministers announced the funding in the Old Library, Trinity College.  Minister Varadkar said the funding highlights the Government’s commitment to improving the quality of Irish tourist attractions so that Ireland can compete with the wide array of choice tourists are offered internationally.  Such investment will help to sustain and create jobs in the tourism sector and get Ireland back to growth.  The funding, from Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Capital Investment Programme, has been allocated to four projects across the country.

Welcoming news of the funding, Trinity College Librarian, Robin Adams said: “I am delighted that the generous grant from the Failte Ireland Tourism Capital Investment Programme will enable us to provide greatly enhanced access and understanding for the many visitors to the Book of Kells and the Library’s other great treasures, and to ensure that the iconic Old Library can be shared with the public as well as functioning as one of the world’s great research libraries.”

Other tourism projects which received funding were Garnish Island – €2.4 million; Killarney Downhill Mountain Bike Trail – €430,353; and Lough Rynn Infrastructure – €212,250.

The Library Welcomes the UK Government’s Response to the Recent Public Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit

The UK Legal Deposit Libraries (including Trinity College Library Dublin) have welcomed the UK Government’s response to the public consultation on the ‘draft regulations and guidance for non-print legal deposit’ and its commitment to deliver regulations for non-print content.

In particular, the UK Legal Deposit Libraries welcome the UK Government’s move to regulate on:

–          The deposit of works on CD-ROM and other offline media;

–          The harvesting of online content, which will allow a great deal of material and most UK websites to be archived and thus avoid a digital black hole; and

–          Agreements with publishers for depositing the published digital equivalent of printed works in place of depositing the printed version. This, in the long term, will enable the Legal Deposit Libraries and the publishing sector to reduce costs.

The Legal Deposit Libraries will support the UK Government and work with the publishing industry to achieve these aims as well as provide any additional information required to ensure the success of these regulations.

In addition, the Libraries will work with the publishing industry to resolve any technical concerns and identify the true costs and public benefit of regulating on other methods of delivery. It is hoped that it will be possible to extend the regulations to cover such methods within a few years.


  • The Legal Deposit Libraries are:

The British Library, The National Library of Scotland, The National Library of Wales, Bodleian Library Oxford, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Dublin.

Robin Adams, Librarian and College Archivist

7 April 2011