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Supporting Preservation and Conservation

The Preservation and Conservation Department has been supported by a number of benefactions, gifts, donations and grants over the years. These have provided the Department with its world-class facilities, and have enabled it to make significant inroads into the care of the collection. The Department and its staff welcome and greatly appreciate the support given to it.

Donations may be made online on the Online Payment page, which contribute towards the preservation and conservation of one of the great library collections of the world.

The Department gratefully acknowledges the following:

  • A trust fund to support the work of the Conservation Laboratory provided by Rollin H. McCarthy in 1987
  • The Sir Thomas Deane Memorial Fund to support work of the department and in particular the treatment of the Long Room collections provide by Disque D. Deane in 1987
  • In 2003 the Preservation and Conservation Department moved to a purpose-built laboratory provided through the support of Lorretta and Lou Glucksman
  • A grant for the purchase of equipment for the new laboratory was provided by the Getty Grants Program in 2002
  • The Vincent Kinane Bequest provided funding for a three-year named position - The Vincent Kinane Conservator of Early Printed Books. The funding was expended during the years 2003-2006
  • The Friends of the Library have shown continued support through the decades by providing grants for selected equipment
  • In 2005 Trinity College Association and Trust gave a challenge grant of €250,000 towards Save the Treasures of the Long Room and the Trinity Annual Fund took up a fundraising campaign to raise the estimated €2,000,000 required to clean the collection in the Long Room. By August 2007 the Department had received over €375,000 from the Alumni
  • In 2007 Mark Pigott funded the purchase of a Raman spectroscope for the Conservation Science and Research Unit in the Department