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Admissions: External Readers

Undergraduates from Other Universities; Staff and Postgraduates from Non-ALCID Institutions; Other Applicants; Manuscripts and Maps

Undergraduates from Other Universities

Term-Time Access

Undergraduates are normally not admitted to the Library unless a particular item is only available at the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

Applicants should apply via e-mail to libadms@tcd.ie. Please attach a letter of introduction from your home university library specifically stating details of the material to be consulted.

When you visit the Library in person, please bring:

  • The letter of introduction from your home university library specifically stating details of the material to be consulted
  • Your current university ID card

Admission may be refused during exam periods and other times of particular pressure on the Library's resources. Note: Students from Irish private colleges will only be admitted on Saturdays.

Out-of-Term Access

Undergraduates are normally not admitted to the Library unless a particular item is only available at the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

Applicants should apply via e-mail to libadms@tcd.ie. Please attach a letter of introduction from your home university library specifically stating details of the material to be consulted.

When you visit the Library in person, please bring:

  • The letter of introduction from your home university library specifically stating details of the material to be consulted
  • Your current university ID card

Staff and Postgraduates from Other Universities

Applicants should apply via e-mail to libadms@tcd.ie. Please attach a letter of introduction signed by your Head of Department/Research Supervisor.

When you visit the Library in person, please bring:

  • The letter of introduction from your Head of Department/Research Supervisor
  • Your current university ID card

Other Applicants

All other applicants must demonstrate they are unable to obtain the material needed for their research elsewhere. During busy periods access restrictions apply. Admissions may be confined to Saturdays only.

Applicants should apply via e-mail to libadms@tcd.ie.

Special Arrangements for Manuscripts and Maps

Access to special collections for external readers will normally only be permitted by prior arrangement. Contact Library staff in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library or Glucksman Map Library directly.