Trinity College Library Wins Inaugural Excellence Award for Music Collections

Posted on: 19 April 2010

Trinity College’s music library was presented with an Excellence Award by the International Association of Music Libraries recently.   The music library in TCD was recognised as the most extensive collection of research materials in Ireland and includes open access libraries and collections of works by 20th century Irish composers as well as 16th century items and Irish folk music.

TCD was one of two Irish libraries who received the inaugural Excellence Award along with Cork City Library’s Rory Gallagher Music Library.  Speaking about the award, TCD’s Music Librarian Roy Stanley said: “Trinity College Library was honoured to receive this prestigious award as it recognises and promotes our leading role in supporting musical study, research and performance in Ireland.”

The new Excellence Award aims to acknowledge outstanding music services to the library’s community, to highlight and celebrate activity in music libraries, and to promote good work and good practice which has the potential to be adopted and adapted by others.  The Award is presented every two years and is open to all music libraries in both Ireland and the UK.  This year’s nominations were assessed by a panel of experts chaired by musicologist, Professor John Tyrrell, and the 12 winners received their awards at a special ceremony in the UK.

Speaking about TCD’s collection, the judging panel commented: “We were especially impressed by the breadth and depth of the collections and the Librarian’s energy in spearheading such an extensive programme of cooperation and partnership work with other institutions in Ireland.”  Further information about the Trinity College Library.