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Research

Precious Collections

From Egyptian papyri to contemporary Irish manuscripts and publications, Trinity College has curatorial responsibility for unique and distinct collections that span millennia and touch on all disciplines.

Widening Access

The Old Library provides consultation space for students and scholars and access to the Library's team of collections experts. Every year, over 5,000 people come to consult material in the Old Library, and many researchers go on to produce new publications based on the collections here. As demand for our services continues to increase, the Research Collections reading rooms and seminar facilities will be reimagined to meet our commitment to the highest level of service. This includes an urgent need to improve access and achieve modern environmental and amenity requirements.

A New Research Collections Study Centre

A new Research Collections Study Centre will provide national and international scholars with a secure and accessible environment to intimately study the unique and distinct collections. Located in the beautifully colonnaded ground floor, the Study Centre will overlook Library Square, one of the original historic courtyards at Trinity College. It will be a visible testament to the University's commitment to research, innovation, and widening access to its collections.