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Details on admission requirements, opening hours, borrowing rights, and access to the Library’s catalogues and databases can be found at the Library website.

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Friends of the Library Lecture & Organ Recital 24/04/14

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next event, Andrew Johnstone’s lecture/recital in the College Chapel on Thursday 24th April at 7.30pm, entitled: ‘At the Organ in the College Chapel: Trinity Music Professors in Performance, 1861-1934′.

In connection with the recent Long Room exhibition In Tune, Andrew Johnstone, organist and TCD lecturer, will speak about – and play – organ music composed by some of the past music professors at Trinity. The programme will include an introductory talk and recital.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, 24th April

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: College Chapel, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin

Admission €5.00 (concessions €2.50). No booking required and all welcome. Enquiries: Tel. 01 8961544.

All Libraries Closed Easter Weekend, Extended Opening Starts Tuesday

easter-bunny_1152x864_77790A reminder that as noted on our Opening Hours page *all* Library buildings will be closed for the Easter period, from this evening (at 22:00) until Tuesday morning. The exceptions are the two study areas – the 24-Hour Study Area of the Ussher, and the 1937 Reading Room for postgraduates, which *will* be open all over the Easter weekend.

Have a great Easter and see you on Tuesday, when our extended opening for exams starts.

BLU and Hamilton Libraries, Extended Opening Hours, 22 April – 23 May

From Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 23rd May the Library will offer extended opening hours in the BLU and Hamilton Libraries as follows:
Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 22:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 19:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00
Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May: 11:00 – 19:00

Full opening hours information is available at our Opening Hours page.

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

Greg Sheaf:

From our sister blog “Manuscripts at Trinity”…

Originally posted on Manuscripts at Trinity:

Brian Boru Long Room TCD 9.4.14

Last night a packed Long Room played host to the launch of the Library’s latest exhibition Emperor of the Irish: Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf 1014.


Medieval Ireland was a land of many kings, but only one was ever acclaimed as emperor: Brian Boru. Brian’s place in popular affection as Ireland’s greatest king is intimately connected with his death at the Battle of Clontarf, on Good Friday 1014. His pyrrhic victory over a large Viking-Leinster alliance on that day has been subject to interpretation, reinterpretation, representation and misrepresentation, almost since echoes of the last sword blow faded.

The new exhibition places the historic Brian in his true context, while highlighting the development of his legend. Between April and October this year, visitors to Trinity College Library’s Long Room can explore Brian’s life, and afterlife, through a collection of exhibits, which date from his own era up to the…

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Campus Library Buildings Closed This Friday Evening, 04/04/14

Closed SignDue to the Trinity Ball, all Library buildings on the main campus will close early on Friday 4th April. The Berkeley/Ussher/Lecky (BLU) Library, which includes the 24-hour reading room, and the Hamilton Library will close at 5pm, Friday 4th April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 5th April. The 1937 Reading Room will close at 4:30pm, Friday 4th April and reopen at 8:30am, Saturday 5th April.

Entrance to College itself is limited to staff and students after 2pm on Friday.

The John Stearne Medical Library is unaffected as it lies off campus, and will close at 8pm Friday 4th April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 5th April.

Imagine Nations Through Stories – International Children’s Book Day, 02/04/14

ICBD Poster 2014To celebrate International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) works by Hans Christian Andersen are being displayed in the Berkeley Library Foyer and Orientation Space for Library visitors to enjoy.

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday on 2nd April, ICBD is celebrated to inspire a love of books, and promote the right of every child to become a reader. It is celebrated in over 76 countries across the world.

The motto for this year’s celebration is “Imagine Nations Through Story”, with a poster designed by Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey, and a message to the children of the world by former Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson, both of which can be found at www.ibby.org.

ICBD is hosted by a different national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) each year, a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together. This year it is the honour of IBBY Ireland to lead the celebrations.

A new children’s book review website will be launched by IBBY Ireland on 2nd April to celebrate ICBD.

Read about more ideas for celebrating ICBD 2014 on their blog.