A Book of Kells Costume!

Fancy something a little different for Halloween?

We occasionally come across iconic images and buildings associated with the Library using in novel and interesting ways, such as the recreation of the Old Library on a wall in Poland, or a library eerily reminiscent of the Long Room appearing in Star Wars.

Add to that this costume inspired by the Book of Kells. The creator used our online repository of the Book to create a skirt and temporary tattoos. She clearly has a great love for the manuscript and took pains to treat it with respect – even though medieval copyists themselves might not be so scrupulous. It’s certainly not something you’ll see every day – great work Amanda!

Discover Research Dublin 2014

The Library is delighted to be a part of Discover Research Dublin Night 2014, this Friday 26th September 2014.

The Preservation & Conservation Department at Trinity College Library Dublin will host an open evening, providing an opportunity for visitors to come into the Glucksman Conservation Laboratory and meet staff and learn about the research, processes, and skills employed in the care of our collections. A cross-section of fascinating items from the Library’s rich and varied collections will be out on the benches, with conservators on hand to discuss treatment plans, conservation training, and research.

The event will take place between 4:00pm and 7:00pm, in the Glucksman Conservation Laboratory, Ussher Library.

Visits will commence at the entrance to the Berkeley Library at 4:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:00pm.

Visitors can also join the Library team in the Long Room Hub to explore our treasures online. Digital Collections is an online library, providing free access via the Internet to the Library’s historic collections. For the very first time access to the unique and historic collections of the Library does not require a trip to the Long Room, only an Internet connection and a click of the mouse. On Discover Research Dublin Night visitors can explore online such treasures as 18th-century caricatures, 17th-century maps, manuscripts and photographic collections of the playwright J.M Synge, as well as designs and drawings from the archives of the Harry Clarke Stained Glass Studio. Members of the team will be on hand to talk about the digitisation process and how the resource has been designed and programmed.

Until 9:30pm, the the Old Library and Book of Kells Exhibition will be open, to allow visitors to view the famous Book of Kells, perhaps the most well-known 9th-century manuscript in the world. Also on view is the Emperor of the Irish: Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf 1014 exhibition in the Long Room. No booking is necessary but a limited amount of visitors are allowed in during this time. Trinity College staff and students, on production of their current ID, can avail of free admission to the Old Library and the Book of Kells exhibition – and can bring in up to 3 guests; for other visitors, standard charges apply: Adults €10.00, students/OAPs €8.00, Family ticket €20.00.

For the full programme of events please visit the Discover Research Dublin website.

Reminder: BLU Open Sunday, Closed Monday, 24-Hr Spaces Open

shamrock-imageWishing all our readers a wonderful St Patrick’s Weekend. We might see if we have something suitable to post on the day itself!

In response to queries: yes, the BLU *is* open on Sunday, unstaffed as with last week, between 11:00 and 17:00. The academic libraries are closed on Monday, bar the 24-hour areas. As previously posted though, the Book of Kells is free and open for business on St Patrick’s Day.

Our full listing of hours for the academic libraries is on our Opening Hours page.

St Patricks Day, Free Long Room Entry and the Book of Kells Online

As part of the general celebration of St Patrick’s Day at Trinity, we would like to remind you that the Book of Kells in its entirety is now viewable in high-resolution in the Library’s new Digital Collections Repository, provided by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services unit. This Library resource is free and available anywhere with an Internet connection. Direct link to the Book of Kells online.

For those in Dublin this weekend, entry to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition is free to all this Monday, in honour of our national saint’s day, together with a 10% discount on purchases made in the Library Shop.

If you are not lucky enough to make it to Ireland you can still go online to explore the beautiful artwork in this 8th century medieval masterpiece as well as all the other wonderful Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in the Digital Collections Repository.

The Book of Kells Exhibition is a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th-century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells – a 9th-century manuscript containing the four Gospels in Latin and is famous throughout the world. Its celebrity derives largely from the impact of its lavish decoration, the extent and artistry of which is incomparable. Abstract decoration and images of plant, animal and human ornament punctuates the text with the aim of glorifying Jesus’ life and message, and keeping his attributes and symbols constantly in the eye of the reader. Please click on Opening Hours and Plan Your Visit for more information.

The Book of Kells transparencies, originally captured by Faksimile Verlag, Lucerne, Switzerland in 1990, have recently been rescanned using state of the art imaging technology. These new digital images offer the most accurate high-resolution images to date, providing an experience second only to viewing the book in person.

Early Closure of Old Library Today – Thursday 13/03/14

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret the majority of the Old Library building, including the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, the Book of Kells Exhibition, the Long Room, and the Library Shop, will close at 14:00 today. Early Printed Books will, however, be open but access to the collections is restricted, resulting in no stack service from the Long Room and Colonnades. However, the reading room remains open to readers wishing to consult material on-hold until 17:00.

We apologise for the late notice and any inconvenience caused.

Free Entry to All Tonight – The Book of Kells and Old Library

The Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition will be open free of charge from 17:00 to 22:00 on Culture Night, 20 September 2013. View the Book of Kells Exhibition along with the current Long Room Exhibition, Preservation & Conservation: What’s That?

From 18:00 to 20:00, Dolsé – a trio of lady harpists – will play in the Long Room with Aideen McBride (a member of Storytellers of Ireland) telling tales around the harp. No booking is required but numbers into the Old Library building will be strictly limited.

Book of Kells Now Free to View Online

MS58_fol_27vAs part of the general celebration of St Patrick’s Day at Trinity, we would like to announce that the Book of Kells in its entirety is now viewable in the Library’s new Digital Collections online repository, provided by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services.

Direct link to the Book of Kells online

The Book of Kells transparencies, originally captured by Faksimile Verlag, Lucerne, Switzerland in 1990, have recently been rescanned using state of the art imaging technology. These new digital images offer the most accurate high resolution images to date, providing an experience second only to viewing the book in person.

In addition, we would like to direct you to the new iPad app of the Book of Kells, with added functionality and commentary.

For those in Dublin this weekend, entry to the Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition is free to all this Sunday 17th, in honour of our national saint’s day.

Have you seen the new volume on the Book of Kells by Trinity’s Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts, Dr Bernard Meehan? It’s been receiving fantastic reviews. Available at all good bookshops or directly from the Library Shop.