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.