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.

Wound with a Tear – Art Project featuring the Library

Until Saturday 23rd August, the Douglas Hyde Gallery presents Wound with a Tear, a participative piece which includes the Old Library and our collections.

Here’s more info from the Gallery’s website:

Wound with a Tear is an off-site project taking place for one week only around the Trinity College Dublin campus. Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty have devised a route around the grounds using photographs, texts, and installations to guide visitors through a strange narrative. The works playfully tease out questions about the gradual and more immediate deterioration of the archives and buildings which give Trinity College its reputation of permanence and history.

Visitors are invited to collect a map from the Douglas Hyde Gallery and embark on an investigation which will allow the opportunity to view this very familiar environment in an unusual and mysterious light.

The modest sensibility and use of small gestures is reflective of previous Gallery 3 projects organised outside of the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Further projects will also take place in Trinity College over the coming months.”

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.

Green Week 2014

??????????Trinity College Dublin Library is delighted to support College’s Green Week 2014, 17-21 February. Selected newly published material from our Environmental Science collections will be on display in the Hamilton Library and a further selection of material will be on display in the Orientation Space of the BLU. A video promoting material from our modern environmental science collection will run on our information screens in the Library buildings. Our Early Printed Books department is providing a display of early printed works in the Berkeley Library foyer. Finally, each day during Green Week, our blog will feature individual books from these selections. Our blog will also highlight a few new publications by the staff of the TCD School of Natural Sciences.