Welcome to the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s Alerts Page


This blog and RSS feed is used to send out alerts to members of Trinity College Dublin and those wishing to visit the Library.

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

Visitors wishing to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room may visit the Book of Kells website.

Library Opening Hours, August Bank Holiday Weekend 2015

Closed SignThe Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher and John Stearne Medical Libraries will be closed Saturday 1 August to Monday 3 August 2015 inclusive.

College members can access the Hamilton Library, 2nd floor, Hamilton Building between 13:00-19:00 on Saturday 1 August 2015. The Hamilton Library will be closed Sunday 2 August and Monday 3 August 2015. Postgraduate students can access the 1937 Reading Room as usual throughout the weekend.

All Library reading rooms reopen on Tuesday 4 August 2015. For further information please consult our Opening Hours webpage.

Official Publications Collections Project, 1st Floor, Berkeley Library

To facilitate collection-related work the Official Publications Collections on the 1st floor, Berkeley Library will be closed to readers from Tuesday 28 July 2015. Readers wishing to access material from this area should seek assistance from Library staff at the Service Counter or Duty Librarian’s Desk in the Iveagh Hall, Berkeley Library.

The Library apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks you for your patience as we work to improve our collections. If you wish to comment please contact dutylib@tcd.ie.

Student Shelvers 2015/2016

The Library of Trinity College Dublin is now accepting applications for Student Shelvers for the 2015/2016 academic year. Applicants must be students of Trinity College Dublin.

Student shelvers are employed to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher and Hamilton Libraries on the main campus and the John Stearne Medical Library in the Trinity Centre, St James’s Hospital. The primary role of student shelvers is to sort, move and shelve library materials.

A full job description, selection criteria and the application form are available online. You will require your TCD network username and password to access these pages off campus.

If you are commencing studies in Trinity College Dublin in September 2015 and wish to apply please contact Kathryn Smith, Sub Librarian (Reading Room Services) to request an information and application pack.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 12 noon, Monday 31 August 2015.

If you have any queries please contact Kathryn Smith, Sub Librarian (Reading Room Services).

Library Service Updates 20 July – 3 August 2015

During the weeks of the 20 and 27 July some Library services will be reduced or curtailed to facilitate collection-related work in our stores such as shelf checking and stock moves. This background activity is necessary to ensure the smooth running of online and call slip request services during the academic term.

1. The Early Printed Books and Manuscripts & Archives Research Library reading rooms will be closed to readers. Both reading rooms reopen on Tuesday 4 August 2015.

2. The Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher and John Stearne Medical Libraries will be closed on Saturdays 25 July and 1 August. College members can access the Hamilton Library, the 24-hour computer room (Level 1, Ussher Library) and the 1937 Reading Room. The opening hours for the Hamilton Library are available on our Opening Hours page.

3. On Tuesday 21 July, due to stock taking, it will not be possible to access or collect store materials which have been requested online and are being held at counters in the reading rooms. The stock take is scheduled for 09:00 to 12:00..

4. All manual call slip requests for material held in Santry Stacks made between 20 July and 3 August will not be fulfilled until the week of the 4 August.

5. Requests for materials that have to be consulted in the Early Printed Books reading room will not be fulfilled until the week of the 4 August.

The following services are unaffected:

– online requests for materials held in Stacks, Santry and the External Store will be delivered as usual.

– call slip requests for material held in the Berkeley Stacks will be delivered as usual.

The Library apologises for any inconvenience caused. Student comments or queries can be sent to dutylib@tcd.ie.

Kinsella Hall Study Tower Works 9 July – 16 August 2015

The Library will commence the final phase of works in the Kinsella Hall Study Tower, Ussher Library on Thursday 9th July 2015. During this final phase, the study spaces on Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Ussher Library will be reconfigured and additional seating added. By the end of the works 457 study spaces, an increase of 34%, will be available for student use in the Kinsella Hall Study Tower during term.

The works will run from Thursday 9th July to Sunday 16 August 2015. During this time study spaces on Levels 1, 2 & 3, Ussher Library will be unavailable and we are unable to provide 24-hour access to study spaces in the Ussher. The print collections located on these floors will be accessible during the works. The 24-hour computer room, Level 1, Ussher Library is unaffected and can be accessed via the Ussher Podium. The 1937 Reading Room is also open as usual to postgraduates.

To accommodate undergraduate students needing access to late-night study areas, we will offer extended opening hours in the Hamilton Library from Thursday 9th July -­ Sunday 16th August (full details will be posted to our Opening Hours page).

The works have been scheduled to ensure they are completed in advance of supplemental examinations and to try and minimise disruption to our students. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience as we work to improve 24-hour study facilities in the Library. If you wish to comment please contact dutylib@tcd.ie.

The Great War Revisited – Major New Online Exhibition, Partnered with Google Cultural Institute

A slide from the new exhibition

Rare and previously unpublished material held in the Library of Trinity College Dublin relating to WW1 will be brought to a global audience thanks to an online collaboration between Trinity and Google.


Segment from Six One News, June 30th 2015. Copyright Raidió Teilifís Éireann 2015.
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The Great War Revisited exhibition was launched online on Tuesday, June 30th 2015 at the Google Cultural Institute. This exhibition features 60 exhibits of unique heritage material from Trinity’s rare books and manuscripts collections relating to the Great War, including recruiting posters, letters, diaries, photographs, videos, pamphlets and artworks.

These highlights from the Library’s rich and diverse collections of material relating to the First World War can now be easily accessed by anyone wherever they are in world, right from their computer, tablet or phone. The Great War Revisited is Trinity’s first collaboration with Google Cultural Institute, which partners with more than 800 institutions – museums, libraries, art galleries and archives – around the world. The platform hosts over 170,000 artworks and a total of 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history, to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Trinity’s celebrated collection of Irish WWI recruiting posters (one of the largest collection in existence)
  • Previously unpublished photographs of the Allied campaign in Iraq and Turkey
  • Letters and diaries from Irish soldiers serving in France, Iraq and Palestine (previously unpublished)
  • A multitude of political pamphlets, songs and ballads and artworks

Commenting on the launch of the online exhibition Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist, said: “The Library of Trinity College Dublin is delighted to be partnering with Google Cultural Institute on the Great War Revisited online exhibition. Showcasing the richness of First World War material held in the Library, the online exhibition forms part of the Library’s commitment to opening up its historic collections for global online access.”

The exhibition is part of the Library’s contribution to the Trinity College Dublin Decade of Commemoration initiative which includes lectures and conferences and a rededication of the Hall of Honour later this year.