About Greg Sheaf

Greg is a Subject Librarian at Trinity College Library Dublin, as well as looking after its website and social network streams.

Extended Library Opening Hours, 7th April – 22nd May 2015

From Tuesday 7th April to Friday 22nd May 2015 the Library will offer extended opening hours. See our Opening Hours page for more detailed information.

Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher Libraries

Monday – Friday: 08:00* – 22:00 (*Access between 8-9am is via the Berkeley Library entrance)

Saturday: 09:30 – 19:00

Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: 11:00 – 19:00

Hamilton Library

Monday – Friday: 08:30 – 22:00

Saturday: 09:30 – 19:00

Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: 11:00 – 19:00

John Stearne Medical Library

Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 22:00

Saturday: 09:30 – 13:00

Sunday: Closed

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: Closed


What Do We Lose When We Lose a Library? The Future Challenges of Libraries. Leuven, Sept 2015: Registration & Programme Now Live

What do we lose when we lose a library. 9-11 September 2015 KU Leaven, BelgiumThe programme for the conference  What do we lose when we lose a Library? in Leuven this September is now online, and early bird registration until 15th May is open.

Trinity College Library Dublin will be represented by Jane Maxwell, who will deliver the paper There’s more than one way to lose a library: Archival Collection Development and the History of Women.

To commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library in 1914, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the British Council Brussels and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) are organising a three-day international conference in Leuven on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library. It will run from 9-11 September.

Trinity College Library Dublin is a partner on the international team of library experts supporting this important conference.

The fragility of libraries in their material and digital dimension remains, 100 years after the fire, one of the greatest challenges for the transmission of human knowledge. The two conference themes Library & Heritage and Library & Digital Challenge will shed light on the vision and approach of the past and on the future of libraries. Scholars in the field of history, library science, information science, digital humanities, cultural and conservation disciplines are invited to submit an abstract. The aim is to raise worldwide public consciousness of the important task of sharing collective and cultural memory, and to raise awareness of the challenges libraries face in performing this task.

The Library and Researchers, Working Together

Subject Librarians are often heavily involved with researchers in their associated subjects. For example, our own Jessica Eustace-Cook, Subject Librarian for Nursing and Midwifery, has joined a team of researchers led by Dr Honor Nicholl which has been successful in obtaining funding from the Irish Research Council for a project related to parent to parent Internet support.

The study builds on previous Trinity College Dublin/Saoirse Foundation research that focused on web information for families of children – informing the development of the first Irish website for parents of children with rare diseases.

This current study aims to further explore parents’ requirements for parent to parent support in a specifically designed website. Data collection will involve focus groups. Enquires about the study can be directed to nichollh@tcd.ie.

Images from “Library as Illuminary” & “The Lamps Have Gone Out”

During the first half of Trinity Week, images from the Library’s historic collections were projected around College, visible from 8:30 – 10:30pm, and we think definitely worth staying out for!

In recognising the role of the Library in illuminating the research mission of the College, the wall above the Berkeley entrance and the Nassau street gate became beacons of light with two stunning displays of images from our collection. The majestic images were matched by the mastery of the light engineer who made them come alive for us.

We also acknowledged the centenary of the First World War with a light installation inspired by the phrase ‘The lamps have gone out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’. The East face of the 1937 Reading Room was transformed with a projection of the names and portraits of the Trinity engineers and medics who fell in battle. Just before sundown at 7:30 the choir sang songs inspired by Light  from the stairs of Trinity Long Room Hub, as an introduction to our memorial piece.

Finally, from the East window of the Trinity Long Room Hub a Harry Clarke stained glass design from our collection glowed with a burst of light radiating from behind three roses.

Trinity Ball 2015 – Library Arrangements

Due to the Trinity Ball, all Library buildings on the main College campus will close early on Friday 17th April 2015.

  • Berkeley/Ussher/Lecky (BLU) Libraries and the Hamilton Library will close at 5pm, Friday 17th April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 18th April.
  • Kinsella Hall, Ussher Library will close at 5pm, Friday 17th April – the 1st floor and the computer room will reopen at 8:30am Saturday 18th April.
  • The 1937 Reading Room will close at 4:30pm, Friday 17th April and reopen at 8:30am, Saturday 18th April.

The John Stearne Medical Library is unaffected as it lies off campus, and will close at 10pm Friday 17th April and reopen at 9:30am Saturday 18th April.

The Ussher Library – Officially 12 Years Old Today

Ussher Library official opening 2003. (Left to Right: Robin Adams, Librarian, Provost John Hegarty, President McAleese.)

Ussher Library official opening, 11 April 2003 (Left to Right: Robin Adams, Librarian, Provost John Hegarty, President McAleese.)

The James Ussher Library was officially opened on this day in 2003 by President Mary McAleese, but had in reality been open to readers from May 2002, after about 300,000 books had been transferred. Construction had begun in 1999.

Immediately very popular with students and staff, it was noticeable that in the early weeks, readers used the lower floors and only explored the upper floors after the building had been open for a while.

Not everyone knows that there is a time-capsule buried in the foundations. Among the items included are: a mobile phone handset (taken from the lost property – too late to claim it back now!), a Long Room Guard’s tie, and a Book of Kells pencil sharpener. The full list is online.

Ussher Library construction, September 2000

“This all used to be fields” – middle of construction work, September 2000.

Aerial photo at the start of the project

Aerial photo at the start of the project

Trevor Peare, Keeper of Readers’ Services (and New Library Project Officer 2000-03)