Library HITS (Helpful Information for Trinity Students/Staff) Training Sessions – First Week

Students and staff are invited to join us in the Library for one or more of these information sessions. Please come along to the Berkeley Library Basement: classes will be in the North Training Room.

No booking is necessary. We look forward to meeting you and answering all your Library-related questions. For full details see our brochure.

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Discover Research Dublin – Friday 25/09/15

The Library is delighted to be a part of Discover Research Dublin Night 2015, Friday September 25th 2015.

discoverThe Preservation & Conservation Department at the Library will be open between 4-7pm providing a rare opportunity for visitors to see a cross-section of fascinating items from the Library’s rich and varied collections and to meet with the conservators to learn about conservation treatments, research and training. Continue reading

Friends of the Library Lecture on World War I 24/09/15

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their first lecture from the autumn programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or

When did the Great War end?: the time frames of World War I by Dr John Horne
19:30, Thursday 24 September 2015
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Horne recently retired as Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century France and the Great War from a comparative and transnational perspective. Dr Horne has published widely on the Great War, and edited and contributed to La guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (2010), A Companion to World War One (2010); and Our War: Ireland and the Great War (2008).

Kinsella Hall Study Tower Reopens 16:00 Monday 17 August 2015

The Library is delighted to announce that the Kinsella Hall Study Tower, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the Ussher Library, will reopen at 16:00 on Monday 17 August 2015.

The 1st floor of the Ussher Library will be available as a 24-hour reading room from 16:00 on Monday 17 August and swipe access is via the Ussher Podium for College staff and students.

The Library wishes to thank our readers for their patience during the works to improve 24-hour study facilities. The Kinsella Hall Study Tower will now provide 497 study spaces, an increased capacity of 34%.

If you wish to comment please contact

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

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).

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.

Launch of “The St Cuthbert Gospel: Studies on the Insular Manuscript of the Gospel of John”

St Cuthbert Gospel24 June saw the launch of The St Cuthbert Gospel: Studies on the Insular Manuscript of the Gospel of John edited by Dr Claire Breay, from the British Library, and our own Dr Bernard Meehan.

The St Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest intact European book and is a landmark in the cultural history of western Europe.

Want more details? See the expanded post on our Manuscripts at Trinity blog.

Trinity Contributes Highlights of Clarke Stained Glass Studio Archive to Digital Repository of Ireland

Colour design for House of Gold and Spiritual Vessel, by Terence Clarke, Board of Trinity College Dublin

Beautiful sketches, designs and photographs from the famed Clarke Stained Glass Studios held in archive in the Library of Trinity College Dublin are now freely available online as part of a major national open digital repository for Ireland’s social and cultural data. For a selection taken from the fuller range see the Library’s mini online exhibition.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), which was launched by Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation on June 25th, contains tens of thousands of high quality, metadata-rich digital objects, including video clips, photographs, digitised manuscripts, oral histories, sound recordings, digitised paintings and museum objects, books and letters. The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central online access point and interactive multimedia tools

DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars. The repository is the result of nearly four years of research, software development, policy and legal framework design, and data curation by digital archivists and librarians. Trinity College Dublin has been a key partner in DRI, contributing technical, archiving, metadata and legal expertise to the project. Other partners in the consortium are the Royal Irish Academy (lead institute), Maynooth University, Dublin Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, and National College of Art and Design.

The repository features beautiful and moving collections, including those from five demonstrator projects – the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Archive, Letters of 1916, Irish Lifetimes, Kilkenny Design Workshops, Saol Agus Saothar Sa Ghaeltacht, and the Teresa Deevy Archive. The repository also contains the award-winning Inspiring Ireland collections, featuring content from eight of Ireland’s National Cultural Institutions, and rich collections of multi-media content from our partners Raidió Teilifís Éireann and the Contemporary Music Centre.

The Clarke Stained Glass Studio Archive held by the Library of Trinity College Dublin sheds light on the design and business practice of one of the leading creative businesses of the 20th century, which operated from 1893 until 1973 and was responsible for hundreds of stained glass windows for churches all over Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, several African countries, Singapore, and the Philippines.

With the support of the Digital Repository of Ireland project funding, the Library of Trinity College Dublin is currently undertaking a two-year digitisation project which will make thousands of sketches, designs, order books, photographs and business correspondence from this collection available online to researchers, art historians and the public. This work is being carried out by Dr Marta Bustillo, Assistant Librarian, and Joanne Carroll, Digital Photographer of the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department in the Library.

Dermot Frost, Principal Investigator for DRI in Trinity with responsibility for the technical delivery of the repository said: “Building DRI has been both exciting and challenging. The team in Research IT, along with our partners, have built a scalable and robust digital repository for humanities and social sciences data using best-of-breed open source software components such as Fedora Commons, Hydra and Ceph.”

Helen Shenton, College Librarian and Archivist added, “Through our involvement in DRI, the Library has been able to unearth the treasures of the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Archive. The high resolution imaging of the business archives and designs for stained glass windows will be a vital resource to future researchers and the wider public.”

Speaking at the launch, Dr Sandra Collins, Director of DRI, invited everyone to visit DRI online: “DRI offers exciting historical, cultural and contemporary content that tells the story of Ireland and its people. The content comes from some of the finest institutions across Ireland, and is available without charge for people to view and to enjoy. Some of the collections we care for are restricted by copyright or the sensitive nature of the data, but researchers can request access. We are an open repository, and we want people to explore and enjoy their cultural and social heritage.”