The Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin

The Library of Trinity College Dublin serves Trinity College and the University of Dublin. It is the largest library in Ireland and, as a legal deposit or "copyright library", it has rights to receive material published in the Republic of Ireland free of charge; it is also the only Irish library to hold such rights for the United Kingdom. The Library is the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells. Two of the four volumes are on public display, one opened to a major decorated page and the other to a typical page of text. The volumes and pages shown are regularly changed. Members of the University of Dublin also have access to the libraries of Tallaght Hospital and the Irish School of Ecumenics, Milltown.

Constituent Library buildings

The Library proper occupies several buildings, four of which are at the Trinity College campus itself, with another part of the Trinity Centre at St. James's Hospital, Dublin:

The original (Old) Library is Thomas Burgh’s masterpiece. A huge building, it originally towered over the university and city after its completion. Even today, surrounded by similarly scaled buildings, it is imposing and dominates the view of the university from Nassau Street. The Book of Kells is located in the Old Library, along with the Book of Durrow, the Book of Howth and other ancient texts. Also incorporating the Long Room, the Old Library is one of Ireland's biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes. In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, which is now housed in the Library. Housed within the Old Library are:

♦ Early Printed Books & Special Collections

♦ Manuscripts & Archives Research Library (M&ARL)

♦ The Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher (BLU) Arts Libraries complex, incorporating:

♦ The Berkeley Library, in Fellows Square

♦ The Lecky Library, attached to the Arts Building

♦ The Ussher Library, overlooking College Park

♦ The Glucksman Map Library

♦ The Preservation and Conservation Department

♦ The Hamilton Science and Engineering Library

♦ The 1937 Reading Room (for graduate use)

♦ The John Stearne Medical Library (JSML), housed at St James's Hospital

♦ Further materials are held in storage in Stacks, either in closed access within College or at a book 
depository in the Dublin suburb of Santry.

Trinity College Library

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