Trinity College Library Dublin

Trinity College Library Dublin

Ongoing lectures and exhibitions are a popular events at the library.  The area that you should definitely visit is The Long Room.  It’s lined with marble busts of Western world philosophers and writers. 200,000 books fill the room, extending nearly 65 metres in length. Temporary exhibitions are displayed, reflecting the library’s holdings. Also on display is the oldest harp in Ireland, dating back to the fifteenth century.  The harp is constructed of oak and willow, with brass strings.  Irish coins bare the image of this harp, which reflects early bardic society.

Trinity College Library

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Featured gospel manuscripts on display in the Old Library are the Book of Kell, Book of Armagh and Book of Durrow.  The most famous of these manuscripts is the Book of Kell, believed to be written around the year 800. Two volumes of this four volume manuscript are on display, featuring a decorated page and a page of script.

The Library Shop contains books, clothing, videos, postcards, posters, stationery and other souvenirs.

Bookings are not available for general admission to the Old Library and there is typically a short queue.  There is an admission fee, which covers access to the Book of Kell, Long Room and some exhibitions.  Self-guided tours generally last 40 to 60 minutes. Student-led tours of the college campus, which includes library admission are also available during summer months. The Old Library is wheelchair accessible.

Photography or filming inside the Old Library requires written permission from Visitor Services, requested at least ten working days in advance of visitation.

The Java City Café at the Arts Block is open to the public.  Meals, pastries and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase.  Other attractions at the college include the Geological Museum, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Science Gallery and Douglas Hyde Gallery.

Cross city buses are the best access to the college. A short walk away from the college are the DART stations of Pearce Street and Connolly Station. Walking through the Nassau Street entrance will lead you to the Old Library.  You can also enter through College Green and the Front Gate.  The Old Library is right in front of the bell tower.  A narrow lane between the Old Library and 1937 Reading Room will get you to the library entrance.


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Date posted: 12th August, 2014

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