Trinity College Dublin Library

Contact details

Website: Email: (Information Service) Email: (Inter-Library Loan queries) Tel: +353 1 896 1661

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About the library

The library of Trinity College Dublin is the largest library in Ireland. The library was established at the same time as the College in 1592 and now holds over 4 million volumes. It is a legal deposit library meaning it is entitled to claim a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland.

The main libraries are found on the College campus:

  • Berkeley Library: contains materials for history, law, official publications, psychology and print reference and bibliography collections for all subjects
  • Lecky Library: contains materials for business, economics, social sciences, education, geography and geology
  • Ussher Library: contains materials for classics, history of art, Jewish studies, biblical studies, theology, languages, literature, music, nursing & midwifery, philosophy and print periodicals for all arts subjects
  • Hamilton Library: contains materials (books and journals) for computer science, engineering, health sciences, mathematics and sciences

Other collections available are:

  • Early Printed Books Reading Room: holds a small reference collection and is used for consulting older books from the closed access collections
  • Manuscripts Reading Room
  • John Stearne Medical Library is at St. James's Hospital
  • Santry Book Repository: houses approximately 3 million volumes in closed access. Items held here must be requested
  • Map Library
  • AMNCH in Tallaght: serves the staff and students at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Trinity College Library: SL

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.


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Trinity College Dublin data on Copac

Example record from the Trinity College Dublin Library:

The bachelor of Salamanca : Or, memoirs of Don Cherubim de la Ronda In three parts. Written originally in French by Mr. Le Sage; ... Translated by Mr. Lockman. / [By: Le Sage, Alain René 1668-1747.]
  Published: Dublin : printed by George Faulkner 1737-40

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.