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Plan your Library visit: Research Collections

Planning your visit to the Research Collections Reading Room to consult holdings from Early Printed Books and Manuscripts & Archives

Plan Your Visit

NOTICE: The Joint Research Collections Reading Room has reopened for bookings. Arrangements will be kept under constant review as the COVID-19 situation changes.

The Department of Early Printed Books and Manuscripts & Archives are now operating a joint Reading Room in the Old Library and offering appointments to current TCD staff and students only.

How to book or cancel an appointment:

Please email (for printed material) or (for manuscript & archive holdings) with the following details:

  • What material you would like to consult. Please include relevant information such as author, title, name of collection, shelfmark or MS reference number.
  • Your mobile number for contact tracing purposes and if necessary to contact you regarding your appointment.
  • If you have a preference for a morning (10.30am) or afternoon (1.30pm) appointment.
  • If you need to cancel the appointment at short notice or need any further clarification before arrival please ring 01 8961189.                                                                            
  • Please note that following updated health guidance, appointments for the Joint Reading Room are now strictly limited to a maximum time of 1 hour 45 minutes. The reading room must be vacated by all readers on or before this time limit in order to comply with current Covid-19 safety guidance.
  • Do not attempt to make a booking or attend an appointment if you are suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms.

The joint Reading Room is located in the West Pavilion of the Old Library and will be familiar to those who have consulted Manuscript & Archive holdings in the past. Access is via the Library Shop/Book of Kells entrance. A library guard will meet you and bring you to the Reading Room.

In preparation for your visit please read the following guidelines:

  • You are required to bring and wear a face covering. 
  • There are handwashing facilities in the readers’ bathroom adjacent to the Reading Room. We will ask you to wash your hands when you arrive. Hand sanitiser will also be available. 
  • You will be required to wear gloves when handling Library materials to prevent hand-sanitiser residue from being transferred to the material. 
  • The readers’ desks will have been sanitised. 
  • Any reader who intentionally disregards these instructions may be asked to leave. 
  • Please bring your own equipment such as pencils, paper, ruler, magnifying glass. 
  • There will be no open-access PC. If you require online access, please ensure that you bring your own laptop or tablet. 
  • Please also note that we may experience events that may limit our ability to maintain this service and it is advisable to check the Library webpage for regular updates. We will email or phone you if this happens when you have already booked an appointment.