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Academic Continuity for Library Users: Home

A Guide to Supports and Services for Working or Studying from Home

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IMPORTANT UPDATE - Resumption of Library Services (05-08-2020)

Over the coming weeks, the Library will begin a process of reopening spaces and resuming physical services in a phased and gradual manner based on the government roadmap. Our top priority will be the health and safety of Library staff and readers. Here is a brief overview of the resumption plan from the Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton: 

The resumption process will be spread over five distinct phases. Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks, but transition from one phase to the next will only take place following a thorough review, in light of the evolving national position and the government’s COVID-19 guidelines.

The re-opening will commence on a modest scale with one floor of Kinsella Hall in the Ussher Library on June 29, followed by the Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher, and Hamilton on July 20. Access to other Library reading rooms (as well as the Book of Kells exhibition), will resume on August 10. In the meantime, several new services will be introduced from June 29, including ‘Click and Collect’, 'Scan on Demand’ and a book postal delivery service to support researchers working from home.

In implementing Trinity’s overall health and safety guidelines and HSE guidelines, the Library is working with the University’s Estates & Facilities, Health & Safety, Security, House Keeping and HR departments to ensure a safe environment for work and study.

A series of safety protocols will be implemented, including:

  • social distancing (e.g. study spaces will be at least 2 metres apart; one-way systems will be adopted where possible)
  • controlled access to reading rooms (e.g. appropriate limits on the number of readers in the buildings at any one time)
  • physical protective barriers (e.g. perspex screens at service counters; face coverings)
  • cleaning and hygiene regimes (e.g. wipe-on/wipe-off procedures at study desks)
  • book quarantine measures (e.g. returned books will be quarantined for up to 72 hours)

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve combined a handy list of FAQs concerning the closure of Library buildings. Don’t see your question answered here? Email and we will get back to you during regular office hours on weekdays (9.00-17.00, Monday - Friday).

Remote Access

Remote access is available to licensed electronic resources (books, databases and journals) to registered students and staff, irrespective of where you are located. Please note, remote access is not available for UK electronic legal deposit, UK eLD, material.

Support for Your Research Queries

Our Teaching and Research Support team is available to provide online support for your research queries. Whether you’re working on assignments, preparing your literature review, or researching for a project or thesis, your Subject Librarian can advise you as to how to make the most of our databases and online resources.

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