Library Tours

Library Tours

Tour 1: Berkeley Library, Trinity College Dublin

Website: https://www.tcd.ie/library/https://www.tcd.ie/library/berkeley/

Twitter: @tcdlibrary

Description:

Widely regarded as Ireland’s finest modernist building and beloved of many architects, the Berkeley Library is a brutalist gem that looks as good now as when it opened in 1967. The elders of Trinity wanted a building that spoke to the 20th century to sit between the 18th century Old Library and the 19th century Museum Building – and speak to the 20th century it certainly does. Designed by Paul Koralek at the tender age of 28, without having ever set foot in Ireland, it was the first building he created, built in situ by master builders G. & T. Crampton using concrete poured into Douglas fir formwork, and fitted out by legions of artisans. Now part of a larger complex of three linked library buildings, including the Lecky and Ussher libraries, it remains one of the most stunning buildings in Dublin.  This guided tour offers a unique opportunity to explore The Berkeley’s beautiful concrete forms and textures up close and learn about its history in context.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 1.50pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 40 (2 groups x 20)

Location: Berkeley Library, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, College Street, Dublin 2.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 2 minutes. Campus Map

Tour 2: Chester Beatty Library

Website: https://chesterbeatty.ie/

Twitter: @CBL_Dublin

Description:

Described by Lonely Planet as ‘not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe’, the Chester Beatty is the pre-eminent Irish museum promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

A vibrant National Cultural Institution, the Chester Beatty also reaches out to the culturally diverse communities in Ireland. By drawing upon and interpreting the wonderful collections, the museum actively engages with the newest members of our society.

Once the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875 – 1968), a successful American mining engineer, collector and philanthropist, the Chester Beatty is also today a research library for scholars from all over the world.

The tour will provide a general introduction to Chester Beatty exhibitions.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.10pm

Tour end time: 3.10pm

Max number of places: 40 (2 groups x 20)

Location: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 11 minutes (0.95 km). Route

Tour 3: The Edward Worth Library

Website: www.edwardworthlibrary.iehttps://www.facebook.com/edwardworthlibrary

Twitter: @EdwardWorthLib

Description:

The Edward Worth Library in Dr Steevens’ Hospital is, quite literally, a gem of a collection. With its wonderfully preserved glittering spines and its unique early eighteenth-century glass bookcases, it offers readers and visitors an opportunity to enter the private world of a Dublin physician and connoisseur book collector at the start of the eighteenth century.

Tour start time: Depart Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm to arrive at c. 2.30pm

Tour end time: 3.30pm

Max number of places: 23

Location: The Edward Worth Library (1733), Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 33 minutes (2.6 km)

For more information about transport to the Edward Worth Library, please see http://edwardworthlibrary.ie/contact-usRoute

Tour 4: Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) – Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann

Website: http://www.itma.ie/

Twitter: @ITMADublin

Description:

The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.

Established in 1987, the Archive is the first body to be exclusively concerned with the making of a comprehensive multimedia collection of materials – sound recordings, books and serials, sheet music and ballad sheets, photographs, videos and DVDs, etc. – for the appreciation and study of Irish traditional music.

The Archive now holds the largest such collection in existence, with coverage of the island of Ireland, of areas of Irish settlement abroad (especially in Britain, North America and Australia), and of non-Irish performers of Irish traditional music. A representative collection of the traditional music of other countries is also being made.

Tour start time: Depart Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm to arrive at ITMA for 2.05pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max Number of places: 15

Location: 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 13 minutes (1.1 km). Route

Tour 5: Marsh’s Library

Website: https://www.marshlibrary.ie/

Twitter: @MarshsLibrary

Description:

Step into the Eighteenth Century. Unchanged for three centuries, this perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment, with its original oak bookcases, houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Marsh’s Library was founded in the early eighteenth century by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh (1638-1713).  Designed by Sir William Robinson (d.1712) the Surveyor General of Ireland, it is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose.

As part of the tour you will have an opportunity to view the current exhibition “Bram Stoker: The Reading Habits of Secret Book-Worm” which looks at the books the young Bram Stoker read in Marsh’s Library in 1866 and 1867.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.00pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 25

Location:  St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 20 minutes (1.6 km). Route

Tour 6: National Gallery of Ireland

Website: https://www.nationalgallery.ie/

Twitter: @NGIreland

Description:

The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of Irish and European fine art. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish paintings and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting.

The National Gallery of Ireland’s mission is to care for, interpret, develop and showcase art in a way that makes it an exciting place to encounter art.  They aim to provide an outstanding experience that inspires an interest in and an appreciation of art for all and are dedicated to bringing people and their art together.

The tour will provide an introduction to the permanent collection and an opportunity to view some of the collection highlights such as Rembrant’s Exile into Egypt and Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.00pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 30 (2 groups of 15)

Location:  Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 7 minutes (0.65 km). Route

Tour 7: National Library of Ireland, Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann – Yeats Exhibition

Website: https://www.nli.ie/

Twitter: @NLIreland

Description:

The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge. The National Library is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections. The Office of the Chief Herald and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.

YEATS: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the great poets of the twentieth century. He created works that are widely known and loved. Yeats was a man of many interests – Ireland, literature, folklore, theatre, politics, the occult – and a significant influence on modern Irish cultural identity. The Yeats family has donated a large and invaluable collection of WB Yeats’s manuscripts and books to the National Library of Ireland, and the exhibition draws on this collection.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.00pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 20

Location:  Main Library Building 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 7 minutes (0.6 km). Route

Tour 8: National Library of Ireland, Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann – Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again

Website: https://www.nli.ie/https://www.nli.ie/seamusheaney/

Twitter: @NLIreland and @seamusheaneynli

Description:

The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge. The National Library is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections. The Office of the Chief Herald and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again

A partnership project between the NLI, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Bank of Ireland, the Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive archive of Heaney documents and features Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, note books, and multi-media recordings.

This is the first exhibition to be housed in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre within Bank of Ireland’s College Green complex. Curated by Professor Geraldine Higgins, Director of Irish Studies at Emory University, and designed by Ralph Appelbaum and Associates, the exhibition takes the visitor on a multi-sensory journey from Heaney’s origins through his remarkable poetic career.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.00pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 20

Location:  Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green, Dublin 2. Entrance via Westmoreland Street.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 5 minutes (0.3 km). Route

Tour 9: National Library of Ireland, Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann – A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland

Website: https://www.nli.ie/, http://2019.photoireland.org/on/a-modern-eye-helen-hooker-omalleys-ireland/

Twitter: @NLIreland, @PhotoIrelandFST

Description:

The National Photographic Archive is part of the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the library of record for Ireland. The NLI’s mission is to collect, protect, share, and make available the recorded memory of Ireland, in whatever form it takes. National Library collections are permanent, accessible by all, and the NLI aims to share the story of Ireland through unique collections.

The National Library of Ireland cares for more than ten million items including photographs, books, manuscripts, newspapers, prints, maps, drawings, ephemera, music, and digital media on behalf of the State for the people of Ireland. It is a great privilege, and an enduring responsibility.

A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland 

A partnership between the National Library of Ireland and the Gallery of Photography this exhibition explores the creative legacy of American photographer and artist, Helen Hooker O’Malley (1905- 1993).

Ireland was Helen’s most important source of inspiration for over half a century. This decades-long love affair with the landscape, history and people of Ireland was ignited by her tumultuous relationship with revolutionary and author, Ernie O’Malley.

Having met Ernie, in the US during 1933, Helen braved family opposition to elope and marry him in London, 1935. The couple established homes in Dublin and Mayo and had three children together. Despite divorcing Ernie in 1952, Helen’s love of Ireland endured undiminished.

Helen photographed her life in Ireland from 1935 onwards. The National Library of Ireland’s collection of her work dates largely from the mid 1970’s, when she found a new freedom, enthusiasm and energy to pursue her art. These works demonstrate a mature creativity honed over a lifetime’s involvement in the visual arts. The exhibition includes iconic Irish landmarks, such as Croagh Patrick, portraits of Helen’s artistic circle, including Paddy Moloney and Mary Lavin, in addition to spontaneous images of everyday life in 1970’s Ireland.

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.00pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 20

Location:  National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 9 minutes (0.7 km). Route

Tour 10: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)

Website:  www.rcpi.ie/heritage-centrewww.rcpilibrary.blogspot.ie

Twitter: @RCPIArchive

Instagram: @rcpiheritagecentre

Description:

Dun’s Library was founded in 1713 with the bequest of the personal library of Sir Patrick Dun, former President, to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Developed by the College for over 300 years the collection of approximately 30,000 items is housed in the College’s magnificent Victorian home in the centre of Dublin.

No longer a current medical library, Dun’s Library is now part of RCPI’s Heritage Centre, which promotes the study of, and public engagement with, the history of medicine in Ireland through its unique library, archive and object collections. RCPI’s Heritage Centre has just received Full Accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

Tour start time: Depart Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm to arrive at RCPI for 2pm

Tour end time: 3pm

Max number of places: 15

Location: 6 Kildare Street Location Map

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 7 minutes (0.55 km). Route

Tour 11: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Website: http://www.rcsi.ie/

Twitter: @RCSI_Irl

Instagram: @rcsi_irl

Description:

For over 200 years RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the Institution provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Learn about the history of RCSI, one of Dublin’s iconic buildings and how it came to be built at its historic landmark location on St. Stephen’s Green. Learn about some of the individuals and events that have shaped, not just the College’s history, but the local and national history over the past 230 years.

The tour will be guided by Bryan Sheils (Front of House Manager, Estates).

Tour start time: Depart from the Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm, tour will start at approx. 2.00pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 20

Location:  123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from Campanile Trinity College: 11 minutes (0.9 km). Route

Tour 12: Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann

Website: https://www.ria.ie/

Twitter: @Library_RIA

Description:

The Royal Irish Academy Library is an important research centre for the study of Irish history, language, archaeology and the history of Irish science. Home to the Cathach, the sixth-century Latin psalter reputed to have been copied by St Colum Cille (Columba), our repository houses the largest collection of Irish language manuscripts in the world, including Lebor na hUidre (the Book of the Dun Cow), the oldest extant manuscript completely in Irish. The Library holds significant manuscript resources in English and Latin for the study of Irish history, society and politics, important natural history collections and it has excellent collections of antiquarian books and pamphlets.

Tour start time: Depart Campanile, Trinity College Dublin at 1.45pm to arrive at the RIA for 2pm

Tour end time: 3.00pm

Max number of places: 60

Location: 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 7 minutes (0.55 km). Route