The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin is about to close its doors for a three-year renovation. Seeing it before the doors close is a must.
No adventurous life can ever really, truly be complete unless it includes a trip to Ireland. Few destinations offer up charm quite like the Emerald Isle, with its friendly locals who only want to offer you a little whiskey (in the morning) and simply cannot help but give terrible driving directions. With a magic and mystique all its own, green countryside to explore, and a thriving nightlife to experience, there are many sights to see when planning your itinerary. Yet a certain urgency must be considered for one of its most storied treasures--the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin--which is about to close its doors to visitors.
Long a bucket list item for many, not just literature lovers, the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin began a massive restoration project on this Irish national treasure this past April. The 90 million euro restoration project will be a massive undertaking in conservation, with much of the engineering efforts focused on updating the weak fireproofing methods (currently just a couple of fire extinguishers). Over 750,000 books will be moved during the restoration of the Old Library. In October 2023, the Old Library will close its doors for three years to begin the careful and important process of restoring and protecting it for future generations to enjoy.
With its storied history and priceless collection of literature, here is a guide to making the most of your visit.