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.