Thanksgiving weekend

The library will close Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30pm for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen at 10am on Sunday, November 29th.  Students will have card access to the building’s 24-hour zone throughout this period.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Accessing Library E-resources

As was announced in our Information Services Fall 2015 Update, we are changing our authentication method for library e-resources to eliminate the need for our off campus users to download a VPN client.  This initiative takes advantage of Trinity’s new Shibboleth authentication server, a product called EZProxy, and a rewrite of our local web links to provide a smoother transition from our library discovery systems to the e-resource.

The most noticeable change is that many of our web links now have “” in their address.  The first time you click on one of these resources you will be asked to login to the College’s new Shibboleth authentication server and then passed onto the resource.    If you allow your web browser to store cookies, you will only need to login once per session.

 Further details are at


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What comes to your mind when you think of our Library?

This beautiful word mosaic features words that came to mind when we asked our student assistants this question.  Student Assistant Word Mosaic about our Library September 2015

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Reserving Library Group Study Rooms


With the new academic year we have a new process for using the library’s eight group study rooms on Levels 1, 2, and 3 (including the 4 group media rooms):

  1. Reserve your room at
  2. Use your Trinity ID to access the room.

And you are in!  No more key check-outs from the Circulation Desk.  This link is also always available on the Library homepage.



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Summer Library hours

Over summer term, the Library will be open into the early evening on Mondays-Thursday until 6:30pm.  For our complete schedule, see

Also note that this year we also have the LITC 24-hour space open throughout the summer (with your Trinity ID).

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Late night study space?

Studying late night?  The Library will again have all spaces in our south wing open 24/7 through exams.  This is the side of the building that includes the reading room on Levels 2 & 3 down through the computer labs on Level B.

The study spaces around the main bookstack areas to the north of the atrium (including the periodical reading room) will close at their normal times.

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Upload your senior thesis

Finished your senior thesis? Upload it to the Trinity College Digital Repository and get the most out of your work !

Get Noticed 
Works in the Trinity College Digital Repository get picked up by Google and other research tools. Other students and faculty will see the great work you’ve done!

Get Hired
Once your work is uploaded, you’ll have a direct link to it, which you can include on resumes, job applications, and social media profiles.

Get Accepted
Share the link to your work on graduate school applications, and with academic colleagues.

Archiving of senior projects is a free service provided by Trinity College Library. As the author, you retain copyright of your work, and you may set access restrictions.

To get started go to


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The Library and Information Technology Center welcomes LGBTQI students, staff and faculty!

We stand in solidarity on this Day of Silence.


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Research help available on Sundays through finals

As the end of the semester approaches, research librarians will be available to help you from 1 – 9 PM on the following Sundays:

April 19                 Erin Valentino

April 26                 Rob Walsh

May 3                    Jeff Liszka

Good luck!

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Thinking INSIDE the box!

GibbsAs part of our preservation efforts in the Watkinson, we sometimes hire a conservator to make a clamshell box to protect an extra-special, fragile book. Stephanie Gibbs, a bookbinder from Easthampton, Mass., is making a linen clamshell box for an incunable with delicate, exposed sewing. The fit of the box is important so that the book doesn’t shift when being shelved and get damaged.

An “incunable” (the English form of the Latin incunabula = “cradle”) is a book from the “infancy” of printing, covering the years 1455 to 1500. Why doesn’t Stephanie just repair the binding? Several reasons: being able to see the original structure of the book is a window into the history of the artifact; appropriately restoring a binding is time intensive, requires a high level of expertise, and is therefore very expensive. This type of treatment would be reserved for a book that is very rare indeed or that needs to be handled fairly often for teaching or research. Boxing is a practical way to protect an artifact for the future.

—Sally Dickinson, Associate Curator & Preservation Librarian

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