Conserving the Old Library for future generations Trinity College Dublin is embarking on an historic endeavour to redevelop the Old Library and to preserve its magnificent collections which have served our scholars since the 18th century, in order to safeguard it for all generations to come. Trinity’s Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton gives us an insight into this important project. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” These are the words of writer, Jorge Luis Borges, inscribed on one of the walls of the newly refurbished Treasury for the Book of Kells which opened for the first time since lockdown earlier this month. The precious ninth century manuscript, one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, will be showcased in all its magnificence in a specially designed case ensuring optimum conservation and environmental conditions in the new Treasury of the Old Library. It was made possible through a gift from donors, Carol and Murray Grigor,and funding from Fáilte Ireland. It is the first phase of a critically important redevelopment plan for the 18th century building that will safeguard it for generations to come. The Old Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Renowned for the Book of Kells and the magnificent Long Room, it combines heritage and scholarship in its unique dual role as a world-class academic library and a national cultural institution. Its precious collections that span millennia have been in the care of the Library for over 400 years. Continue reading. Helen Shenton, Librarian & College Archivist, Trinity College Dublin.