Former Trinity College Librarian and Archivist Peter Fox has produced the first comprehensive, scholarly history of Trinity College Library. His newly launched book covers 400 years of the Library’s development from its foundation by James Ussher in the seventeenth century to the electronic revolution of the twenty-first century. Particular attention is given to the buildings and the politics involved in obtaining funding for them, as well as the acquisition of the great treasures, such as the Book of Kells and the libraries of Ussher, Claudius Gilbert and Hendrik Fagel. An important aspect is the comprehensive coverage of legal deposit from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present, viewed for the first time from an Irish perspective.
The Book also draws parallels with the development of other libraries in Dublin and those of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and features the individuals who influenced the Library’s development – librarians, politicians, readers, book collectors and book thieves.
Peter Fox has over 30 Years’ experience at a senior level in academic libraries, including 15 years in Trinity College Library. In 2009 he retired as the Librarian of the University of Cambridge, having held the post since 1994. He was also a Curator of the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and a member of a number of committees at the British Library. During his years at Trinity he edited several books including the commentary volume to The Book of Kells, MS 58, Trinity College Library Dublin (1990) and Treasures of the Library: Trinity College Dublin (1986).