We were somewhat surprised to hear that the staff receive around 30 applications from outside readers every day for consultation of their collections. This seems very steep but, being a copyright library, it is to be expected. The collections are far from being catalogued online and so it is necessary for researchers etc. to come in person to the library to find out what they hold.
|'Sphere within a sphere' outside the Berkeley|
We managed to get into the Old Library to have a look at the Book of Kells, known merely as 'The Book' and we thoroughly enjoyed striding past the massive queue proclaiming to the guard that we were 'librarians' and so should be let in for free (probably one of the few perks of the job). The commercial nature of the library was shocking (but understandable and a great source of income for the college (not the library itself)) with magnets, tea towels, aprons and ties galore. The exhibition itself was professional in the extreme and the book protected under 3 inches of bullet proof glass and within its own secure mechanised vault lift thing...very Mission Impossible.
Upstairs in the Long Room there was another exhibition, which changes frequently and is the domain of the rare books and special collections librarians. This one was on the School of Medicine 1711-2011 and was accompanied by the skeleton of a giant, which had been moved from elsewhere on campus to its temporary home with great care and precision and no doubt great student intrigue.
|Dublin castle sign post|
|Inside the Beatty with cafe and shop|
|Chester Beaty library|
|The man himself|
|Musuem of revenue|
Dublin Castle also houses a memorial garden for the Gardai and a museum of revenue aptly summarised by this image.