Watkinson Library

Using the Collections

Getting Started

Though a part of the Trinity College Library, the Watkinson remains a public institution available to all readers under the rules governing its use.  Users from the Trinity community need to bring their Trinity ID’s and sign in.  Non- Trinity users must sign in, show a photo ID and fill out a user’s application.

The Watkinson Library is a closed-stack, non-circulating collection.  A reader requests material by filling out a call slip for each title which will be retrieved by Watkinson staff.  Use of materials is restricted to the Watkinson reading room.  The rules governing its use, which are available in the reading room, are designed to protect and preserve fragile and rare materials.  Researchers are allowed to take notes in pencil or to use a laptop.  The library is equipped with wireless technology.  No food or drink is allowed in the reading room.

Almost all Watkinson materials are listed in the Trinity College Library’s online catalog.  Exceptions are manuscripts, ephemera, maps, visual materials, such as posters, and sheet music.  There is an inventory of manuscripts, other than book length examples, on the Watkinson website.

As a further aid to researchers guides and exhibition catalogs featuring parts of the collection are available from the Watkinson website. 

Reproductions and Publication
Digital reproductions or photocopies of Watkinson materials may be requested online using the attached form.  With permission of the staff, readers may use their own cameras in the library.
Reproduction request form

To request permission to publish a reproduction from the Watkinson collections a permission form must be submitted.  Users of materials from the Watkinson Library or the College Archives must accept full legal responsibility for observing the laws of copyright, as well as the laws of libel and invasion of privacy and property rights.
Permission to publish form
General information & fees

Directions to the Library

The Watkinson Library is on the main level of Trinity College's Raether Library and Information Technology Center.  Maps and directions are available on the Trinity College website.