The Watkinson Library & College Archives

Watkinson services (updated May 20, 2020)

The Watkinson Library is open for remote support, research, and reference requests. All Watkinson staff are available remotely (email, video, audio) for teaching support and research questions from the general public and Trinity College students, faculty, and staff. Watkinson staff can also conduct Introduction to Special Collections and Archives sessions via Zoom and be available to support online classes with digital primary sources. Because the public service work of special collections is highly interactive, in close quarters, and involves interpersonal handling of materials, the Watkinson Reading Room will remain closed until further notice. ​


The Watkinson Library serves as a public research library, the rare book and special collections of the Trinity College Library, and the repository of the College archives. It is located on the main floor of the Raether Library and Information Technology Center.

The Watkinson contains over 175,000 printed volumes ranging in date from the fifteenth century to the present; 4,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material; 25,000 pieces of sheet music (1720-1950); over 5,000 sound recordings; and thousands of pieces of ephemera (postcards, greeting cards, trade cards, ballad sheets, prints, maps, playbills, posters, and broadsides).

Our vision is to create a welcoming space for students and other visitors to encounter and interact with the cultural materials we hold, and to facilitate creative and intellectual production based on or inspired by our collections.

Watkinson hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and by appointment.

Current Exhibit

Poetry, Art, & Revolution: 
Artists Books from Latin America and the Caribbean 

On display in Watkinson Library & Level A 
March 2 through September 2, 2020