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 should sign in at the front desk and show their Trinity ID’s.  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.  Material may be requested online from the Trinity Library catalog or in person.  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.  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 and permission to publish  Watkinson materials may be requested by contacting Watkinson staff.  With permission of the staff, readers may use their own cameras in the library.   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.

General information and 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.