Often confused with the library used in Harry Potter, The Long Room of the Trinity College Library was completed in 1732 and has over 200,000 books. The cost of visiting the library is €11 at the door and gains access to the Long Room and Book of Kells exhibition. Opening times vary per season and is open Mon – Sat (June – Sept); 08:30 – 17:00, Sun (June – Sept); 09:30 – 17:00, Mon – Sat (Oct – Dec): 09:30 – 17:00, Sun (Oct – Dec): 12:00 – 16:30.
Before entering the Long Room you will go through the Book of Kells exhibition. Created by Celtic Monks 1200 years ago the book contains many exquisite illustrations that are complex and colourful. The book contains four Gospels of the New Testament. Each day a new page is turned to give visitors a new page to view every day.
The Long Room which is 65 metres long in the Old Library of Trinity College Library is lined up with busts of great thinkers, philosophers and writers who have an association with the library. The library expanded rapidly in the 1850’s as Trinity College Library had obtained permission to obtain a free copy of every book that had been published in Ireland and Britain. The Long Room has a resemblance to the Jedi archives in the Jedi Temple in the movie Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Lucasfilm has denied that the Jedi archives was based on the Long Room of the Trinity College Library.
Visiting Trinity College Library was one of the highlights of my trip to Dublin and Ireland and would highly recommend it.