Thursday 16 September 2021

RCB Library to re-open on appointment-only basis from next week

The RCB Library, which holds the Church of Ireland archive, is to re-open to the public with a new online booking system from next Tuesday, 21 September. Initially, the Library will be open only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but it is expected that additional days and appointment slots will be made available in October.

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Unscheduled or drop-in visitors will not be able to view archives and manuscripts, nor to spend time reading from the printed collections. However, there is no need to make an appointment just to borrow or return books.

Booking for a given week will open at 9am on the Friday of the previous week. So the first appointments, for next Tuesday and Wednesday, will be available to book from tomorrow, Friday 17 September.

Researchers will be a able to reserve either a morning slot (10am to 12:30pm) or an afternoon slot (2pm to 4:30pm). Up to five items may be ordered in advance and will be ready for viewing on arrival.

You can find out more about the re-opening and the new desk reservation system here, or click the image to view a short explanatory video.