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Objectives and Activities of the Worth Library Trust:


The Worth Library Trust, established by the order of the High Court, preserves and maintains the Worth Library and the Worth Library Collection as a unit in its original form and in its original location in Doctor Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin, for the purpose of advancing public education and a greater general knowledge and understanding of science, literature and the arts by enabling scholars and the general public to have access to a rare example of a uniquely preserved private library of an eighteenth century scholar and physician which is of unique national and international importance.


The main activities revolve around public education and research in the context of expanding the profile of the library, nationally and internationally, as a centre for the history of medicine, science and the history of the book.




The Worth Library Trust is currently compiling its Compliance Record Form in compliance with the Governance Code of the Charity Regulator.

In 2021 the Worth Library aims to apply for interim accreditation with the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland.




2016 Final Trustees Annual Report 261017

2017 Annual Report of the Trustees v 4

Annual Report of the Trustees 2018

Annual Report of the Trustees 2019

2020 Annual Trustees Report Final


GDPR and the Edward Worth Library


Trustees of the Edward Worth Library:


Dr Emer Lawlor (Chair and Trustee)

Mr Paul Reid, Director General HSE (ex officio)

Prof Linda Doyle Provost, TCD (ex officio)

Dr Sandra Collins, Director, National Library of Ireland (ex officio)

Mr Tony Kelly (Nominee for Director General HSE)

Mr Gerard Long (Nominee for the Director of the National Library of Ireland)

Ms Laura Shanahan (Nominee for the Provost of Trinity College)

Ms Maureen Browne

Professor Davis Coakley

Mr David Fitzpatrick

Mr Kieran Hickey

Professor Greta Jones

Dr Eoghan Mooney

Ms Helen Stokes

Mr Robert Towers


Secretary of the Worth Library Trust:

Ms Bette Browne


Library Staff:


Librarian of the Edward Worth Library:

Dr Elizabethanne Boran


Library Assistant of the Edward Worth Library

Mr Antoine Mac Gaoithín



CRA number  20066093

Charity number CHY 17643


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