Report: “Book By Very Old Book, This CNY Librarian is Helping Preserve the Ancient Tomes in Ireland’s Most Famous Library”
Kayleigh Ferguson will sometimes find a small bounty between the pages of the centuries-old books in her care at Old Library in Dublin.
“If the book’s falling apart enough … you can find chunks of medieval manuscripts sticking out of the back,” said the 28-year-old, over the phone from Dublin, 3,000 miles from her hometown of Elbridge, New York.
Catholic manuscripts went out of vogue during the Protestant Reformation, she explained, so they were sometimes used as scrap paper for book bindings. Occasionally she finds them while she’s cataloging books in one of the world’s most-trafficked libraries.
Ferguson is one of the “foot soldiers,” she said, of The Great Decant, a $95 million restoration of the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, which kicked into gear after the 2019 Notre Dame fire in Paris. She’s an incongruous fixture there, a New Yorker working busily among the stacks of venerated Irish treasures.
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