Trinity College Dublin
, where the book is kept, are extremely paranoid and protective of this manuscript
; this is understandable given that the entrance fee to the library
is one of their major sources of revenue, and the book also generates much peripheral spending by tourist
s staying in and around the campus.
After loaning one of the 4 volumes of the book to Canberra, Australia in early 2000, there was some controversy when the manuscript was found to have a 'slight pigment damage', which was suspected to be due to vibration of the aircraft during transit.
This perhaps influenced a decision by the College not to loan any part of the book to the newly-opened Kells Heritage Centre, despite the planning of a 24-hour armed police presence, and numerous other security measures. The manuscript has only been loaned 4 times in the 340+ years that the College has been in possession of it.