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 tourists 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.