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Marsh's Library, Dublin

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Marsh's Library, situated in St. Patrick's Close, adjacent to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland is a well-preserved library of the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment. When it opened to the public in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. It was built to the order of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and has a collection of over 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts.HistoryFoundationThe library was built for Narcissus Marsh, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, and formerly Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. It was long claimed that the Library opened in 1701, but this is untrue. The Cathedral agreed in 1701 to provide a plot of land for a library, but building work only commenced in 1703. The First Gallery and the Old Reading Room seem to have been completed by 1705. The Library was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1707, and the Second Gallery was added during the course of 1708 or 1709.The design was by the then Surveyor General of Ireland, Sir William Robinson, also the architect of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Marsh donated his own library, which included the former library of Bishop Edward Stillingfleet, of over 10,000 volumes, regarded as one of the finest in England, which he had bought for 2,500 pounds.Dr. Elias Bouhereau, a Huguenot refugee from La Rochelle who fled from France after the Revocation of the edict of Nantes, was the first librarian or Keeper, and also donated his personal library.
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  • The library of Marsh is a beauty. With an entrance fee of 3 Euro (feb '17) it is money very well spend. The people running the libarry are knowledgeable and very friendly. When we went there they had ...  more »
  • costs 2/3 euro to get in + a donation if you'd like. more intimate than the Old Library at Trinity College so you can take time to read book titles and really examine the beautiful shelves. they also ...  more »
  • Login to run away a little from the cold of January in Dublin and find an oasis, a pleasure, with modern, old books people well care and total freedom to admire them, a bit of fun playing the theatre with costumes. A pleasure and a haven of peace.
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  • Worth a visit The library is a little gem especially for book lovers or for those interested in history. With a number of prize books, the library tour starts with a short intro. You are free to browse the library at your own pace after. If you want to spend sn hour in tranquil surroundings, this is definitely worth a visit. Dont touch the books!
  • Best part of my recent trip to Dublin. Knowledgable and welcoming curators, reasonable entry charge (€3), lots of interesting things to see. Great if you are interested in literature, history or books.
  • A great find!
  • An amazing little library. Has a huge amount of history books. The building itself has an interesting history. A must visit for book lovers.
  • The earliest public library in Ireland.