National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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Lose yourself among the stacks and shelves of National Library of Ireland, a reference library with endless amounts of Irish material. You can peruse books, maps, manuscripts, music, newspapers, periodicals, and photographs, and even collections from famous writers such as James Joyce and Roddy Doyle. Even if literature is not your thing, you can still admire the library's architecture and antique decor. Do not miss the reading room for a visual treat, featuring stained-glass windows, marble accents, and an exquisite cupola. Check the library's website ahead of time for special exhibitions. To visit National Library of Ireland on your holiday in Dublin, and find out what else Dublin has to offer, use our Dublin holiday planner.
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  • Worth an hour to learn about Ireland's national poet, WB Yeats. The library hosts an extensive exhibition with many small theme rooms on various parts of the poet's life, with recorded sound and visua...  more »
  • The National Library of Ireland was founded in 1877 and intends to collect and make available the memory of the Irish nation at home and abroad. Is open, free of charge, to all who wish to consult the collections, discover the wealth of your story or visit the exhibitions. A must-visit is the award-winning multimedia exhibition "Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats.   In February/2017 the opening was: Mon-Wed: 9:30-7:45 pm Thurs and Fri: 9.30-4.45 pm Saturday: from 9:30 to 12:45 admission is free.   And it is easy to reach by public transport: buses: 11, 37, 38, 39 or 46a Luas (tram): take the green line Luas to St Stephen's Green.
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  • Only have good things to say about the National Library of Ireland. Their location is really handy, their collection is the best in the country (and obviously the most complete if you're trying to res...  more »
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  • Beautiful; studious atmosphere; great lockers to hide away bags etc. This is what a library should be. Will be getting a Reader's Ticket next time and may never be seen again! And the Yeats exhibition was really interesting; with interactive exhibits and worksheets for kids to make it brilliantly inclusive and accessible.
  • They told me the space was too small to study, I couldn't read and study inside. This was the strangest rule I had ever heard in library. So I left. What the problem this library?
  • The free and amazing Yates exhibit is worth the visit.
  • Great library with amazing resources. If you are carrying a bag you will be asked to store it in the free lockers. You are not allowed to take picture, but is worth the visit.
  • Cool place to check out while sightseeing.