National Library of Ireland, Dublin

Categories: History Museums, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
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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  • Like many Americans, some of my ancestors lived in Ireland. I had had a difficult time tracing back my G-G-Grandfather who arrived in the US in 1852. The friendly helpers in the Library showed me how ...  read more »
  • This is for literature aficionado's only I think... Free entrance, free lockets for your bags and you get to see the beautiful library were James Joyce often came. There was a small exhibitions on a 1...  read more »
  • Really for genealogy buffs. The foyer is architecturally interesting--not the best but a 10 minute peek- but not much else open to viewing. 
  • Cool place to check out while sightseeing.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Nothing better than a good old library
  • Getting a readers card for the National Library made it doing my thesis almost worthwhile. The building is absolutely stunning – rows and rows of study desks with green lamps and leather, surrounded by oak paneling. One of the greatest treasures in Dublin. And, this might sound weird, but the toilets are awesome. It's like stepping back in time.
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