National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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History Museum
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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  • Spent 5 straight days researching my family history using manuscripts, books, and microfilm. Staff was very competent and helpful. Be sure to read up on the Library's rules online before you go. You n...  more »
  • There was a WB Yeats exhibition just starting the day we were there which added to the attraction. Very decorative building and still a "working" library  more »
  • This is free to visit! One of the great things about Dublin is the free museums and art gallery. This library is an extraordinarily beautiful building. Sit in the reading room for a little while and s...  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.