National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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#17 of 48 in Museums in Dublin
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. Make National Library of Ireland a part of your Dublin vacation plans using our Dublin trip itinerary app .
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  • August 13, 2017
    Is one of the most sought-after, connected with the College, has huge queues to get in. Not worth all the time to get it.
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  • August 6, 2017
    I popped in while next door to Leinster House. Bags need to be checked in before entering the actual library. I really wanted to take photos of the interior but they are not allowed and I didn't feel ...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    I'm an American who first connected with W.B. Yeats in high school and later immersed himself in Yeats at university in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The library currently has an exhibition on Yeats...  more »
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  • March 28, 2017
    Interesting old library. Staff are very helpful. Nice quiet restaurant. A note to other people who gave a low rating because they couldn't sit in to study or read their own material. This isn't just any old library. This is the NATIONAL library with a unique collection and people come here to access books, manuscripts etc. that just can't be found anywhere else. Therefore staff have to ensure that the very limited space is used for that purpose and not just by people using it as a convenient space to study their own external material. You can go sit in a coffee shop or the park if you just want to read. Oh and I would agree with another comment below, the toilets are amazing 🤗.
  • June 10, 2017
    The WB Yeats exhibition is very well presented with many artifacts and great use of multimedia. This is a hidden gem.
  • March 16, 2017
    Downstairs is a full and interesting exhibit on W.B. Yeats, replete with photos, objects, and 4 themed video rooms that detail certain aspects of his life, his loves, and Irish identity. Upon entering there is a place to sit which is surrounded by screens that show pictures along with his poems, accompanied by a soothing audio recording of his poems.
  • March 29, 2017
    I was there for the special exhibit on WB Yeats. It was brilliant! Too much to see; Too little time. And the building itself is lovely.
  • October 13, 2016
    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.

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