National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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#17 of 48 in Museums in Dublin
History Museum Library
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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  • We popped in as this library was near our hotel. Beautifully maintained old library. You do need to hand over your bags and place them in a free locker while inside. There's an area you can look on co...  more »
  • We went to the library to see about some family genealogy. The gentleman on the main desk was so friendly - you are not allowed knapsacks and bags in the library, however they provide free lockers for...  more »
  • The Yeats exhibition was quite substantial. It would be, but I wasn't interested so unbearable to fans. Visitors are only a few people, can be seen fairly slowly.
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  • 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 🤗.
  • The WB Yeats exhibition is very well presented with many artifacts and great use of multimedia. This is a hidden gem.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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