National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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#18 of 58 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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  • I have visited the National Library on various occasion for reasons related to my family tree search as I wanted to look up some old newspapers. It is very easy to get a library ticket as the stall ar...  more »
  • This Library is not only absolutely gorgeous but the historical display was of museum quality. I stayed much longer than I had imagined I would. Take an appetite. The food is amazing. I found the libr...  more »
  • Finally made my way here during a trip to Dublin recently. Such a beautiful building! Spent time visiting the Yeats exhibition which was on my to-do list. A fabulous exhibit, covering every area of WB...  more »
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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 🤗.
  • Very nice place to read and learn more about Ireland’s history. There’s an exhibition about WB Yeats that will surprise you!
  • The reading room is beautiful, with an abundance of seats and plugs (underneath the table). However, beware that the guest wifi is either so weak you can't access it or nonexistent all together - a bit of a shame for those trying to do research online.
  • I loved the exhibition about Yeats. Cool and very well made. The only lack of this place is that the reading room is closed during Saturday afternoon and sunday. It would be cool to have the possibility to have look inside not only during weekdays.
  • I've seen much better "reading rooms". Still, worth a 10 minute pop in. Free.

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