National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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#17 of 59 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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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 🤗.
  • 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.
  • The museum itself is good, but I think the building its housed in (identical to the library across the plaza) is even more impressive. Go here to see middle-ages memorabilia.

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