National Library Of Ireland, Dublin

About National Library Of Ireland, Dublin

National Library Of Ireland, Dublin - Address, Phone Number

Address: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland

Phone: +353-16030200

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 07:45 pm Details

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Located within a magnificent building designed by Irish architect Thomas Newenham Deane, the National Library of Ireland is a must visit while in Ireland. With a mission of “to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge”, the library gives a fabulous insight into the culture of Ireland. If cultural anthropology interests you, you should visit the National Library of Ireland.

National Library Of Ireland Opening and Closing Hours

  • Please check the official website for public holiday timings and closures.

Main & Manuscripts Reading Room, Kildare Street

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9.30 am - 7.45 pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 9.30 am - 4.45 pm
  • Saturday: 9.30 am - 12.45 pm

Readers Ticket Office, Main building, Kildare Street

  • Monday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 7:45 pm               
  • Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 4.00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am - 12:45 pm

Kildare Street Exhibitions : 1. William Butler Yeats, 2. World War Ireland

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9.30 am - 7.45 pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 9.30 am - 4.45 pm
  • Saturday: 9.30 am - 4.45 pm
  • Sunday: 1.00 pm - 4.45 pm

Genealogy Advisory Service

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9.30 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 9.30 am - 4.45 pm

Café Joly

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9.30 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
  • Saturday: 10.30 am - 4 pm

National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Reading Room (appointment only)

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am - 1 pm            
  • Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm and 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

NPA Exhibition Gallery

  • Monday - Satday: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon - 5 pm

How To reach National Library Of Ireland by Public Transport

  • Dublin City South, Kildare Street bus stop
  • Kildare Street, Natural History Museum bus stop
  • Clare street bus stop

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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 🤗.

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  • 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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