National Library Of Ireland

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  • Address: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland, Dublin 2
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 07:45 pm Details
  • Phone: +353-16030200
  • Fax: +353-016612523
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Library, Landmark, Family And Kids, Community And Government, Libraries

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.

  • 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

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

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  • National Library Of Ireland Address: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland, Dublin 2
  • National Library Of Ireland Contact Number: +353-16030200
  • National Library Of Ireland Timing: 09:30 am - 07:45 pm
  • National Library Of Ireland Price: Free
  • Best time to visit National Library Of Ireland(preferred time): 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Library Of Ireland: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 63.37% of people who visit Dublin include National Library Of Ireland in their plan

  • 66.75% of people start their National Library Of Ireland visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see National Library Of Ireland

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  • Best place for studying, they keep it really quiet (sometimes can hear some baby crying), and you can take lovely tiny breaks just looking at the gorgeous ceiling. Is normal if they don't let people use writing tools other than their pencils, sure they do it for a consistent reason. Such a classy toilets with copper pipework, glassware and sofas, and other uncountable architectural and decorative details throughout the building

  • If you want +100 points toward becoming a certified geek, here’s a good place to start! Absolutely remarkable library with such a grand reading room that visitors are welcome to observe! No entrance fee, free cloaking in provided lockers and just a pleasant place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Dublin. The archaeology museum is housed in a twin building just across the way and so worth a visit if you’re in the area

  • Amazing staff! Incredible resources for tracing Irish heritage.

  • Nice room but bad place to do schoolwork. No pens or highlighters allowed and no Wi-Fi unless you're looking at their manuscripts. You might as well study at my grannys. At least she has chocolate digestives and tea.

  • I was so excited to finally be able to visit the National Library of Ireland. The manuscript collection is full of unique documents related to family history that can be found no where else in the world. This is not a library you can come to without any preparation. Doing so will ensure hours of wasted time. I only had one morning to spend here during my trip to Dublin but I did many hours of research through their online catalog and had a list of the manuscripts I wanted to view in order. I went first thing in the morning to the desk for the reader's ticket and that process only took about 15 minutes. To enter the manuscript room you must put all of your belongings in a locker. You can use no-flash photography and paper and pencil to take notes. One of the manuscripts I had reserved was too heavy for the archivist to carry, but it had been microfilmed and was available in the main building. The National Library of Ireland is an invaluable source of information for any serious Irish family history researcher. I can't wait to go back!

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