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Ireland’s story is an open book… discover it all at the National Library of Ireland

The mission of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) is to collect, protect and make available the recorded memory of Ireland. It cares for more than ten million items including books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, prints, maps, drawings, ephemera, music and digital media, sharing the story of Ireland with the world through these unique collections.

The Library is free to anyone who wishes to consult the collections, visit the exhibitions, attend events, or enjoy the lovely café.

The main library buildings are Kildare Street, and include the magnificent Victorian reading room. The Library’s National Photographic Archive is situated in Temple Bar.


Highlights include:
  • Lively programme of exhibitions and events for all ages, the majority of which are FREE.
  • Award-winning Yeats exhibition.
  • Free genealogy advisory service.
  • Magnificent reading room (accessible with free Reader’s Ticket).
  • Free wi-fi for members.
  • Intimate Café Joly, serving delicious treats Monday - Saturday.


Further information is available at www.nli.ie. Follow the NLI on Twitter @NLIreland, Facebook National Library of Ireland, Flickr on the Commons, Vimeo and YouTube.


Visitor Information

Open Year Round 2017

Main & Manuscripts Reading Room, Kildare Street
Monday - Wednesday 09:30 - 19:45 
Thursday & Friday 09:30 - 16:45 
Saturday 09:30 - 12:45 

Readers Ticket Office, Main building, Kildare Street
Monday 10:30 - 12:30; 14:00 - 16:00; 17:00 - 19:45 
Tuesday to Friday 10:30 - 12:30; 14:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:30 - 12:45 

Kildare Street Exhibitions
1. William Butler Yeats   2. World War Ireland
Monday - Wednesday 09:30 - 19:45 
Thursday & Friday 09:30 - 16:45 
Saturday 09:30 - 16:45 
Sunday 13:00 - 16:45 

Genealogy Advisory Service
Monday - Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00 
Thursday & Friday 09:30 - 16:45 

Café Joly
Monday - Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00 
Thursday & Friday 09:30 - 17:00 
Saturday 10:30 - 14:30

National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Reading Room 
By appointment only

National Photographic Archive, Exhibition Gallery
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Contact Details

National Library of Ireland,
7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638

T: +353 (0) 1 603 0200
E: info@nli.ie
W: www.nli.ie

Closed: Public Holiday Mondays: Reading Rooms closed - Exhibitions open 12:00 to 17:00. Café Joly is closed on the Saturday and Monday during a public holiday weekend.

Approx Visit Duration: 30 - 60 minutes

Admission Prices 2017

Admission is FREE

 

Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Leaflets are available, free, in Irish and English.
 

DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Café Joly, named after the National Library's first donor, is situated in a bright spacious sun-filled room complimented by crisp modern design and contemporary artwork. Michael & his team who offer a seasonally based menu showcasing the best of Irish produce.

The lunch menu from midday throughout the day offers two soups, a warming stew, hearty quiches and pies served with colourful tasty homemade salads.

Outside of bustling lunchtimes the cafe is an oasis of calm & relaxation.

Opening hours: Mon/Tues/Weds 09:30 to 18:00; Thurs/Fri 09:30 to 17:00. Sat10.00 to 14:30 for teas, coffees and snacks.

PICNICS
A number of tables and chairs are located in front of the main Library building


PARKING
There is parking at Setana Place, Molesworth Street, approx 2 minutes walk from the National Library of Ireland


ACCESSIBILITY for Wheelchair Users and Visitors with Reduced Mobility
Most of the National Library is accessible to wheelchair users, in some cases via the lift. There are steps up to the room housing the genealogy advisory service. There are accessible toilets. To assist readers with hearing difficulties, hearing loops are available. Assistance dogs may be brought into all public areas of the Library. Further information on accessibility is available by emailing info@nli.ie


GROUPS
Group tours availabe (free). Pre-booking required.
 

SCHOOL / EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES
The collections of the National Library constitute a unique learning resource for students of all aspects of Irish history and culture. They have devised a broad educational programme to maximise this potential, providing a wide range of services for primary, post-primary, third level students, lifelong learners and educators. For all enquiries contact learning@nli.ie


WIFI
Free WFI is available in the reading rooms to registered readers.


ACCOLADES & AWARDS
Winner of an eGovernment Award in the category ‘Promoting Ireland Overseas’ (2016).

 

Map Location

The National Library of Ireland’s main building is located at 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, beside the Dáil. The Library has a further exhibition space at 3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 and The National Photographic Archive is located at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

All are within a short walking distance of the Grafton Street shopping area and St. Stephens Green. All locations are well serviced by public transport (bus, Luas and Dart).

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Group Enquiry?

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