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National Library of Ireland

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
35-316-030-200
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Ranked #31 of 277 attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Libraries
Owner description: The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material in the world. There are three reading rooms and a... more » Owner description: The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material in the world. There are three reading rooms and a Genealogy Advisory Service to assist family history researchers. The Library also has two major exhibitions, the multi-awarding winning 'Yeats : the life and work of WB Yeats' and 'Strangers to Citizens : the Irish in Europe 1600-1800'. Entry to the Library and exhibitions is free. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Yes, they have people there to help you find some historical info on your family - read through the NLI website and have as much info as you can to take with you! You do need birthdates and hopefully siblings, parents, marriage dates, and almost as important, the locations of those. I did nothing else in the library (didn't go... More

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Limoges, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The library is not that remarkable but the Yeats exhibition is fantastic, you are immersed in his world and learn a lot about this complex poet. By chance in the same time I could visit the exhibition about the Dublin Lockout of 1913, which was also interesting in a different way.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Beautiful building to experience and you can enter into the reading room and read your own book or study or request a book. Definitely work exploring beautiful architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I've spent one week in Dublin and this was my favorite place in town since it holds an exhibition devoted to WB Yeats. Maybe my best minutes in Dublin were the ones spent here listening to people reciting his best-known works and reading at the same time the poems being recited on the screen. Don't miss the original drafts of... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were wondering around on a Monday; didn't realize that the National museums were closed. Came across the National Library which had 3 very interesting exhibits (James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and the Dublin Lockout of 1912). The library was one of our better finds during our trip.

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Flint, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Our visit to this venue was well worth the hours we spend there. So much information to be found and the exhibition of the Life and Works of Williams Butler Yeats was inspiring, as also was the the The Dublin Lockout. The building itself is magnifient and the staff very welcoming and helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I spent a number of hours here during our two week visit home to Ireland. We were able to find vast amounts of information regarding our ancestors that was extremely helpful in our genealogy work. The facilities were top notch, the staff helpful, and as mentioned, the information was very helpful. The one issue my wife experienced,... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yes the magnificent building of the National Library fascinated me. The huge dome structure at the centre with Leonardo Vinci and Michelangelo painted huge glass windows. Built in the 1870s , being identical to the National Archaeological Museum which is just opposite. Totally computerised with very efficient staff with a huge collection of books.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is a lovely building to go and visit. The exhibition of Yates was good and the reading room was a beautiful room. As this is all free it is worth a visit.

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Kiel, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

You have to go, it is free and its so beautiful and old with light blue walls and the lights are coming through windows. The building is barock and there nice engels on the walls. My Children loved it.

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