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National Library of Ireland

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 35-316-030-200
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Thu - Fri 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
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Description: The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of...
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.
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Astonishing if you like Yeats.

I give this five stars simply for the finest literary exhibition I have ever seen. If you love the work of W B Yeats this exhibition of his life and work is worth the trip to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I give this five stars simply for the finest literary exhibition I have ever seen. If you love the work of W B Yeats this exhibition of his life and work is worth the trip to Dublin. If you are not into Yeats you will find this a great introduction to him, but if you are a fan you will... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Library is open to the public. You just need to leave coats/bags in the free lockers downstairs for security reasons. The reading room has a huge vaulted ceiling and is surrounded by plaster cherubs. It's full of people working so you have to be quiet. It's well worth a quick stop off. There is currently a Yeats exhibition in... More 

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Despite having lived in Dublin all of my life, I had never visited the National Library until this summer. Caught in a downpour (Irish summer after all) and with my umbrella left uselessly at home, I ducked in just for shelter and to have a quick coffee. I ended up spending nearly two hours and it was one of the... More 

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Milton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Beautiful building and good exhibits -- didn't have time to take in all. Library is paired with National Museum of Archeology on either side of Parliament Building. Great place to spend a day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The National Library was something we first passed over, but then decided to see on another day. We did not expect to spend as much time there as we did. The tiles and stained glass windows in the front hall are a sight to see, as well as the Reading Room, and even the staircases. The W.B. Yeats exhibit was... More 

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Taranto, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

An old and severe building for the National Library in a city where the big writers are an institution. Interesting a quick visit, usually the are interesting exhibitions. You can feel the sound of Joyce's "Dubliners".

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

With in excess of 8 million items in its vast collection our National Library is a true national treasure ! The permanent Yeats exhibition is fascinating and the 1913 Lockout exhibition is a must see. Be a tourist in your own city and come explore this amazing building both outside and within. The Library Cafe- Cafe Joly is a lovely... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

In the main entry way there is a small by interesting exhibit on the Dublin Lockout with some original documents outlining the event. Worth a stop if you are in the area and it is free as well.

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The building was beautiful - only regret was that we could not take photos of the research room. The exhibition was great and not crowded at all. If you know a little about Irish literature, you would enjoy this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Exhibition showed info about the lockout of workers that damaged the labor unions' influence in 1913. This part of Irish history wasn't discussed at any museum we visited.

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