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National Library of Ireland

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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 35-316-030-200
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Mon - Wed 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Thu - Fri 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 12:45 pm
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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Only the exhibitions are open on Sunday

This is a beautiful building with one of the best restrooms I have ever seen. We were unable to visit the reading room and other areas because they are closed on Sunday. What we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful building with one of the best restrooms I have ever seen. We were unable to visit the reading room and other areas because they are closed on Sunday. What we did see was the exhibition on W. B. Yeats. I never knew much about him but I did when we left the library. Many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Yeats exhibit is ongoing, and his big voice booms through the gallery like a ghost. The sound of his poems will resound in your head for a good while after your visit. A must for lit fans.

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Nis, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The building itself its worth seeing, as well as archives, if you are interesting in various documents. The current WB Yeats exhibition however is amazing, for anyone who's ever heard of Yeats. Original layout and (recorded) poetry reading transport you to another world. Also interesting was a exhibition in another section of the building, Ireland in WW1, and a very... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Great ancient architecture (sadly we cant bring cameras inside the library). It's a good exposure of Ireland history & learning experience.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I saw the long reading room on Pinterest a few years back when I got busted up by a car. I told myself that if I ever had the chance I would go there because it looked magnificent. Pictures don't do it justice. I highly recommend going if you have the chance. It has the Irish Declaration of Independence from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Fantastic Yates exhibit! A truly inspired man that I knew very little about. Both entertaining and informative. Defiantly worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Historical value and education for children and adults alike. We are from USA. For us, it was an incredible learning experience; personally, culturally, historically & a delight to interact with the staff as US citizens. We were welcomed with wide open arms and any question, no matter how trivial, was answered with warmth and genuine kindness. Hope to return soon... More 

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Fall City, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We visited the Irish National Library to talk to a genealogy librarian. My mom got more clues and hints for finding data about her great grandmother, Bridget Ryan, who emigrated to the USA during the Famine times. Woot! They have staff all day every day to help you research your family history. You can either wait in line to chat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This library is free and you might have heard that James Joyce used to hang out here. While we were in town there was a W.B. Yeats exhibit, where I learned a lot. It was cool to see all the photos in the album as you enter the exhibit and I also enjoyed learning about his various relationships and opinions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Aside from being a great library, this is an amazing building with a large front hall with a wonderful mosaic floor and the stained glass windows are of famous authors. There was a WB Yeats exhibit when I was there that rivaled an exhibit at the Smithsonian - outstanding. The library is open on Sunday and is near the Archeological... More 

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Additional Information about National Library of Ireland

Address: Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 35-316-030-200
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
Open Hours:
Monday 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 12:45 pm

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