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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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Great Yeats Exhibit

Entrance is free, and I stumbled onto a very nice exhibit there focusing on William Butler Yeats. This place is certainly worth some of your time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Entrance is free, and I stumbled onto a very nice exhibit there focusing on William Butler Yeats. This place is certainly worth some of your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were very excited about seeing the National Library. Although the reading room was certainly impressive you are not actually allowed to enter unless you are doing research. You still can have a good look around and there are other interesting books and rooms to visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Visited. Had to place bags and coats into a locker. Not allowed to touch or look at any books... Wasn't worth visiting as the main area had a stunning painted ceiling and wasn't even allowed to take a photo with no flash. Beautiful domed room.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I visited during the W. B. Yeats exhibit and was really nicely done! They had many nice pieces, a lot of information, and some beautiful artistic renditions to help put you in the feel of the author's works. Very lovely presentation. The main library is neat, and while you cannot wear a coat or bring a purse/backpack inside, you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It is the year of Yeats. Not to be missed is the lively and comprehensive Yeats exhibit here, which transcends any dry and boring ideas you might expect in a museum show about a poet. For the Gossip Generation, you can even can sit in a room that replicates his and watch a film about the man's colorful personality and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The National Library of Ireland is so much more than a library. Reasons to visit include: an iconic and history building, a most impressive entrance lobby, an excellent genealogical research centre, and - at present - a wonderful W.B. Yeats display with the words of his famous poems echoing around the room, plus (just down Kildare Street at No. 2)... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited the Family History Service and found the most helpful and friendly genealogist. She gave us very useful advice and some well directed clues to help us in our search for elusive Irish ancestors. And we were enthralled by the beautiful historic building, itself well worth a visit. We found the library easily by taking a Hop on Hop... More 

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Killarney, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Long, long line. Beautiful envireroment. Fantastic location. Very heplful staff at entrance, yet few staff throughout

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The exhibit has been made permanent now, a very good thing because no one should miss the skillfully mounted displays, creative films and little atmospheric rooms, and, bet of all, the poetry of W.B. Yeats.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Fantastic place for genealogical research. The staff are very helpful and are willing to spend as much time with you as needed. They can give you a lot of clues about where to search, even if you've been researching for a long time like me. Love this place.

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