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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 #41 of 283 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's a lovely building with tons of history around it, right beside the parliament and close to the shopping area. It always has good exhibitions - Yeats is worth a visit - and the cafe is great for lunches and a break during a city vist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

The reading room rivals that of the old British Library (now at the British Museum) but the staff are just so friendly and helpful - even, sorry to have to write this, the security staff, who are just plain human. Well done, Eire, on how you train your staff, and do keep up the good work

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Pribram
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Library where the big authors went or written about. For example Dubliners story. Dublin is a really place of literature and here you get the most of it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A visual delight to rival the old reading room of the British Library, but the welcome is more sincere and the staff very helpful in both the main library and the manuscripts.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My first Irish souvenir was a library card aka Reader's card. Very nice welcome by the security guard and clear instructions on how to accomplish our tasks. The lack of desire from a librarian to address a question.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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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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