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National Library of Ireland

Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
Phone Number: 35-316-030-200
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Ranked #27 of 251 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Traveler Resources, Museums
Owner description: The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material...
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Type: Libraries, History Museums, Traveler Resources, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Thu - Fri 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 12:45 pm
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.

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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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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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