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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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Lovely WB Yeats exhibit

I love that Dublin has free museum visits, and they're all definitely worth the visit. The Yeats exhibit was great, the way it was set up was really cool.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I love that Dublin has free museum visits, and they're all definitely worth the visit. The Yeats exhibit was great, the way it was set up was really cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Hubs and I spent day one in Dublin wandering around without a plan. We had read a lot of reviews here but wanted to get a feel for the area before we made solid plans. Day two we made it over to the National Library of Ireland. It was worth the walk, it's free & the Yeats exhibit is fabulous.... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Quite simply the most mesmerising small museum in Ireland. The ambiance, architecture, food and situation are second to none. The WB Yeats area is beyond what anyone can reasonably hope for and should be a place of pilgrimage for all who appreciate the works of the Greatman. However it is a museum i will never revisit. Nor for that will... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Lovely, user friendly display about Joyce and Ulysses. Extraordinary Ladies loo, with armchairs in the 'waiting area' and tiled walls. The place is a delight, not merely as a library!

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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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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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