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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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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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Don't miss the Yeats Exhibit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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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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Mannum, Australia
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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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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

What a beautiful library. We stopped at the reception desk and asked if they had a geology section. The woman we sat down with saved me days and hours of research in such a short visit. I gave her a name, approximate year in Dublin and she gave me results almost instantaneously. She also presented me with a lot of... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The reading room is gorgeous, with a high dome done in teal and white providing much light for readers. No photography permitted, regrettably. A fine exhibit in the basement celebrating W. B. Yeats' 150th birthday. And be sure to catch lunch in the cafe. A very nice menu and environment. Did I miss their gift shop?

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

To be honest I found this by accident, as it's situated next to Leinster House and better still, it was opened until 7.45pm on a Wednesday. I was amazed by how few visitors were taking advantage of the late opening hours and free entry, so it clearly needs better advertising. On the day of my visit there was a free... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I went to the National Library specifically to meet with a genealogy consultant. The woman I met with was great and very knowledgeable. We spent about an hour together and she was able to piece together a part of my family's history in Ireland. Very worthwhile!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Stunning library close to the National Museum of Ireland, Leinster House and others. Definitely worth paying a visit, since it is costless. It is forbidden to take pictures though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We visit the national library we family home from america it was grate to look up family history.the books and decor are just breath taking and gives you a feel of old history.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I was on a cruise that stopped in Dublin for a day, and I made a beeline for the National Library to see the Yeats exhibit, as he is my favorite poet. i had high standards, and I was thrilled with the exhibit! I wish I could get my hands on the documentaries they had running in various rooms, because... More 

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Additional Information about National Library of Ireland

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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