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National Library of Ireland

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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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

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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Interesting for book-lovers or architecture-lovers

I just wanted to visit, and was not researching anything (nor would I have known how to), so it was really a short visit (c. 15 minutes) The round room upstairs has a beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Eimear C
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I just wanted to visit, and was not researching anything (nor would I have known how to), so it was really a short visit (c. 15 minutes) The round room upstairs has a beautiful ceiling. The atmosphere was lovely. Quite a nice (small) gift shop, and a really nice cafe, which I think has quite late opening hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just drop in here and look around -- it is free -- including a look at the amazing reading room upstairs (photography not allowed, but you can be discreet). You'll be in and out in 20 minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great help from when we arrived to when we left - the man at the front was very helpful as were the librarians - We visited with a purpose in mind to check out the records to find long lost relatives - make sure you check if the right staff are there to help you with any research on Genealogy-... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I took a friend to the National Library cafe for a light lunch. The cafe atmosphere was excellent and the room was busy attractive and reflected the atmosphere of this magnificent building. My friend ordered hot Thai soup and I ordered the vegetable soup which was pleasant and my friend declared the Thai soup to be excellent. I ordered a... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We saw several really cool exhibits at the National Library of Ireland. The National Library of Ireland is Ireland's national library located in Dublin, in a building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane. Our favorite was probably the display of Ireland's role in World War I. World War Ireland is a free exhibition at the National Library of Ireland that focuses... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Its worth popping into here if your in the area. Although there is not a vast amount to see, the upstairs reading room with it's domed glass ceiling is quite impressive. When I visited in November, they had a special exhibition on the life and works of Yates which was comprehensive and interestingly set out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

It is nice architecture, and it looks like they have people to help with tracing your roots. Everyone was friendly and it was worth walking around.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We wondered in on the way to the Archeology Museum and found a small WWI exhibit that was so interesting we spent much of a day there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

A lovely, quiet thoroughly book-ish library. Archives of "family records" available on rather dated microfiche (sp?). We'd almost forgotten how to use it! Though there's not enough staff, those that are "on duty" are friendly, helpful & informative. Located just across from the Museum of Archeology, lots to see & do in the entire area. Just a block or two... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The Dublin Library is in a beautiful historic building which has all the architectural features you would expect here in Dublin. Facilities are great, staff very helpful and friendly and great for a visit.

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