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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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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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Amazing exhibits

It's difficult to construct a museum on literature, but this one is quite successful! With great exhibits for sitting and listening to Keats' poetry, and a lot about Joyce!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's difficult to construct a museum on literature, but this one is quite successful! With great exhibits for sitting and listening to Keats' poetry, and a lot about Joyce!

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Lovely building with a great history and right next door to the Dail (Irish Government) Find your Irish history through the FREE help and see can you really wear the green on St Patrick's Day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The entire place is strangely antiquated and beautiful. The reading room by Thoms Newenham Deane is one of the most beautiful rooms in Dublin. It was built after an Architectural competition of 1885. It is built of Mountcharles sandstone Talk to the assistants they will assist you in getting in to see all the wonderful original desks and the students... More 

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dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I go to the national library to do research. The staff are great and helpful but some of the equipment is antiquated. The manuscript room is lovely and bright and they can have interesting temporary exhibits downstairs

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Crestone, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

the main reading room is where Joyce spent a lot of time, it's totally breath-taking -- saw a WB Yeats exhibit that was very moving, could probably live very happily in this building -- and the cafe was excellent

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A library in the centre of Dublin which is a modern and old experience to enjoy. Genealogy and interactive displays make it an interesting visit.

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Brentwood, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

An awe inspiring dome over the reading room provides a setting with the gravitas you would expect for such a place. I loved the feel of this building.

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Glenbeigh, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Now, this is how libraries should look and feel! We have been here several times, but this is the first time we really explored the building. There is an excellent Genealogy Center on the first level with easy to use tools and great staff. The main staircase to the reference library and the reading room are a must see with... More 

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Malahide, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A stunning place to read and research, the reading room is open for visitors to see as well as do serious work. The W.B. Yeats exhibit is thoughtful and beautiful to look at. The kids asked to go back again to see more of it after lunch! All of this is free, and would highly recommend it.

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

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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