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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

The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection...

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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Even the toilets are beautiful

I remember visiting the National Library, when I was in Dublin for the first time last year. It just happened that I went here first thing after arriving from the airport. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mojca J
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff here are wonderful and helpful. The reading room on the top floor is a beautiful quiet space to research historic documents. The genealogy and family history room is on the first floor and the registration desk and lockers are on the ground floor. A Yeats exhibit is currently on display on the lower level. Around the corner in... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I remember visiting the National Library, when I was in Dublin for the first time last year. It just happened that I went here first thing after arriving from the airport. The interior of the library is very beautiful and has this charming old library look :D It's also free for the public, which is nice :) Plus, even the... More 

Thank Mojca J
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was pleasently surprised by the quality of the Yeats Exhibit at the library. It was so interesting I came back the next day because there are so many different aspects of WB Yeats life exposed it took hours to see it all! History and literature come alive with these fantastic displays of Yeats' writings, love life, spirituality, and his... More 

Thank John M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extraordinary center for the culture & heritage of the Irish people & their history, marred only by its somewhat limited hours, the fact that photography of the impressive Reading Room isn't allowed, & that despite the ample offerings of the National Museum next door, the library had no gift shop. As someone who has worked in the library profession... More 

Thank Shawn F
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of interesting exhibits to see, saw a really good exhibition (quite small but interesting) exhibit on the Irish contribution to WWI as well as a good exhibit on Yeates when we visited.

Thank Matt C
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to the NLI so many times, on my genealogy project, that I've never seen it as an attraction to rate - in my mind, it is simply a wonderful, and essential, resource - with thousands of historical documents, that hold the stories of our past. With knowledgeable staff to help the genealogist and amateur family historian, the NLI... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We received great help from the genealogical staff at the library. We were able to make some real progress on our ancestor hunt. A truly beautiful building.

Thank Conlet
Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best place to research your family history vis the computers provided. Most Irish records are digitized and free to the public. Very helpful. Could spend days there.

Thank Eileen B
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful room to make use of if you have study/research to do, or just want some peace from the hustle & bustle of town. Cant bring a bag into the main hall, but lockers are provided and the staff are very friendly and helpful!

Thank James J
Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

There is a wonderful display (until Dec.) of W. B. Yeats at the museum that is very well done. The building itself is very interesting to look at. We did not go into the reading rooms.

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