The Library, and don't be fooled by the title it is much more than a library, is one of the most interesting and beguiling places to visit in Dublin. The range of contents from Mughal miniatures, Koranic manuscripts, Buddhist and Taoist statuary, Japanese art, leather book bindings and Christian illuminated manusripts is staggering. So is the world-class quality... All for free. How is the place not crowded out the doors, located so conveniently in the heart of the Dublin Castle complex - itself worth visiting ? There are one hour guided tours that are well worth taking. Ours was led by Dr Heidi who was a model: knowledgeable, enthusiastic and humorous. Always willing to respond to questions or particular interests of her audience. She shared the love of the Library that is a hallmark of so many of the staff. As we went around after the tour, a guard gave us a quick introduction to the netsuke collection. Don't forget the excellent in-house restaurant at the end of your visit
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