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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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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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Recently had to go and get some old articles from this office and found the staff very helpful indeed. You can work in a lovely surrounded office in pure old fashioned luxury

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Recently had to go and get some old articles from this office and found the staff very helpful indeed. You can work in a lovely surrounded office in pure old fashioned luxury

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're in Dublin with mild curiosity but a tight budget, give the National Library of Ireland a visit. This gorgeous building- architecture buff's will delight- is home to a free genealogy service. After checking in- they also offer free locker storage for your belongings- you can meet with a personable worker and attempt to trace your families roots. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was given a few pointers about where to take my family history searching. Fabulous service. I managed to time it right and didn't have to wait too long but I imagine it will be busy at the height of the holiday season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I got a reader's card in fifteen minutes. The staff are excellent, really couldn't be better. Beatiful place, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably my second favourite museum in Dublin. There's a lot to look at, and really enjoyed the bog bodies on display! Great little gift shop as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Library, and we visited Yeats exhibition, which is very nice. It showed the original hand writing, and whole family tree. Seems a very famous and well repudiated family.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited W B Yests exhibition. It was excellent except for the exhibits in the glass cases. The lighting was not adequate in some of the cases to read the scripts. The overall lighting was dimmed, with spotlighting on various exhibits but it was very disappointing not to be able to read a lot of the scripts Well done otherwise, worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled to Dublin as a family and were drawn in by the beautiful architecture outside. When we got inside the beauty of the rooms didn't fail to disappoint my husband and I, whilst our son ran around the reception hall with a free question booklet concerning the 1916 Easter Uprising which he could fill out from reading the exhibits.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I tried a quick search here. When we walked in, a lady instantly offered assistance. She took me to a computer and set it up to search for me. She then gave me a run-down on the site and helped for a while until she was satisfied that I knew what I was looking for. Very helpful and no charge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The library is beautiful. The 1916 Rising exhibit was very informative. The Yeats exhibit though was fantastic, with excellent use of multimedia to bring what could have been a dry subject to life.

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