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National Library of Ireland

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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 603 0200
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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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Building full of knowledge free for sharing

This place is just across the museum, a two to five minute walk away. I walked in and there was a gentleman at the reception who greeted me. He was very enthusiastic and I can... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is just across the museum, a two to five minute walk away. I walked in and there was a gentleman at the reception who greeted me. He was very enthusiastic and I can tell he liked his job showing and telling people about the library. He told me that this is a reference library, with over 8 million... More 

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful building and magnificent library. Coffee shop very nice and currently showing a very comprehensive W. B YEATS exhibition

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the NLI for some information as I conduct family research. The genealogists were amazingly helpful. The internet terminals have instant access to many records and free access to subscription web sites. This was indispensable for my research.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in the area and had a walk in. There was a WB Yeats exhibit that was interesting. It is a beautiful building in a quiet part of Dublin.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fortunate for us, there was a special exhibit on W.B. Yeats, multi-media and outstanding. The historic building is lovely, and don't miss the reading room upstairs. Free admission.

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Thank Gail L
Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The current W. B. Yeats exhibition at the National Library is nothing short of stunning. We could have spent hours there soaking in the delightful artefacts and browsing the pieces on show. Beautifully curated and a real treat for anyone who appreciates Ireland's best loved poet.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

A hidden architectural jewel with, at the time of my visit, a wonderful and illuminating exhibition on W. B. Yeats.

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This is a must-visit attraction for anybody interested in historical or contemporary Ireland. It holds vast numbers of records; manuscripts, books, photographs and documents. Also provides a free walk in genealogy consultation service.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The was a great exhibit about the poet W. B. Yeats. We stumbled upon it by accident and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well done. The best part was that it was free.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Being naturally drawn towards libraries, I visit the National Library as often as possible. It's not only the wealth of history and knowledge within the walls, it's the building itself which draws me back each time. I can't get enough of the marvellous stair wells, the superb ceilings, the stained glass etc. Staff members are friendly and helpful, the café... More 

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