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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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Great exhibit and helpful staff

Excellent exhibition on WWI when we walked by and decided to check it out. Friendly curator who took time to discuss other resources to share information. Gave us other helpful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Charleston, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This library is for scholars, not really for the casual passerby or tourist. The building actually has an odd front: it faces a courtyard that is not open to the public, so who knows what the view truly is! You can enter the unimpressive lobby on the ground level and take a peek into the grand reading room on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent exhibition on WWI when we walked by and decided to check it out. Friendly curator who took time to discuss other resources to share information. Gave us other helpful tips about traveling between the Republic and the North.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to visit libraries, and National Library of Ireland was especially great! Free exhibits on Irish history. Caught the free afternoon lecture series: genealogy one day and an author event the next! Beautiful building and friendly staff.

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I made a quite trip to see the Reading Room at the National Library. It is right next to the National Museum of Archeology. It is very beautiful but unfortunately, no photos allowed. If you only want a quick look, it is well worth the time to pop in.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this exhibition having been unaware it was on. There was a great deal of interesting information, but presented in a highly compelling fashion, opening by introducing named individuals and following their fortunes/misfortunes during and after. We spent longer here than we expected - profoundly moving. Highly recommended.

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San Angelo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went for the William Butler Yeats exhibit-- very very well done and on top of that, it's for free. In the USA that would be a $20 entrance fee. If you are female, go to the women's bathroom. It's worth the trip- beautiful tiles!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I am not sure of how much longer the Yeats exhibit will be at NLI, if you have any interest in this exceptional man of letters, see this exhibit.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled upon the WW1 Exhibition currently on in the NLI and were so glad we did. So much interesting content and artifacts, and a real insight into Ireland at the time of the war. Well worth a visit & completely free!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building beside opposite the national museum on KIldare street. Interesting and interactive Yeats exhibition on lower ground floor, nice restaurant and must come back to see the archives another day

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

A nice place to visit as you do not need a long time to view the reading room and they had an exhibit about James Joyce.

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