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National Library of Ireland

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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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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
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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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Worth a visit for the stunning Reading Room alone

The National Library and Museum were both very good places to browse around and get the feel for Irish culture and literature. We were fortunate that the WB Yeats Exhibition was... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Library and Museum were both very good places to browse around and get the feel for Irish culture and literature. We were fortunate that the WB Yeats Exhibition was on and we spent nearly two hours walking through the many exhibits. The quality of the pieces brought together for this exhibition were amazing. There was a space to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth an hour to learn about Ireland's national poet, WB Yeats. The library hosts an extensive exhibition with many small theme rooms on various parts of the poet's life, with recorded sound and visuals. Check it out!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only have good things to say about the National Library of Ireland. Their location is really handy, their collection is the best in the country (and obviously the most complete if you're trying to research anything related to Irish history/literature), and you really feel like studying in there. A cozy place and a helpful staff. Plus your "ticket" (which is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good to be Irish! Their National Library like that of the British, is still nation's best! I loved the monuments of writers such as Oscar Wilde somewhere around the library, then inside there are so many floors and shelves of books that you can practically staying in there for days to just find your book.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

For anyone with an interest in Irish literature or books generally this is a 'must see' location in Dublin. The Yeates exhibition is well worth a visit, also of course the Reading room. Having said that I took the official tour yesterday and was disappointed. The guides delivery was was to fast so I imagine non native English speakers would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

A traditional place in a very nice neighborhood - this place is so amazing. From far away one can already see how big the building is - stunning that it would be used as a library. There are just so many books there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

We visited on a Sunday but still got in. It is great to wander. One daughter wanted to stay and get lost in all the books.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

For anyone who loves books and Irish writers, this library is an essential stop. No one can check out books -- you have to do your research here. But, oh, the place is alive with great writers that did just that. We both were sort of awe struck -- my first "library" was a trunk full of books that came... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

The Yeats exhibition is great, a really interesting and extensive display, and all for free. If you love Yeats, Irish literature, or Irish history this is a great place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

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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