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National Library of Ireland

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
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We took time out to visit the library and it was the most perfect way to spend time. Relaxing in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kate K
Dublin, Ireland
Beautiful & inspiring reading room in a literary mecca

I went to the national library reading room for the first time on the recommendation of a Spanish... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lynda M
Dublin, Ireland
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Visit the National Library of Ireland (NLI), where Ireland’s story is an open book. Enjoy the NLI’s lively programme of events and exhibitions, consult its collections, get help tracing your family tree and drop by Café Joly for a quick coffee or...more
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Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 603 0200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took time out to visit the library and it was the most perfect way to spend time. Relaxing in the read out loud inspirational space, listening to the beautiful words of W B Yeats.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the national library reading room for the first time on the recommendation of a Spanish friend. It is really one of Dublin hidden gems, so well done her! I checked my bags into the free lockers and brought some research books, climbing...More

Thank Lynda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped to see the National Library of Ireland after our stop at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library. The National Library of Ireland was bright and nicely colored in wonderful variants of seafoam greens and white against the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I always go there when I have free time to read a book that I do daily or a book from the library there. It is very quiet and peaceful, And love the architecture 😊

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

Stained glass windows, beautiful rotunda, majestic columns inside and out, detailed wood sculptures, mosaic floor, marble-canistered stairwell -- this is what you see upon entry into the building! You have to leave your backpack/bags, etc. in a cubby and go upstairs to see the grandiose...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Visited the new Séamus Heaney Exhibit in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on College Green as part of an Irish language tour. Our guide Aoileann was incredibly knowledgeable and skillfully brought us through the informative exhibition which is artfully laid out to...More

Thank JohnEOL
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We spent 3 hours enjoying the Seamus Heaney Exhibit: which is NOT at the National Library on Kildare, but at The Bank of Ireland building opposite Trinity College. With excellent videos, a complete display of Heaney's books, the voice of Seamus Heaney himself (with text...More

Thank CanBrit1
Reviewed 15 September 2018

The location of this celebration of the great poet's life emphasises once again how regrettable it is that the grand former Irish Parliament building is in private ownership as opposed to being wholly available as a home for cultural exhibitions. In the foyer an exhibition...More

Thank permia
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

The library is free to visit and they have a genealogy center you can use. Computers have access to several sites and there are people there who will help you. The library has more than one building and they have traveling exhibits. We went to...More

Thank Texasirishblonde
Reviewed 4 September 2018

I only had a short time in Dublin and hadn't intended visiting the National Library but had heard so much about W. B. Yeats on several other tours that when I saw the sign outside it was too good an opportunity to be missed. What...More

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Response from OmarKhayyam | Reviewed this property |
While there at this free institution, take time to stop at the coffee shop for some make-it-yourself crumpet dessert with strawberries and cream then add a spot of tea!
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Response from averil s | Reviewed this property |
There are genealogists on duty some days during the week and you can probably e-mail to check which day. Re accommodation you can check airbnb where people advertise accommodation in their own homes at a reasonable price... More
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Response from 2014Helen67 | Reviewed this property |
have you logged on to ancestry info on your computer and got information from births and deaths in ireland? ring the irish embassy and you will find someone there will direct you in the right way. you seem to have the names... More