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Explore the National Library of Ireland

National Library of Ireland in Dublin
Designed by Thomas Newenham Deane, the national library of the Republic of Ireland houses the most comprehensive collection of Irish documents in the world. It has become a valuable resource center for those who want to trace their Irish history and heritage. The collection includes photographs, prints, drawings, books, newspapers, and maps. Reading rooms are open to the public so visitors can spend time studying genealogy. The library also hosts numerous educational events, lectures, and literary events throughout the year.


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  • International Women's Day lectures
  • Limerick Literary Festiva
  • Adult learning courses


  • Live talks
  • Research workshop
  • Children's event
  • Cafe
  • Curator-guided tour
  • Reading Room


  • Can I look through catalogues and family history databases at the museum?

    Yes. Many visitors come to the library to do family research and can use the genealogy advisory service for assistance. The museum houses hundreds of catalogues and family history databases for those who want to do in-depth research in person. Online databases are also available.
  • Can I visit the National Library’s Reading Room?

    Visitors are welcome to visit the main Reading room and attend special events and programs held in the Main Reading Room throughout the year. A virtual 360-degree tour of the Main Reading Room is available on the library’s website.

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