Marsh's Library



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Marsh's Library is a perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment. Designed by William Robinson and opened in 1707, it was the first public library in Ireland. It houses important collections of rare books and manuscripts. The public exhibition showcases rare and unusual items in the collection and is changed annually. It has associations with Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and James Joyce.

Marsh's Library
St Patrick's Close, DUBLIN 8, Co Dublin
Phone : 01 4543511


  • Steps to main entrance, contact to arrange visit
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open Mon & Wed-Fri, 9.30-5, Sat 10-5. Closed Tue & Sun

About the area

Discover Dublin

It is often visited on a weekend trip, but rushing around is not the best way to experience Dublin. When Ireland joined the European Union, an economic boom began that flourished in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years of the 1990s – fashion, the arts, food and Irish culture all blossomed, turning Dublin into one of the world’s hottest city destinations. Its transformation has continued into the 21st century with a technology boom.

There is something very special about this small city with its split personality – exhilarating and chic on one side but traditional, with an older generation still hanging on to pre-EU values, on the other.

One of the city’s irresistible charms is its welcoming people; so take time to relax in the pubs and cafes while absorbing the craic that is synonymous with the Irish. Slide away from the touristy themed pubs to discover the real heart of Dublin in its less well known taverns and in conversation with the locals.


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