National Library of Ireland



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Founded in 1877, the National Library of Ireland (NLI) holds an estimated 10 million items including collections of books, manuscripts, newspapers, magazines, ephemera, prints, drawings, photographs, maps and music. Visit the NLI's free exhibitions open seven days weekly. Explore the award-winning Yeats exhibition or discover more about the Irish WWI experience in World War Ireland. Visit the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, home to the NLI’s photographic collection. In addition NLI provides a free Genealogy Advisory Service for family history research. For up-to-date info on events and changing exhibitions see

National Library of Ireland
Kildare Street, DUBLIN 2
Phone : 01 6030200


  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Wed 9.30-7.45, Thu-Fri 9.30-4.45, Sat 9.30-4.45 (reading room closes at 12.45), Sun 1-4.45 (exhibitions only)

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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