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National Library of Ireland

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Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 603 0200
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Beautiful building and impressive library

I popped in while next door to Leinster House. Bags need to be checked in before entering the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda B
Raleigh, North Carolina
A former student of W.B. Yeats hits the mother lode

I'm an American who first connected with W.B. Yeats in high school and later immersed himself in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lex A
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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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Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
South City Centre
+353 1 603 0200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I popped in while next door to Leinster House. Bags need to be checked in before entering the actual library. I really wanted to take photos of the interior but they are not allowed and I didn't feel "lucky" that afternoon!

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm an American who first connected with W.B. Yeats in high school and later immersed himself in Yeats at university in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The library currently has an exhibition on Yeats, and Jesus God, this is the mother lode -- among...More

Thank Lex A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We popped in as this library was near our hotel. Beautifully maintained old library. You do need to hand over your bags and place them in a free locker while inside. There's an area you can look on computers to research your relatives from long...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the library to see about some family genealogy. The gentleman on the main desk was so friendly - you are not allowed knapsacks and bags in the library, however they provide free lockers for you. Once in the genealogy room, the librarian...More

Thank TwinBoysMom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very beautiful building that even has a little coffee area. Even the bathroom tile work was impressive. No photos allowed in the reading room, but you should go upstairs to see it.

Thank 1407gardens
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The main reading room is quite beautiful, as are the stained glass windows in the foyer and up the stairs. It's a working research library, so not a place to hang around for long. All bags must be checked into self-service lockers before visiting the...More

Thank Su O
Reviewed 4 July 2017

But the rest library was closed. The exhibit was well done and I would recommend it. Had videos of a number of readers, actors, and poets reading Yeats. Not having read Yeats in 40 years, this was a very nice way to recall

Thank Dave-Marilyn-15301
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Informative and moving Yeats exhibition as well as other exhibits. The main reading room is also worth a visit.

Thank hypefreetravel
Reviewed 28 June 2017

My wife wanted to stop in to get info (for her mother) on a relative born in 1841 in Northern Ireland. I was amazed they had a full time person there to help with exactly that. She spent time helping my wife search multiple locations...More

Thank ScottCalder
Reviewed 27 June 2017

The building is now wonderful, light and airy, the central courtyard is a triumph, with a lovely sculpture.

Thank Stormy_10
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Margaret N
22 August 2015|
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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
Hilary H
2 August 2015|
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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