Libraries in Dublin

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Libraries in Dublin

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  • Benita P
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a place super cool and amazing setting at trinity. Interactive experience was also very good but nothing like seeing the book and the old library - it was superb and learnt a lot about the upkeep!
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Sarada Bonnett
    Ireland9 contributions
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    Marsh's Library in Dublin is a literary haven, steeped in history and charm. Established in 1707, it stands as one of Ireland's oldest public libraries. The moment you step through its iconic wooden door, you're transported to a bygone era. The architecture, with its wooden galleries and antique bookcases, creates an atmosphere that whispers tales of centuries past.

    The collection of rare and ancient books is nothing short of awe-inspiring. From dusty tomes to delicate manuscripts, each piece feels like a portal to a different epoch. The library's commitment to preserving these literary treasures is evident, and the sense of reverence it imparts is truly remarkable.

    Wandering through the hallowed halls, you can almost feel the intellectual energy that has permeated the space over the centuries. The tranquility is punctuated only by the creaking of the wooden floors and the occasional flutter of a turning page.

    The staff, passionate about their charge as custodians of this literary trove, are both knowledgeable and welcoming. They add a personal touch, sharing insights into the library's history and the significance of its holdings.

    Marsh's Library is not just a collection of books; it's a living testament to Ireland's literary heritage. Visiting feels like stepping back in time, providing a rare opportunity to connect with centuries of human thought and creativity. For anyone with a love for literature and history, this library is a must-visit, offering a glimpse into the past that is both enriching and profoundly moving.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • Bradlenin
    London, UK121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating building, full of treasures of Irish literature, but at the moment it is worth beating a path tro the NLI's door just to visit the FREE exhibition on WB Yeats - beautifully curated and planned out, with a great number of original manuscripts and First Editions, the best thing about it is the presntation of his poems, his politics, his lovers, his mysticism and his theatriclity, which all get dedicated areas and presentations. To understand this complex man you have to take a deep dive into all these aspects, and with this superbly mounted installation, you can do just that in about an hour and a half. Mind, you'll want to go back for more!!
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • Frank S
    Westborough, MA451 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice and free little exhibit that had some interesting photos and was a welcome respite from the rain. Pretty small and won’t take very long to see everything. There was a super cute little market right outside on the morning that we went and we got some great coffee and some of the best sausage rolls ever.
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • Doug F
    Thornbury, UK621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was very impressed with the spacious "feel" of this facility. The layout was easy to follow and the views out were spectacular.
    Written 25 July 2016
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  • finglaspete
    Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple Bar in Dublin as well as being a den of iniquity for foreign tourists to get their 'top'o'the'marnin' pint and diddly eye music or listen to buskers and be cajoled by beggars etc. It is also the centre in Dublin for photographic art, what with the Photographic Archive, a number of photo galleries and shops of which Library Project is one, a nice little place centering around the photographic image, with various merchandise on sale, but mostly books, worth a visit, you might be inspired!
    Written 17 February 2015
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  • finglaspete
    Dublin, Ireland2,558 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Situated in the Georgian Merrion Square is this wonderful Library dealing with all things religeous. If you are into this sort of thing, reading about theology, laity etc, then this has to be the place for you, unfortunately for me it wasn't, it was just lost on me, but I visited, it's on TripAdvisor waiting to be reviewed and here it is!
    Enjoy!
    Written 19 March 2015
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  • Mae B
    Ecija, Spain132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a resident of Rathgar I was honoured to be a card carrying member. Books, films, CD's, books on tape...everything in a historical building. One of the things that makes Rathmines the place where you can find anything...
    Written 26 June 2017
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  • sarahjane21715
    Dublin, Ireland42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very helpful with my students the last time we went down as my children have ASD and it can be overwhelming
    Written 7 March 2020
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  • Anne B
    Dublin224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a regular library so to be recommended for all those reasons. But it has a unique research room on the upper floor devoted to local history. It has been an invaluable aid with my genealogy studies. There are microfiche machines and computer databases available. Admission is by way of a research card so you need to produce some photo ID to register for same. Big advantage is that it opens all day on a Saturday (just not the bank holiday weekends) and does not close for a lunch hour. There is also a lovely cafe on the upper level serving decent soup, coffee etc. On the ground floor there is a lecture hall and an exhibition area so worth keeping an eye on what is going on there.
    Written 6 February 2019
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  • challa123
    Newcastle, UK10 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friends and I went to Dublin for a 3 day break. We were all so disappointed with how dirty the city was, there was all kinds of litter lying round the streets and the number of drunks and druggies that were roaming the streets was frightening and one of the locals told us to watch our belongings as there was a lot of pickpockets around. The locals that we spoke to were all very friendly and helpful but we didnt feel safe most of the time. Temple Bar area, which is supposed to be the place to go for an evenings entertainment, is a place for young people and again was full of drunks and druggies. The only day we really enjoyed was the day we went out of the city on the Dart to Bray. This is a lovely little seaside resort with a lovely promenade and marina and a few restaurants.
    Written 3 October 2015
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  • Mobile43572850785
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a lot of trouble with my word account and couldn’t get my document to print out. The lady librarian went above and beyond to help me and we spent nearly an hour getting the documents printed. She was so pleasant and helpful! She even offered me staples to gather my sheets together. Lovely bunch of people there
    Written 7 June 2023
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