Discover it all at the National Library of Ireland

The mission of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) is to collect, protect and make available the recorded memory of Ireland.

It cares for more than ten million items including books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, prints, maps, drawings, ephemera, music and digital media, sharing the story of Ireland with the world through these unique collections.

The Library is free to anyone who wishes to consult the collections, visit the exhibitions, attend events, or enjoy the lovely café.

The main library buildings are Kildare Street, and include the magnificent Victorian reading room. The Library’s National Photographic Archive is situated in Temple Bar.

  • Lively programme of exhibitions and events for all ages, the majority of which are FREE
  • Award-winning Yeats exhibition
  • Free genealogy advisory service
  • Magnificent reading room (accessible with free Reader’s Ticket)
  • Free wi-fi for members
  • Intimate Café Joly, serving delicious treats Monday – Saturday

Open Year Round

Main Manuscripts Reading Room, Kildare Street
Monday to Wednesday: 09:30-19:45
Thursday and Friday: 09:30-16:45
Saturday: 09:30-12:45

Readers Ticket Office, Main building, Kildare Street
Monday: 10:30-12:30; 14:00-16:00; 17:00-19:45
Tuesday to Friday: 10:30-12:30; 14:00-16:00
Saturday: 09:30-12:45


Admission Prices 2018

Library and exhibition admission is free

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Leaflets are available, free, in Irish and English.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café Joly, named after the National Library’s first donor, is situated in a bright spacious sun-filled room complimented by crisp modern design and contemporary artwork. Michael & his team who offer a seasonally based menu showcasing the best of Irish produce.

PICNICS: A number of tables and chairs are located in front of the main Library building

PARKING: There is parking at Setana Place, Molesworth Street, approx 2 minutes walk from the National Library of Ireland

ACCESSIBILITY: for Wheelchair Users and Visitors with Reduced Mobility. Most of the National Library is accessible to wheelchair users, in some cases via the lift. There are steps up to the room housing the genealogy advisory service. There are accessible toilets. To assist readers with hearing difficulties, hearing loops are available. Assistance dogs may be brought into all public areas of the Library. Further information on accessibility is available by emailing

GROUPS: Group tours available (free). Pre-booking required.

SCHOOL / EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES: The collections of the National Library constitute a unique learning resource for students of all aspects of Irish history and culture. They have devised a broad educational programme to maximise this potential, providing a wide range of services for primary, post-primary, third level students, lifelong learners and educators. For all enquiries contact

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available in the reading rooms to registered readers.

ACCOLADES & AWARDS: Winner of an eGovernment Award in the category ‘Promoting Ireland Overseas’ (2016).

Getting There

The National Library of Ireland’s main building is located at 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, beside the Dáil. The Library has a further exhibition space at 3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 and The National Photographic Archive is located at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

All are within a short walking distance of the Grafton Street shopping area and St. Stephens Green. All locations are well serviced by public transport (bus, Luas and Dart).

Map Location: 53.341098, -6.254482
Contact National Library of Ireland

Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Eircode: D02 P638
T: +353(0)1 603 0200
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