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National Library of Ireland

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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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+353 1 603 0200
09:30 - 19:45
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The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of...

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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Yeats's exhibition

A permanent exhibition, the Yeats exhibit is worth a visit. It provides you with a wonderful insight into the poet's life and preoccupations.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Terence B
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A permanent exhibition, the Yeats exhibit is worth a visit. It provides you with a wonderful insight into the poet's life and preoccupations.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The central library area itself is stunning [bright domed roof] but as an attraction is not quite user/tourist friendly. You can't take any photos [?] of this area. Strange but true. I realise that it is a functioning workspace but surely there should be some room/area for visitors to browse. On the flip side downstairs there was an excellent WB... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for some help, the Genealogy section of the Library is a good place to begin. They are very helpful. They do not take "reservations" so I would go as early in the morning as possible!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is non lending library. Full of history about the books and thier authors.Free to neter as are all museums, galleries etc.

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Reviewed 23 April 2017

I went in because I knew there was a free exhibit on William Butler Yeats, which was very interesting and well done. You can also go see the library itself, though I didn't because apparently you have to leave your belongings in order to go up to the library which made me uncomfortable, and photography isn't allowed which is sad.... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Having negotiated steps no lift here and found the cloakroom not large enough and not enough boxes the library itself is impressive but there is nothing to see. The special exhibition appeared to be in another room but when I walked past it looked shut.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

The library is known for it's amazing exhibitions. The one I saw is dedicated the poet Yeates. Intelectual , poetic , dreamy and misterious all at the same time. Very recommended!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Every member of staff encountered at this place were beyond rude. Got snapped at by the front desk for carrying our coats not wearing them, then the librarian in the main reading room barked that "visitors stay over there". Genuinely was doing nothing wrong at all!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

I found I couldn't get any more information here than I had at home in America on the internet. The overworked librarian was sweet. If you're just starting ancestry research, she'll help you a bit in the genealogy room and direct you to other places. If I lived in Dublin, I'd probably go there and use the books.

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Beautiful historic building. You can go in and take a look. You can get a three month reader's card just for the asking and wifi. The readers room is beautiful and dates from 1860's. They don't allow photos so I am posting one from the web - sorry TripAdvisor. There is a WB Yeats exhibit in the downstair area. The... More 

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