The National Library of Ireland constitutes the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material in the world and offers an invaluable representation of Ireland’s history and heritage.
Material acquired through Legal Deposit, donations and purchases is subsequently processed for storage and access. Providing appropriate storage and care for all collections is a vital part of their work and ensures its preservation for future generations.
The collections are grouped into four categories: Printed, Manuscripts, Visual, and Digital. The Office of the Chief Herald and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are all part of the National Library.
The library additionally has a lively programme of exhibitions and events for all ages.
It is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections. However, you will need a Reader’s Ticket to consult most categories of material.