Catholic Central Library, Dublin

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The Central Catholic Library is a library located in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded by Fr. Stephen Brown, S.J. on June 25, 1922 with the goal of helping the laity to educate themselves. It is a voluntary subscription library and open to visitors six days a week. It has a lending section, a reference section and several collections stored in different parts of the building. It is located at 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
The Library was founded by Fr. Stephen Brown in 1922. From the outset, it provided reading rooms which were open seven days a week from 11 am. to 10 pm. Four daily newspapers were provided as well as Catholic weeklies from England, USA, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
The facilities of the reading rooms were provided free of charge and were readily availed of by people from all walks of life. Members of all denominations were welcomed - a policy which still prevails.
The Library continued to grow and expand over the following years, but on 9 March 1932 disaster struck: a serious fire destroyed the garage underneath the Reading Room. The Library suffered severely as the floor of the Lending Department became unsafe and the windows and doors were destroyed.
Two valuable collections, the Healy Collection and the Works on Sacred Art and Archaeology, were almost completely destroyed either by fire or water. The Library was forced to close for two months.
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  • Located in the vicinity of the government area, there are many museums, the Museum of Sboll Fossils Museum and so on, go to the library without money but please keep calm. If you have large items, you have to borrow them in locker. You can go to the second floor after this is very beautiful, if you want to read books must be in advance. and must be the local people
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  • 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 plac...  more »
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  • What an extraordinary place - a living monument to the great Catholic intellectual tradition. I hope they can remain on Merrion Square. They have an excellent lecture series called the First Saturday Cultural Forum but it really isn't advertised except on Facebook (which many of us don't use). It would be great if they could keep the Events section of their website updated. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2
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