Marsh's Library, Dublin

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Marsh's Library is a perfectly preserved building of the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment. It has changed little in 300 years. Its collections are of European and world significance.

The library is open to the public and children are particularly welcome. Scholars may consult our holdings by arrangement.

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  • It's so wonderful that a place like this still exists. It's like going back in time to the early 1700's.  more »
  • Are you a book lover? old wooden libraries? smell of paper? Here's the place for you! The Marsh Library offers a spectacular! The library is close to St. Patrick's Cathedral and costs only 5 euros. A kind gentleman will welcome you and explain in the simplest possible way the characteristics of this library... one of them the cages down the hall! It's up to you to find out why. Recommended! Interesting lap and chance to make funny photos at the end of the ride with writing with nib to try!
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  • When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. The books on the shelves certainly seem old! A travel back in time experience, especially in this age of ebooks and audio books. However, the books on the shelves cannot be touched.
  • We happened upon this little library on a wander about Dublin and it's an absolute little gem. Some of the books actually have bullet holes from 1916 rising! There's a little section to try your hand at calligraphy... it's a lot harder than it looks btw! The staff are very friendly and will share a story or two if asked or interested
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