National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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Lose yourself among the stacks and shelves of National Library of Ireland, a reference library with endless amounts of Irish material. You can peruse books, maps, manuscripts, music, newspapers, periodicals, and photographs, and even collections from famous writers such as James Joyce and Roddy Doyle. Even if literature is not your thing, you can still admire the library's architecture and antique decor. Do not miss the reading room for a visual treat, featuring stained-glass windows, marble accents, and an exquisite cupola. Check the library's website ahead of time for special exhibitions. Make National Library of Ireland a part of your Dublin vacation plans using our Dublin trip itinerary app .
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  • We were drawn in by the beauty of this building. It was designed by Thomas Newenham Deane. We were told that the mission of the library is “To collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the docume...  more »
  • Most of Dublin has changed so much since Bloomsday, now more than a century ago, but the library itself, with it's lovely dome and quiet readers is as it was. I imagine the room where "The Quaker libr...  more »
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  • The reading room is an absolutely stunning sight that anyone and everyone should try to take in when visiting Dublin. There are, however, very strict rules about where you can stand in the room if you are not using the library for its intended purposes. Photography is banned and standing areas are very clearly demarcated.
  • Best place for studying, they keep it really quiet (sometimes can hear some baby crying), and you can take lovely tiny breaks just looking at the gorgeous ceiling. Is normal if they don't let people use writing tools other than their pencils, sure they do it for a consistent reason. Such a classy toilets with copper pipework, glassware and sofas, and other uncountable architectural and decorative details throughout the building
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