National Library of Ireland, Dublin

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Library
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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  • Gorgeous building. Yeats exhibition downstairs and they have lots of literature related events on throughout the year.  more »
  • Excellent collection of books, fabulous building aswell and really enjoyed studying within the reading room! Staff are quite friendly and helpful  more »
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  • Very nice and calm stop, away from tourist masses. Entrance and exhibition are free, take photos is allowed except in the reading room. Worth a relaxing break.
  • 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.
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