With over eight million items in its collection, the National Library of Ireland in Dublin City is home to the most comprehensive compilation of Irish documentary material in the world. From music, periodicals and photographs to maps, manuscripts and genealogical material, the library offers and provides free access to an invaluable representation of Irish heritage.
Explore the poetry and legacy of Ireland’s greatest poet in the award-winning exhibition “Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats”. The “Discover Your National Library” exhibition showcases some of the wonderful items from the collection, including rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and ephemeral items.
Free public tours of the Yeats exhibition take place on Wednesdays (1.00 pm) and Saturdays (3.00 pm). A guided tour celebrating the history and heritage of the library takes place each Saturday at 2.30pm. No booking is required.
Particles of the Past Exhibition
To celebrate Dublin City of Science 2012, the interactive, multimedia exhibition “Particles of the Past” showcases a fascinating selection of science-related gems from the National Library collections. With topics ranging from 17th century home remedies collected by Robert Boyle to the engineering feat of Ardnacrusha, from a handwritten journal recording Captain Cook’s second voyage to early photography the exhibition has something for everyone.
Exhibitions, genealogy advisory service, reading rooms, café, wheelchair accessible. Group bookings for tours available.
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