National Library

National Library

The National Library houses books, prints, manuscripts, newspapers, music, ephemera and genealogical material. It is the best collection of Irish documentary heritage in the world.

There are three current exhibitions:

Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats – This exhibition has been described in The Irish Times as “one of the most important literary exhibitions yet staged internationally,” opened to unanimous acclaim on May 25, 2006. Since then, over a quarter of a million people of all ages and nationalities have delighted in the experience of this award-winning exhibition.

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again – This exhibition takes the visitor on a multi-sensory journey from Heaney’s origins through his remarkable poetic career.  The exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive archive of Heaney documents and features Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, note books, and multi-media recordings. This is the first exhibition to be housed in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre within Bank of Ireland’s College Green complex.

People & Places: Ireland in 19th & 20th Centuries – Look back through the camera lens at 150 years of life in Ireland in images selected from some of our most popular photographic collections.

For full information about current exhibitions, see

Opening Hours:
The National Library of Ireland is located at four separate buildings, within walking distance of each other in Dublin city centre.
All of the buildings are open to the public free of charge.

Exhibitions, tours and special events are available in the different locations.
To read about occasional public tours of the Library, see
Check the website for exact location, opening times and availability of all attractions.

Contact & Pricing:
Tel: 01 603 0200
Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Admission free