National Photographic Archive

National Photographic Archive

The National Photographic Archive houses the photographic collections of the National Library of Ireland (5.2 million photographs). There is a reading room and a gallery which showcases a programme of regularly changing exhibitions. Over 20,000 glass plate negatives (1870-1954) have been digitised and are viewable online.

People & Places: Ireland in 19th & 20th Centuries, is the current exhibition.

There are several online exhibitions, and most of the archive is available to view online at

Opening Hours:
Open 7 days: 10am – 4pm
The reading room in the NPA is open to researchers, by prior appointment only.

Contact & Pricing:
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 603 0200
Admission free