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.

The reading room in the NPA is open to researchers, by prior appointment only, Tues-Thur from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and Wednesday from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. You can make an appointment by phone at 01-6030373 or by emailing

“Photo Detectives” is a project which engages with the public attempting to trace the background story to striking photographs which appear in the Library archives but for which no context is currently available.

Open every day: Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm on Sundays.

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Tel: 01 603 0200.

Admission free.