Ranked #18 of 225 attractions in Dublin
Category: Libraries; Historic Sites
One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Founded in 1701, Marsh's...
One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Founded in 1701, Marsh's Library was the first public library in Ireland. It is a beautiful Queen Anne-style building complete with the original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature. There is also some material of a very scurrilous nature. Every year an exhibition of rare and curious items is presented from the holdings of the Library. The current exhibtion (2011) is on medicine and medical knowledge, and the exhibition from June 2012 to June 2013 will be on the development of science.