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National Library of Ireland

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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
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Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of...

The National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material in the world. There are three reading rooms and a Genealogy Advisory Service to assist family history researchers. The Library also has two major exhibitions, the multi-awarding winning 'Yeats : the life and work of WB Yeats' and 'Strangers to Citizens : the Irish in Europe 1600-1800'. Entry to the Library and exhibitions is free.

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Good quick stop

I went in because I knew there was a free exhibit on William Butler Yeats, which was very interesting and well done. You can also go see the library itself, though I didn't... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went in because I knew there was a free exhibit on William Butler Yeats, which was very interesting and well done. You can also go see the library itself, though I didn't because apparently you have to leave your belongings in order to go up to the library which made me uncomfortable, and photography isn't allowed which is sad.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having negotiated steps no lift here and found the cloakroom not large enough and not enough boxes the library itself is impressive but there is nothing to see. The special exhibition appeared to be in another room but when I walked past it looked shut.

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Thank John W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is known for it's amazing exhibitions. The one I saw is dedicated the poet Yeates. Intelectual , poetic , dreamy and misterious all at the same time. Very recommended!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Every member of staff encountered at this place were beyond rude. Got snapped at by the front desk for carrying our coats not wearing them, then the librarian in the main reading room barked that "visitors stay over there". Genuinely was doing nothing wrong at all!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I found I couldn't get any more information here than I had at home in America on the internet. The overworked librarian was sweet. If you're just starting ancestry research, she'll help you a bit in the genealogy room and direct you to other places. If I lived in Dublin, I'd probably go there and use the books.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful historic building. You can go in and take a look. You can get a three month reader's card just for the asking and wifi. The readers room is beautiful and dates from 1860's. They don't allow photos so I am posting one from the web - sorry TripAdvisor. There is a WB Yeats exhibit in the downstair area. The... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was just there to take a quick peek at the library and we were greeted by a volunteer in the genealogy department. He couldn't have been nicer. Offered to do a computer search for my ancestors and found my great great grandfather with a few keystrokes! Library is beautiful! Recommend.

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Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there with my teenager and she loved the W.B. Yeats exhibit, his story and timeline as a poet, writer and his interest in the occult. Great for literature buffs

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptional for genealogical research. The William Butler Yeats exhibit was really interesting. A weird observation I know, but the toilets were so spacious!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited last week on spur of moment to search some family history records. Ample number of terminals in the records' room and all working without hitch. There was a very pleasant and helpful gent on duty who advised us on the context for each search website and directed us on use of the equipment. Records available were much more complete... More 

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