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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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Great Literary location

For anyone with an interest in Irish literature or books generally this is a 'must see' location in Dublin. The Yeates exhibition is well worth a visit, also of course the Reading... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For anyone with an interest in Irish literature or books generally this is a 'must see' location in Dublin. The Yeates exhibition is well worth a visit, also of course the Reading room. Having said that I took the official tour yesterday and was disappointed. The guides delivery was was to fast so I imagine non native English speakers would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A traditional place in a very nice neighborhood - this place is so amazing. From far away one can already see how big the building is - stunning that it would be used as a library. There are just so many books there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited on a Sunday but still got in. It is great to wander. One daughter wanted to stay and get lost in all the books.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For anyone who loves books and Irish writers, this library is an essential stop. No one can check out books -- you have to do your research here. But, oh, the place is alive with great writers that did just that. We both were sort of awe struck -- my first "library" was a trunk full of books that came... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The Yeats exhibition is great, a really interesting and extensive display, and all for free. If you love Yeats, Irish literature, or Irish history this is a great place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This place is just across the museum, a two to five minute walk away. I walked in and there was a gentleman at the reception who greeted me. He was very enthusiastic and I can tell he liked his job showing and telling people about the library. He told me that this is a reference library, with over 8 million... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Wonderful building and magnificent library. Coffee shop very nice and currently showing a very comprehensive W. B YEATS exhibition

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Visited the NLI for some information as I conduct family research. The genealogists were amazingly helpful. The internet terminals have instant access to many records and free access to subscription web sites. This was indispensable for my research.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We were in the area and had a walk in. There was a WB Yeats exhibit that was interesting. It is a beautiful building in a quiet part of Dublin.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Fortunate for us, there was a special exhibit on W.B. Yeats, multi-media and outstanding. The historic building is lovely, and don't miss the reading room upstairs. Free admission.

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