For lovers of rare books: the National Library of Ireland is the official library of the Republic of Ireland. Located in the heart of Dublin, it offers its visitors a large collection of high quality volumes. What’s more, there is no charge for on-site consultation: why deprive yourself?
Attention: the National Library of Ireland is a place that will be as much a passion for the lover of old books as it will be for the traveller who does not appreciate this type of place.
The place is nevertheless worth the detour: if only because of the beauty of the building. Designed by Thomas Newenham Deane in 1877, the library elegantly blends Georgian, Victorian and neo-classical styles.
Inside, beautiful circular rooms, furnished with numerous shelves and tables will invite you to immerse yourself in one of the library’s countless books. Be careful: calm and silence are de rigueur!
Here, the atmosphere is studious, almost religious. It smells like old paper, leather bindings and the place is ideal to plunge into the heart of a precise subject…
Big advantage: the National Library of Ireland is free to anyone who wishes to consult the books in the library. (Please note that the library does not allow anyone to borrow their books, only to read them on site. Please note that some books that are too fragile cannot be consulted, and are stored in a protected room).
But we reassure you: you will not be outdone as the collection of books is vast! There is something for all tastes: old and new, and all subjects are covered: sociology, theology, philosophy, geography, history, literature, law, politics, economics, medicine, sciences… etc.
Not to mention old manuscripts, as well as newspapers and other periodicals.
In short, a fantastic playground for students and enthusiasts wishing to deepen their knowledge!