Literary Ireland

Marsh's Library

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St Patrick's Close, Dublin City, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)14543511
F: +353(0)14543511
E: keeper@marshlibrary.ie

Established in 1707 Marsh's Library is the oldest public library in Ireland Located in Dublin City, the library was built by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and contains 25,000 books as well as 300 manuscripts.

Established in 1707 Marsh's Library is the oldest public library in Ireland and houses 25,000 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th-century printed and manuscript books on history, classics, science, travel, mathematics, religion and lots more. Each working day of the year an image is posted from the unique collection on Facebook and Twitter so follow Marsh's Library and you'll be amazed at the range of material. Visitors are welcomed from across the world and are particularly happy to welcome children, who especially love using the quills and 1940s typewriter.

The current exhibition 'Imagining Japan, 1570-1750' examines early European encounters with, and interest in, Japan and displays a number of rare early maps of Japan. Tours can be booked in advance for large groups and there is a tour each day at 3pm for whoever would like to join. See website for details.

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