Literary Ireland

National Library of Ireland

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2 Kildare Street, Dublin,
T: +353(0)16030259
F: +353(0)16766690

The National Library of Ireland situated in Dublin City is home to more than 8 million items. It hosts an award-winning exhibition about W.B. Yeats as well as children’s exhibitions. Free guided tours are offered.

The National Library of Ireland collects and preserves the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland. It is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections; receive assistance from the genealogy advisory service; and visit the award-winning exhibitions. Current exhibitions include Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, which has been described in The Irish Times as “one of the most important literary exhibitions yet staged internationally”.

Complete your visit with delicious food in Café Joly. With an emphasis on local, seasonal, and artisan produce, Café Joly offers Irish cheese and charcuterie boards, smoked fish plates and patés, homemade soups and sandwiches, along with while great coffee and teas, and home-baked cakes, scones and tarts.

**Exhibitions currently running at the National Library of Ireland**

Yeats: The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats
The National Library of Ireland continues to welcome the public to Yeats: The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats – an award-winning exhibition for people of all ages and nationalities, which explores the story and the many works of one of Ireland’s most famous poets.
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed: 9.30am-7.45pm; Thurs - Sat: 9.30am– 4.45pm; Sun: 1pm–4.45pm

Exhibition is free of charge.

The Dublin Lockout: This free exhibition draws upon the National Library’s extensive historical and literary collections to explore the 1913 Dublin Lockout. It looks at the background, events and aftermath of the Lockout, sharing with visitors the experiences of those who lived through the largest industrial conflict in Irish history.
No.2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Opening times: Mon – Wed: 9.30am-7.45pm; Thurs - Sat: 9.30am– 4.45pm; Sun: 1pm–4.45pm

Exhibition is free of charge.

Working Lives 1893-1913: The National Photographic Archive opens its doors to the public to display Working Lives 1893-1913 – an exhibition of the Mason and Poole photographic collections which look at the day-to-day life of industrial workers a hundred years ago. Visitors can travel back in time to view unique images of men, women and children employing the tools of their various trades.
National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm, Sun 12pm-4.45pm

Exhibition is free of charge.

How to Get There - Bus: all routes to City Centre | Dart: Pearse Station | Lusa: Green Line to St. Stephen’s Green