Scholars and students are most welcome to carry out research, and are admitted free. Applications to carry out research should be made to the Keeper in advance. You will be asked for photographic identification and for an outline of your research purpose.

Research queries can also be addressed to the Keeper by email. We advise all researchers to consult the catalogue in advance of any query.

Some of our 19th and 20th-century material is currently in restricted storage. We regret that we will require additional notice to issue this material and apologise for any inconvenience. You will be advised of this should you include any of this material in a research request.

Material from the Benjamin Iveagh Library (BI collection on the catalogue) is housed in Farmleigh House. Access can occasionally be restricted as the house may be in use for state purposes: we ask that you give us additional notice to arrange access to the material you wish to consult.

The library can admit readers from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays the reading room is open from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm. An appointment is necessary as there are a limited number of places in the reading room and an increasing demand. Regrettably, in the recent past we have had to turn away readers who had not made an appointment. We hope to be able to facilitate you, but it is advisable to contact the library for an appointment at least three days in advance, particularly if you are coming from a distance.  We also ask that you order books when making your appointment.

Readers will be asked to read and sign our Icon of Regulations for reading in Marsh's Library form Regulations for reading in Marsh's Library form (94.1 KB)You will be given a signed copy for your own files if you wish.





Regulations for reading in Marsh's Library form
Regulations for reading in Marsh's Library form
Regulations For Readers PDF(2).pdf
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