Unchanged for three centuries, this perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment, with its original oak bookcases, houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books.

The library is open to the public and children are particularly welcome. Scholars may consult our holdings by arrangement.


OPEN: 9:30am–5.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 10.00am–5.00pm Saturday.

CLOSED: Tuesdays, Sundays and bank holidays, and at Christmas and New Year.

READING ROOM OPEN BY APPOINTMENT: 9:30am–5.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 9:30am–1.00pm Tuesday.


Marsh's Library, St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08FK79

Our visitors say:
"A hidden gem in Dublin"
"Una visita emozionante"

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