What are the opening hours for Marsh’s Library?

The Library is open 9.30 to 5.00 Tuesday to Friday, and 10.00 to 5.00 on Saturday.

It is closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

If there are changes to these hours, we will advertise it on social media and on our website.

The reading room is open (by appointment only) 9.30 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 5.00, Monday to Friday.

Is Marsh’s Library wheelchair accessible?

Due to the nature of this historic building we regret that the galleries of the library are not accessible to wheelchairs.  We will always assist with lifting buggies or prams up the steps and stairs, if you ring the library on (01) 4543511. Children are always very welcome in the Library.

We can provide access to the ground floor facilities, shop and garden on request. The reading room is on the ground floor. READ MORE 

How old is Marsh’s Library?

Marsh’s Library is over three hundred years old, established in 1707.

Is the Marsh’s Library self-guided tour available in several languages?

Yes, we offer printed guides in Irish, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, and Portuguese. We also have staff members who are fluent in several languages including French, Spanish and Russian.

Is there car parking available near Marsh’s Library?

The area is well served by public transport with many bus routes nearby.

Pay and Display parking is available in St Patrick’s Close and on Bride Street. The nearest car park is on Werburgh Street. 

Can I take photos and videos inside Marsh’s Library?

Yes, you may take personal photos and videos without flash.

For commercial photography and filming, please contact us.


Can I study in Marsh’s Library?

We regret that we can only make study places available if you are reading material from Marsh’s Library. We suggest trying one of the public libraries nearby such as Kevin Street Library.


How do I apply to do research in Marsh’s Library?

All are welcome to carry out research based on material from our collections, and are admitted free of charge. More information for readers can be found here.


Can I touch or open a book?

No, sorry! Everyone wants to touch them, but because the books are over three hundred years old, they have to be handled with care. Everyone who comes to do research is shown how to support the books and how to turn the pages in our supervised reading room.

We always have an exhibition in the Library to show some of the books open: they are in just the same condition as the others on the shelves.


Are all the books in Marsh’s Library digitised?

Most of our Irish manuscripts have been digitised in collaboration with Irish Script on Screen. We are also working on a digitisation programme for our French manuscripts, and for other materials. 

Your donations help us with this, as well as all the important work of Marsh’s Library.

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