All items in the library are listed on our online catalogue.

The reading room remains closed until further notice.

We look forward to arranging reader appointments when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Information below outlines our normal practice.

Scholars and students are welcome to carry out research based on material from our collections, and are admitted free of charge. Research queries and applications to read should be made in advance to

The reading room is open 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, but closed in the afternoon. An appointment is necessary as there are a limited number of places in the reading room and an increasing demand. It is advisable to contact the library for an appointment at least three days in advance.

As a listed building we regret the library galleries are not wheelchair accessible. However, there is a ramp to our seminar room and reading room.  If you have any mobility difficulties please let us know in advance.

Readers will be asked for photographic identification and must read and sign our Regulations for consulting manuscripts and rare books.

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 is housed in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. These items are identified as “Benjamin Iveagh” within the facets on the right-hand side of the online catalogue. The Benjamin Iveagh Library is sometimes closed at short notice when Farmleigh House is in use for official state business. Please contact for further details.

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