National Library of Ireland

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Opened in 1890, the National Library was built for the Royal Dublin Society, which was formed in order to promote the arts and sciences in Dublin and to improve conditions for the poor. The library is now Ireland's bibliographical centre and incorporates both the Heraldic Museum and Genealogical Office. Tickets are generally issued to individuals whom the library consider to have "genuine research needs": applications can be made in person and a decision will be reached immediately. The library also regularly holds exhibitions and the Genealogical Office caters for individuals who wish to carry out family research but are unfamiliar with the library's extensive collection.

Location:  Kildare Street

Business hours:  Mo-We 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Th 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sa 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.