National Library of Ireland


National Library of Ireland


The National Library is located on Kildare Street in the centre of Dublin.


An increasing number of our collections are searchable online, however in some cases manual catalogues housed in the Library may still be the only means to locate material. Readers who intend to visit the Library in person should consult the Collections section for full details on all catalogues, manual and online, available for the different categories of material. Readers should also check the Accessing Material section to find out how to consult items from the collection.

Online Collection This Library's Online Catalogue provides access to most printed collections with the exception of newspaper titles, which are listed separately. It also comprises manuscript and visual collections catalogued since 1990 together with records from some earlier catalogues.

Thousands of items from collections which have been digitised are also accessible though the online catalogue. This includes over 33,000 glass plate negatives from the Lawrence Royal and Cabinet, Poole Whole Plate, Independent H, Clarke, Eason, Keogh, Stereo PairsTempest and Clonbrock photographic collections.

Newspaper Database A listing of newspaper titles held in the National Library of Ireland, including information from the Newsplan Project.

Sources Database 
Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research contains over 180,000 catalogue records for Irish manuscripts, and for articles in Irish periodicals.

Manuscript Collection Lists 
The Manuscript Collection Lists provide detailed listings of the contents of manuscript collections. Browse the Manuscript Collection Lists.

Poole Database
The Poole Collection contains images taken by the family firm of AH Poole in Waterford during the period 1884-1945.

Collection Items

basic services and facilities for caravans pending the provision of permanent accommodationLink to document

Two impudent itinerant ballad-singers, obtrude themselves into the presence of Erin, and interupt "her young man", who is singing the only song she cares to listen to. - The scamps are however speedily ejected.

19 original portraits of staff employed in the Ordnance Survey between 1907 and 1920.

Ink and pencil drawing 20 x 26.2 cm

Parley with me :
Fairground Travellers, known also as Showpeople or Carnival people, are part of the larger Irish Traveller community. They are the entertainers in fairgrounds and carnivals, the people who work the booths and the rides. In the medieval era and for…

An tincéar agus an tsidheóg. :
The tinker and the fairy.

From the book Poets and dreamers :

Table of Contents:
West Irish ballads
Jacobite ballads
An Craoibhin's [i.e. Douglas Hyde's] poems
Boer ballads in Ireland
A sorrowful lament for Ireland
Mountain theology

There is a manuscript book for almost every civil (Church of Ireland) parish in the country giving the names of occupiers of each townland, the amount of land held and the sums to be paid in tithes. Because the tithes were levied on agricultural…

The process of valuation was painstakingly thorough, involving multiple visits by valuation teams to analyse all of the factors influencing the economic status of the property: the chemical and geological properties of the land; average rents paid in…
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