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The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin

The National Library of Ireland in Dublin is Ireland's is housed in a building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane and established in 1877. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is the member of the Irish Government responsible for the library. The National Library of Ireland states that's its purpose and philosophy is 'To collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge' The national library is a major reference library and does not lend out books. It has huge quantities of Irish and Irish-related material which can be consulted without charge; this includes books, maps, manuscripts, music, newspapers, periodicals and photographs. The reading room (illustrated below) is a wonderful piece of architecture in which to peruse some interesting document or book.
The Chief Herald of Ireland and National Photographic Archive are also attached to the Ireland's national library. The library holds exhibitions e.g. on W. B. Yeats and holds an archive copies of the major Irish newspapers. The national library also provides a number of other services including genealogy.

The buildings of the National Library, Dublin, and the National Museum buildings directly opposite, are similar

 

This is housed in a similar, and opposite to the National Museum (above) across the car park in front of Leinster House (Irish Parliament). The entrance interior forms a most beautiful part of this magnificent building.

 

The interior of the Irish National Library, Dublin - the main reading room

 

The highly decorated roof and ceiling of the reading room in the National Library of Ireland.

 

Some of the splendid decoration in the National Library of Ireland!

 

The National Library of Ireland, Dublin

 The library had in (Feb 2007) a huge and fascinating exhibition-displays of the life and works of W B Yeats.

 

The permanent Yeats exhibition of the National Library of Ireland.

 

Stained glass windows in the foyer of the Irish National Library of Ireland

 

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The Cafe in the National Library of Ireland

 


Leinster House and the Department of the Taoiseach

Leinster House, Kildare Street, and on the other side in Merrion Street Upper is the Department of the Taoiseach (picture below and next page. Leinster House is set between the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the National Library of Ireland.

 

 

 

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