The Library’s Department of Manuscripts and the Office of the Chief Herald are housed in number 2 Kildare Street. The Manuscripts Reading Room is located on the second floor while the exhibition area is on the ground floor.
Manuscripts Reading Room
Material in the Library’s manuscripts collection must be consulted in the Manuscript Reading Room. You must hold a valid reader’s ticket to access this reading room. The Duty Archivist and reading room staff will assist you in searching for information
Services and facilities provided in the Manuscripts Reading Room include:
- Seating for 28 readers, all with facilities for laptop use
- A large table for consulting maps and outsized items
- Reference assistance
- Online access to the Library’s catalogues and databases, and to online resources
- Access to manual catalogues
- A collection of open access reference works
- A self-service photocopier
- Book cradles and other handling equipment
- One microfiche reader
- Wifi access
Note: in cases where a surrogate copy of an item in the collection exists the original items will not be issued. There are also situations where original material will not be issued even if there are no surrogates, for example in the case of items which are particularly fragile or vulnerable (and are therefore withdrawn for conservation purposes).
For security and preservation reasons a collection of James Joyce manuscripts, notebooks and workbooks acquired by the National Library in 2002 is available for readers to view on computer in the Manuscripts Reading Room. These papers consist of early James Joyce work, notes and drafts for Ulysses as well as proofs and additions to proofs for Finnegan’s Wake.
The exhibition space on the ground floor of this building originally housed the State Heraldic Museum and now houses temporary exhibitions.