Accessing Printed Collections and Microfilm

Opening Hours: Please note that from 24 Nov to 31 Dec, all locations will close at 5pm every day.

You can order up to 5 items for each order cut-off time  in person in the Main Reading Room, by telephone to 01 6030 213, or by completing the online order form.

You can also reserve items for use on a subsequent day. Items may be held for up to 1 week.

Order Cut-off Times

Monday - FridaySaturday
9.30am9.30am
10am10am
12pm11.30am
2pm
3.30pm


Please note that orders for the 9.30am delivery must be placed by the last delivery time on the previous working day. For example, orders for 9.30am on Monday must be placed by 11.30am on the previous Saturday. Orders placed after this time will be made available at 10am. This will ensure the prompt availability of material in the Reading Rooms.

Christmas arrangements for retrieval of items from offsite storage

The last retrieval of material from offsite storage will take place on Thursday, 18 December 2014 for access in the Reading Room on Friday, 19 December 2014.  The first retrieval in 2015 will be on Thursday, 8 January 2015 for access in the Reading Room on Friday, 9 January 2015.  Orders must be placed before 2pm on the previous day, i.e. items must be requested before 2pm on Wednesday for delivery to the Reading Room the following Friday.

Additional Information

Books
Yeats material must be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Most of the General (non-Irish) Collection is kept in our offsite store. Orders for offsite material must be placed before 2pm on Wednesdays for access in the Reading Rooms on Fridays.

Periodicals
As some periodicals require binding, a delay can exist between the time an issue is received by the Library and the time it can be made available to the public.

The extensive nature of the collection necessitates that part of it is stored offsite. Orders for offsite material must be placed before 2pm on Wednesdays for access in the Reading Rooms on Fridays.

Newspapers
Most Newspapers are accessed either on microfilm or digital format, while some titles are only available in hardcopy. The newspaper record in the Newspaper Database indicates both dates held & format for each title. If microfilm or digital formats are available, the hardcopy is not issued. The database also contains information on the latest date available for current titles.

Additionally, some newspapers are stored off-site and are subject to a delay in retrieval. These are listed in the Newspaper Database. Orders for offsite material must be placed before 2pm on Wednesdays for access in the Reading Rooms on Fridays.

Official Publications
Most Official Publications are held onsite in the Main Library. Exceptions to this are the EU and World Trade Organisation publications, and also older UN and OECD material, which are held offsite. Orders for offsite material must be placed before 2pm on Wednesdays for access in the Reading Rooms on Fridays.