Café Joly

Café Joly, named after the National Library's first donor, is situated in a bright spacious sun-filled room complimented by crisp modern design and contemporary artwork.

It is operated by Michael & his team who offer a seasonally based menu showcasing the best of Irish produce. Inspiration is taken from the high quality of producers such as Gubbeen meats, Crozier blue cheese, Burren Smoke house, Hansel & Gretel bakery and many more.

The lunch menu from midday throughout the day offers two soups, a warming stew, hearty quiches and pies served with colourful tasty homemade salads. Enjoy some of the most interesting sandwich combinations served on fresh ciabatta with delicious homemade chutneys, pickles & jams. Or try our Cup&Crust option allowing you to mix and match your choice of soup & sandwich.

Outside of busy lunchtimes the cafe is a space of calm & relaxation.

Enjoy excellent Essence coffee & Numi tea with delicious scones, pastries and cakes from Hansel & Gretel Bakery. It is the ideal spot for informal meetings, and tables can be reserved.

During the warmer months the café has a sun drenched outdoor terrace perfect for al fresco dining & watching the world go by. Take away food and beverages are available.

The café also manages all events held in the beautiful Front Hall of the Library. Book launches, welcoming parties -  even birthdays. For more information on this please contact Michael on 01 6030257 or email

Opening hours

Mon/Tues/Weds 9.30 am to 6pm

Thurs/Fri 9.30am to 5 pm

Sat 10am to 2.30pm * lunch not served at present. Please check back for updated information.

The Joly Café.
The Joly Café.
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