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“Dublin University Review,” March 1885 featuring a piece by T.W. Lyster of the National Library.“Dublin University Review,” March 1885 featuring a piece by T.W. Lyster of the National Library.

A periodical can include anything from an annual report, trade or social directory, professional scholarly journal, religious magazine to a small community publication. Scholarly journals are a key element in the history of the disciplines concerned and form the essential record of debate in any subject. We recall that many great authors first made it into print in the pages of periodicals such as Yeats and Joyce. Contemporary literary magazines continue to give scope to young writers. Local community publications serve in building a great sense of community and record for future generations the local history of the area, what were their joys and sorrows, enterprises and environmental concerns. There has been a great increase also in publishing aimed at a perceived affluent target audience, with a profusion of celebrity, food/wine and pastime magazines.

The National Library tries to be comprehensive in its collection policy. The intake of periodicals continues to grow and almost 10,000 single issues of printed periodicals are received into the section each year, spanning over 1,000 current titles. The nature of publishing is changing and we hope to provide access to electronic journals in the future.

See the Accessing Printed Material section to find out how to consult periodicals.