Exhibition Loans

The NLI may lend objects from its collections for temporary exhibitions in cultural institutions in Ireland and overseas. Formal applications must be submitted at least 6 months in advance of the opening date of the exhibition.

Approval of loan requests is contingent on the borrowing institution satisfying the NLI requirements in security, environmental conditions and on the availability, condition and rarity of the object.

Loaning and exhibiting objects poses a risk of potential damage. Therefore objects normally not subject to loan are those which are:

  • Very fragile
  • Light sensitive (where the intensity, duration and exposure will affect long-term preservation)
  • Requests for short-term events

The NLI catalogue provides information on NLI collections. Images for reproduction can be obtained from Copying Services.

Please contact the relevant collection curator for futher information:

Prints & Drawings, Ephemera, OS Maps, Music - hfaul@nli.ie

Manuscripts & Rare Books - smcdermott@nli.ie

Photographic Collections - ekirwan@nli.ie

Printed Books - gmaclochlainn@nli.ie

Formal applications will be acknowledged within 3 weeks. The British Library's Exhibition Leaflet contains useful information on best practise in exhibiting libary objects.

NLI Reference: MS G2 f. [22]r
NLI Reference: MS G2 f. [22]r
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