Filming and Photography

If you wish to film or photograph items from the NLI’s collection, or to use the NLI as a location for filming or photography, please contact Honora Faul, tel: +353 1 6030 225 or email hfaul@nli.ie.

Click here for information on the NLI's Reprographic Services.

Locations availableTimes
Main Reading RoomMonday - Friday, 8.00am - 9.30amSaturday-Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
Manuscripts Reading RoomMonday - Friday, 8.00am - 9.30am
Library Board RoomMonday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Fees & Charges
Location filming/photography €150 per hour
Retrieval of books, microfilm, newspapers€10 per item
Retrieval of archival material  €20 per folder
Retrieval of newspapers from offsite storage€25 per volume/box


Terms & conditions
• Not all original items may be suitable for filming or photography. Each item will be assessed by a member of NLI staff, and in the event that an item is unsuitable, we will advise you as soon as possible.

• A member of NLI staff will be present at all times, for security and conservation reasons.

• The NLI’s handling guidelines must be followed, including the use of supports and gloves where advised.

• A cancellation fee of 50% of the location fee and 100% of the retrieval fee will apply where the booking is cancelled within 48 hours of the appointment.

• Separate copyright and permission fees may apply. Click here for more information.

• The NLI must be acknowledged in the film credits and photograph captions as follows: Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

How to make an appointment?

• Contact Honora Faul, tel: +353 1 6030 225

• Complete the Filming booking form  Filming booking form.doc (1.13 MB, MS Word)

• You must give two weeks notice for location filming and photography, and three weeks if filming or photographing items from the NLI’s collections