The National Library holds a wide variety of visual material of Irish and general interest which are described in the pages listed below. See the Accessing Material section to find out how to consult these collections.
Prints & Drawings
This significant collection of Irish prints and drawings represents the work of some hundreds of artists and engravers. It is an important source for the history of art in Ireland.
The subject matter ranges from topographical views to studio portraits, and from political events to early tourist photographs. While most of the collections are historical there are some contemporary collections.
An important collection of diverse items of political, social and religious interest, such as flyers, theatrical ephemera, postcards, cigarette cards, memorial cards, and invitations. Various Library publications and exhibitions have made extensive use of this highly visual material.