Catalogues and Databases

Irish Collection 1922 -

Many Irish Government publications are included in the Library’s Online Catalogue. In searching the catalogue, insert the words ‘Ireland Dept. of …’ and select Author from the drop down box. For semi-state bodies, such as the Irish Tourist Board, CIE, Aer Lingus etc. insert the name of the organisation in the Author field of the online catalogue.

Much of this material is also available on the Government, Departmental and Oireachtas websites and on the websites of the relevant organisations (see the Links section).

For items not in the Online Catalogue please consult the Annual Stationery Office Lists, which can be found at the main Reading Room counter.

Some useful guides are:

  • Irish official publications: a guide to Republic of Ireland papers, with a breviate of reports, 1922 – 1972, by Arthur Maltby and Brian McKenna. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1980
  • Irish government publications: a select list 1972 - 1992, by Richard B. Finnegan & James L. Wiles. Irish Academic Press, 1995.

These can be consulted at the main Reading Room counter.

United Kingdom Collection 1800 -

Indexes to the collection are available at the Reading Room counter. Also available in the Reading Room are the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers online from 1801 to the present. Many other UK official publications can be read on the UK Parliament website. Parliamentary Papers related to Ireland are available on the Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, 1801 – 1922 website. See the Links section for other online resources.

Irish Parliament pre-1800

This material is catalogued with the ordinary Irish collections and is to be found by searching the Guard Book and Card Catalogues and the Online Catalogue. Search under ‘Great Britain – Ireland – Parliament’ or ‘Ireland – Parliament’.

For more information on the publications of this parliament see

  • The printed records of the Parliament of Ireland 1613 – 1800: a survey and bibliographical guide by Dermot J T Englefield.
    London: Lemon Tree Press, 1978 (NLI reference Ir 900 p5).
  • The Irish Parliament in the eighteenth century by J.L. McCracken published by Dundalgan Press for the Irish Historical Association, 1971.
    (NLI reference Ir 320 p 61)

Northern Ireland Collection 1920 -

Indexes to the collection are available at the Reading Room counter. The more recent material (from about 1988 onwards) is catalogued in the Online Catalogue, and some items can also be found in the Guard Book and Card Catalogues. Much of this material is also available on the websites of the relevant governmental organisations (see the Links section).

International - mainly 20th century onwards

Very few of these items are catalogued in the Library’s online catalogue. Please consult each organisation’s published catalogue or their website. The published catalogues are available for consultation in the Library. Some of the websites of these organisations carry the full-text of their more recent publications (see Links).

Current EU publications and other resources are available for downloading on the main EU website. For access to older material we recommend that you contact the European Commission Office and the European Parliament Office, both located near the Library.

A proclamation issued by the French force which landed near Killala in 1798.
A proclamation issued by the French force which landed near Killala in 1798.
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