Opening Hours



Main & Manuscripts Reading Room, Kildare StreetMon - Wed: 9.30am - 7.45pm
Thurs & Fri: 9.30 - 4.45pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 12.45pm
Readers Ticket Office, Main building, Kildare StreetMonday: 10:30am - 12:30pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 5:00pm - 7:45pm                                                                      Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am - 12:30pm, 2:00pm - 4.00pm                                                                                Saturday: 9:30am - 12:45pm
Kildare Street Exhibitions
1. William Butler Yeats   2.
World War Ireland
Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 7.45pm 
Thurs & Fri: 9.30am - 4.45pm 
Saturday: 9.30am - 4.45pm 
Sunday: 1- 4.45pm
Genealogy Advisory ServiceMon - Wed: 9.30am - 5pm; Thurs & Fri: 9.30am - 4.45pm
Café Joly Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 6pm Thurs & Fri: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 4pm
National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Reading Room (appointment only)Tues & Thurs: 10am - 1pm            Wed: 10am-1pm and 2.30 - 4.30pm
NPA Exhibition GalleryMon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm

Early Closing

The National Library will close at 3.45pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016 to facilitate a staff development meeting.

Delayed Opening

The National Library will open at 11am to facilitate a staff development meeting on Thursday 12th January 2017.

NPA Reading Room:  You can make an appointment for the NPA Reading Room by phoning  01-6030373 or by emailing

Public Holiday Mondays: Reading Rooms closed. Exhibitions open 12-5pm. Café Joly is closed on the Saturday and Monday of a public holiday weekend.

Christmas 2016 Opening Hours

Closed: Saturday 24th December to Tuesday 27th December

Open: Wednesday, 28th December to Friday, 30th December (10am-5pm) Exhibitions Only

Closed: Saturday, 31st December 2016 to Monday, 2nd January 2017 

Library reopens Tuesday, 3 January 2017.