The Periodicals collection of the National Library of Ireland contains many interesting and often overlooked publications, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. The source of the periodicals collection in common with other areas of the National Library, originated in the transfer to the library of the substantial holdings of the Royal Dublin Society in 1877, augmented by the personal collection of Jasper Joly.
"The Dublin Magazine", featuring a map showing the movement of French troops, September 1798.
Collection development in the intervening years has depended on the adherence and co-operation by the publishers with the Legal Deposit Acts of 1927, 1963 and 2000. We are greatly aided in our collection policy of periodicals by the role of the National Library of Ireland as the Irish ISSN centre. When a publication receives an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) it alerts us to the existence of this publication.
Unlike newspapers which deal in the immediate, and tend to report things as they happen, periodicals offer a more detached viewpoint, a more comprehensive overview of events of the day.