Privacy Statement


The mission of the National Library of Ireland is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge.

This Privacy Statement relates to the privacy practices in connection with this website.


The NLI respects the rights of its users and does not, as a general rule, collect personal information about visitors to the site. However, any personal information which you volunteer to the NLI through the use of web forms e.g. Reader Pre-Registration Form or email will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

Reader pre-Registration Form

In order to apply for a reader’s ticket you must complete the online Reader Pre-Registration Form. The information supplied by you is used to create a computer record in your name which is stored in a database. The information which you provide at the registration stage allows us to fully process your application for a readers ticket and aids us in directing you to the appropriate service or collections. This information also assists us in determining the level of remote access you may have to our online services. Additional voluntary information which you provide about yourself will be used only as a means of developing future services and - if you so indicate - alerting you about Library activities and events.

General Web-browsing

For general web browsing, no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us via our internet service provider, web-server logs and analytics software. This information may include;
 • The logical address of the server you are using
• The top level domain name from which you access the Internet (for example, .ie, com, .org etc.)
• The type of browser you are using
• The date and time you access our site
• The Internet address used to link to our site
Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to our site, identify what pages are accessed most frequently and generally, help us to make our site more user-friendly.

Use of Cookies

Some sections of this website may use “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer. These files allow the website to analyze how you use the site and to remember your preferences between and during visits. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.


We do not pass this information on to any third parties.

Right of Access

Any information held on computer is subject to the rights and obligations set out in the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. You are entitled under this Act to obtain a copy of information which is kept on computer about you at any time. The National Library of Ireland charge a fee of €6.35 for each request. To obtain a copy of this information please write to: Gordon Farrell, National Library of Ireland, No. 4 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 enclosing a cheque for €6.35. Further information on our obligations under the Data Protection Acts are contained in the Freedom of Information/Data Protection section of the website.

Right of rectification or erasure

You are entitled to have personal data corrected, if inaccurate, or erased if we do not have legitimate reason for retaining it. If you wish to apply to correct or delete data, please write to Gordon Farrell, National Library of Ireland, No. 4 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 setting out the reasons for your request. This will be carried out within 40 calendar days of the receipt of your request. There is no charge for this service.


We are committed to providing secure online services. As such, all financial transactions through our online shop are encrypted and handled by our payment solutions partner, RBS-Worldpay, to ensure safe and secure transactions which comply with international standards. Our Internet servers are protected by firewalls and intrusion detection systems. These servers are not accessible from outside the room in which they are housed, access to which is restricted to authorised personnel only. We have also employed the services of independent security experts to advise us on the security of our systems.

Staircase leading to the main reading room.
Staircase leading to the main reading room.
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