Primary Education

 We welcome primary school classes for tours of our exhibitions.  Workshops using themes from the library's exhibitions and collections are also available. There are resources that may be downloaded for use  in the classroom. Here you will find information about organising a school trip to the NLI, using our online exhibitions and the workshops that are available to download.

Booking a tour/workshop

Tours and workshops of the Yeats and WWI exhibitions must be pre-booked subject to availability.   Please choose from the exhibition tours and workshops listed below and email your booking to the Learning and Outreach department, at  It is possible to arrange self-guided visits to the exhibitions; we advise pre-booking such a vist.

Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats

Here you can find information about the tour and the workshops we offer primary schools visiting the Yeats exhibition.  We have also included some information about WB Yeats to help prepare for your visit. Alternatively it is possible to download a Yeats trail which is fillled with activities and puzzles to guide you around the exhibition or the online exhibition.

Yeats in the class room
The Lake Isle of InnisfreeThe Lake Isle of Innisfree

The Yeats exhibition is also available online.  Here you will find information about how to use our Yeats online exhibition  and a range of activities that can be carried out in the classroom including the Yeats trail. The Yeats trail is filled with puzzles and questions to guide you around the exhibition.  It can be used in the Yeats exhibition in the NLI or can be used to navigate our online exhibition.

The Dublin Lockout

Ireland in 1913 was a country in turmoil, divided by the issue of Home Rule – self-government for the country. Against this backdrop, a violent industrial conflict took centre stage: The Dublin Lockout.

Our free exhibition ran from August 2013 to Autumn 2014, and examined the background, events and aftermath of the conflict. The exhibition was part of a coordinated programme of events organised to commemorate the Dublin Lockout, and explore its contemporary resonance, as part of the Decade of Commemorations. It was a partnership between the National Library of Ireland and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ 1913 Commemoration Committee.
Visit the exhibition website which includes downloadable resources: The Dublin Lockout

See more of the National Library's images - in your classroom!

You can explore the treasures of the National Library in your own classroom - many of the our treasures are featured on the website Discover your National Library online exhibition and in our online catalogue.

Small Lives
Classroom in WaterfordClassroom in Waterford

Small Lives, a photographic exhibition of Irish childhood from 1880 to 1970  took place in the National Library - Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar from August 2011 - May 2012.  Although the exhibition is now finished, you can follow the exhibition activity trail which is available below and view the photographs.   

Small Lives in the class room

 You can view the photographs on our flickr site and complete the worksheet in class.

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