The National Library of Ireland collects and makes available the shared memory of the Irish Nation at home and abroad, caring for more than 10 million items, including books, manuscripts, newspapers, prints, drawings, ephemera, photographs, and increasingly, digital media.
Anyone over 16 years of age who wishes to use NLI collections should apply for a readers’ ticket. A reader’s ticket is valid for three years and gives readers access to all our collections. You must bring your ticket with you when using the reading rooms, as original material will not be issued to you without it.
A reader’s ticket is not required to access newspapers or other items on microfilm.
Please note that the NLI is not a lending library. You must consult our material in the reading rooms.
Readers using the reading rooms have access to a wide range of web resources including the Irish Newspaper Archive, JSTOR Ireland collection and the Dictionary of Irish Biography online.
Wi-Fi access in the reading rooms is available to registered readers.
Readers Ticket Office opening hours:
Monday: 10.30-12.30, 2.00-4.00 & 5.00-7.45.
Tues-Fri: 10.30-12.30 & 2.00-4.00.
What you should bring
All applicants must produce a form of photographic identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a passport, driver’s licence, student card, social security card, travel pass and employment ID.
Applying for a reader’s ticket and using the Reading Rooms
You can apply for your ticket in the Readers Ticket Office in our Main Building. It only takes a few minutes to process an application and issue a ticket. You will need to complete an online registration form. We will then check your form of identification, take your photograph and provide you with a reader’s ticket.
Use of our Reading Rooms is at all times conditional on observing the Rules for Readers.
Renewing your reader’s ticket
You can renew your ticket in the Readers Ticket Office. Please bring your most recent reader’s ticket with you. If the expiry date is greater than 12 months, you will also need to produce a form of photographic identification.
If you lose your reader’s ticket, you will need to apply for a new ticket in the Readers Ticket Office. Please bring a form of identification with you.
Breaches of NLI Rules for Readers / Code of Practice -
Information for Readers
These guidelines outline the NLI’s policies and procedures for dealing with breaches of our rules and regulations including our Rules for Readers/Code of Practice. Each incident will be considered on its own merits but the NLI may (and reserves the right to) depart from these rules and procedures.
1. Readers’ Tickets will not be issued unless you complete accurately all documentation and follow registration procedures appropriately, as directed by staff.
2. The issuance of Readers’ Tickets and/or the granting of access by the NLI to its reading rooms and collections and services are subject to our rules and regulations including the Rules for Readers/Code of Practice. The NLI reserves the right to impose any applicable penalty on you including the (temporary or permanent) removal of (i) your Reader’s Ticket and/or (ii) right of access to the reading rooms and collections of the NLI if you fail or refuse to comply with its rules and regulations.
3. All Reading Room staff have a responsibility to ensure that users abide by the Library’s rules and regulations and they will act on all breaches of these rules and regulations.
4. If a breach is considered by the Library to be minor, you will receive verbal guidance from Reading Room staff who will resolve the matter with you on an informal basis and bring your attention to the particular rule. If you disregard, ignore or reject that verbal guidance, on the second occasion, you will receive a verbal warning from the Reading Room manager. If that verbal warning is ignored, disregarded or rejected by you, on the third occasion, you will receive a written warning from the NLI in which you will be advised of the sanctions that will be imposed on you should the breach persist. The Reading Room manager may also require you to leave the reading room. If, after the written warning, you continue to breach the NLI’s rules and regulations, we will enforce the sanction(s) previously advised to you and will confirm this in writing.
5. If a breach is considered by the NLI to be serious, you will receive a written warning in which you will be advised of the sanction(s) that will be imposed on you should the breach persist. The Reading Room manager may also require you to leave the reading room. If you continue to breach the NLI’s rules and regulations after the written warning, we will enforce the sanction(s) previously advised to you and will confirm this in writing.
6. If the NLI considers the breach by a reader to be of such a severe nature that it warrants the imposition of an immediate penalty/penalties, we reserve the right to impose any such penalty/penalties on a user including the immediate (temporary or permanent) removal of (i) a reader’s ticket and/or (ii) a reader’s right of access to the reading rooms and collection of the Library as well as the immediate removal of a reader from the reading room.