Readers' Tickets

You may apply for a Reader's Ticket using our online application form. We will send you a confirmation link via email. Your registration will not complete until this link has been activated by you. Once completed a member of staff will contact you within one working day with your ticket number, and you can collect your ticket during the Ticket Office opening hours (see below).

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.

Readers Ticket Office opening hours:

Monday - Friday :  10.30am-12.30pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm

The Readers Ticket Office will also be open on Tuesday evenings 5.00pm - 7.00pm

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.

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 ticket expired more than 12 months ago, you will also need to produce a form of photographic identification.

If your ticket expired before January 2018, you will need to make an application online for a new ticket. We are not permitted to hold personal information from before that date, due to our data protection (GDPR) obligations.

Lost tickets

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 photographic identification with you.

If your ticket expired before January 2018, you will need to make an application online for a new ticket. We are not permitted to hold personal information from before that date, due to our data protection (GDPR) obligations.

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.

7. Creation of personal data pursuant to these Rules shall be held by the Library in accordance with Irish data protection legislation and its Privacy Policy http://www.nli.ie/en/privacy-policy.aspx.