Collections

Please follow the links below to find out more about specific collections. See the Accessing Material section to find out how to consult these collections.


General Collection
A collection of books in all subject matters, generally not of Irish interest, stored mainly offsite.

LO Collection
This is the Library’s Rare Books Collection, and contains many rare works, antiquarian and modern, by noted Irish authors, as well as many pre-1800 Irish imprints.

Thom Collection
The library of Alexander Thom, consisting of 3,900 volumes, many of Irish interest, bequeathed to the Library in 1903 by his widow Mrs Sarah Thom.

Griffin Collection
An ongoing donation from Mr Stephen Griffin reflecting the history, experience and printed output of the Irish-American diaspora.

Irish Collection
A comprehensive collection of books by Irish authors on all subject matters, and books on Irish subjects, published in Ireland and abroad.

Joly Collection
Donated to the Royal Dublin Society in 1863 by the Rev. Jaspar Robert Joly, this collection contains many rare Irish books, several thousand pamphlets, a large amount of printed music, and an important collection of Napoleonic material.

Pamphlets - Thorpe and Lough Fea
These two collections consist of approximately six hundred pamphlets from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries dealing with Irish affairs (available on microfiche).

Dix Collection of Irish Printing
A remarkable collection of books and pamphlets printed in the cities and towns of Ireland, assembled by the bibliographer E.R. McClintock Dix.

Swift Collection
About 500 early editions of works by and relating to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s travels.

Yeats Collection
The personal library of William Butler Yeats, supplemented by a substantial collection of editions of his works, and biographical and critical material.