Previous Exhibitions

The National Library has a long tradition of mounting high quality exhibitions of material from its collections. Follow the links below to find out about exhibitions which have been displayed in the National Library and the National Photographic Archive in recent years.


Pearse House: Village in the City
Jeanette Lowe’s exhibition Pearse House: Village in the City at the NPA painted an intimate portrait of residents past and present of Pearse House Dublin.

JFK Homecoming
An exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of JFK's Irish visit

PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the NPA
The NPA was delighted to collaborate with the PhotoIreland Festival for the 4th year running. The exhibition was one of the highlights of the annual art calendar.

DIT Graduate Exhibition 2013
DIT Graduate Exhibition 2013 a wonderful opportunity to see the work of some of Ireland’s emerging artistic talent.

Discover Your NLI: Particles of the Past
Our multimedia exhibition Discover your National Library took visitors behind the scenes to view amazing never-before-seen treasures from our collections.

Taking Stock: the National Photographic Archive from 1998
Taking Stock the NPA’s first retrospective exhibition ran from October 2012 to May 2013

Sean Hillen: Photographs from the North of Ireland 1979 - 1990
Sean Hillen: Photographs from the North of Ireland 1979 - 1990 exhibited at the NPA 27 July- 30 September

Living-Leaving at the NPA
Living-Leaving, an exhibition of the work of David Monahan and Maurice Gunning at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar 5 July - 22 July 2012.

DIT Graduate Exhibition
2012 BA Photography Graduate exhibition

Small Lives
Photographs of children from 1880s to 1960s.