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.


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.

Dublin Institute of Technology BA Photography Graduate Exhibition 2011
National Library hosts DIT BA Photography Graduate Show June 2011

Martin Parr's Best Books of the Decade
Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade New NPA exhibition running from 15th-31st July

Power and Privilege: photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858-1922
An exhibition of life in Ireland's "Big Houses"