Accessing Printed Collections and Microfilm

Printed collections are available to consult in the Main Reading Room and include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals and official publications.

You can order up to 3 items for each order delivery time by completing the online order form or ordering in person in the reading room. Material may be ordered up to 15 minutes before each delivery time.

You can also reserve items for use on a subsequent day. Items may be held for up to 1 week.


Tues-Wed: 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm/2pm/3pm/4pm/5pm/6pm/7pm
Thurs-Fri: 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am/12.30pm/2pm/3pm/4pm
Sat: 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am

Items from the Irish collections (usually with a prefix of Ir on the call number), modern legal deposit and Irish related material are available to consult in the main reading room. As part of the building programme, we are resizing parts of the Irish collection to make the best use of storage space. We have introduced new call numbers (beginning with AA, A, BB, B, C, and D)  for some books that used to have an Ir prefix.  You can still find any book by its original call number through our Online Catalogue.

Certain rare book collections must be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room. These include the Yeats Library, the LO collections, the Joly, Dix and Swift collections.

Please note that a delay can exist between the time an issue of a periodical is received by the Library and the time it can be made available to the public. Since 2011 receipt of individual issues has been recorded on the main catalogue.

Most newspapers are accessed either on microfilm or digital format, while some titles are only available in hardcopy. The newspaper record in the Newspaper Database indicates both dates held & format for each title. If microfilm or digital formats are available, the hardcopy is not issued. The database also contains information on the latest date available for current titles.

Official Publications
Most Official Publications are held onsite in the main Library. International Official Publications, including the EU and the UN, are available only through their respective websites - see Links to Irish and International Official Publications.

Deliveries from Offsite Storage

A large number of non-Irish books, periodicals and some newspapers are kept in offsite storage and delivered on a weekly basis. Orders for offsite material must be placed before 2pm on Wednesdays for access in the Reading Room on Friday morning. The material is held onsite for 2 weeks.