Accessing Published Collections and Microfilm

Main Reading Room
Published collections, including books, serials and newspapers on microfilm are available to order. They can be requested up to 15 minutes before the collection time unless they are held in off-site storage.

A maximum of 3 items can be ordered for each delivery time.
Material may be ordered up to 15 minutes before each delivery time.
Delivery times are hourly during the day, apart from the lunchtime period.
Orders for the 9.30am delivery must be placed by the last order time on the previous working day.
Please ensure that all mandatory fields are completed before clicking on 'Submit Order'.
If you don't receive a confirmation email after placing your order, please contact info@nli.ie
Some of our books and serials are held in offsite storage and should be ordered in advance. The online catalogue will indicate which material is held off-site and their delivery times.
A readers ticket is required to consult original material. Information about how to apply for a readers ticket, and the Readers Ticket Office opening hours is available here.
You can also reserve items for use on a subsequent day. Items may be held for up to 1 week.

DELIVERY TIMES
Mon-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

Books
Books are any individual book or pamphlet. You can find books and pamphlets in the Catalogue. Please note that some of our books are held in off-site storage and should be ordered in advance

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.

Serials
A journal or serial is any publication which is produced periodically. It includes academic journals, newsletters and magazines. You can find journals/serials in the Catalogue.

Please note that the catalogue record provides concise holdings information, as there may be different call numbers attached to particular issues within a title depending on the date of issue.

Newspapers
Newspapers are listed in the newspaper database.

Please note that most newspapers are available in microfilm or digital formats, and the hardcopy newspaper is not issued in these cases. Hardcopy newspapers are held in off-site storage and are retrieved on a weekly basis.

The Irish Newspaper Archives is an online resource available in the Reading Rooms providing online access to over 80 Irish national and regional newspapers, both current and historical. In addition, the Irish Times digital archive is also available for consultation in the Library.

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.

Manuscripts on Microfilm

Some manuscripts are available on microfilm. These are viewed in the main reading room.

Deliveries from Offsite Storage

A large number of non-Irish books, serials and hardcopy 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.