Covid 19: Using the National Library’s Onsite Services

We are delighted that the National Library's buildings are now open to the public again.

During a visit, you will see protective measures including  screens, capacity monitors, signage, sanitisation stations and increased ventilation across our buildings. Under government guidelines, members of the public who can must wear a face covering in the Library.

Everyone visiting our buildings will be asked for certain mandatory information. This is for contact tracing purposes, and may be shared with the HSE in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the National Library. We delete the data after 28 days.

Please follow public health advice, and don't come in to the Library if you’re isolating or feeling unwell. If you do feel unwell when you visit, ask a member of staff to assist.

What's Available


On an advance booking basis:
• Reading Services for registered Readers in the Main Reading Room
• Reading Services for registered Readers in the Microfilm Reading Room
• Family History Research Spaces for registered Readers in the Family History Room
• Reading Services for registered Readers in the Manuscripts Reading Room

Our exhibition Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again is open at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on Westmoreland Street and Living with Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson is open at the National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.  Plan your visit here

Our café and Yeats exhibition on Kildare Street are closed.

You must be a registered reader to use any of the Reading Rooms. If you don't already have a Reader's Ticket, you must apply for one here before visiting. If you need to renew or replace a ticket, you can do so between 10.30 and 12.30, Monday - Friday. You may only book one of the reading rooms for any given day.

Individual readers may not book more than 2 days across all the reading rooms in a given week.

Using the Main Reading Room

Booking & Ordering
Our Order Manager system is now open for bookings. Appointments are for a full day, and all material (up to 8 items) must be ordered when booking your appointment. Please contact info@nli.ie for any assistance.

Arriving to the Library
If you need to collect a Reader's Ticket, let the team at the reception desk know, and they will direct you to the Ticket Office. The Ticket office is open from 10.30am - 12.30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Please show your Reader’s Ticket and booking details at the reception desk. You will then be directed to the reading room. Leave your personal belongings in one of the lockers, bringing your own pencils, paper, and devices with you if you wish.

Your Research Materials
On arrival to the Reading Room please wait at the counter and a member of staff will direct you to your assigned desk. Your items will be waiting for you. You can leave these on the desk when you are finished with them.

Copying
Our self-service copying machines won’t be available. You may use your own phone or camera to make digital copies, in accordance with copyright legislation.

Sanitisation measures
Hand sanitiser and wipes will be available. There are protective screens at the public counters.

More information
Email info@nli.ie with your queries.

Using the Microfilm Reading Room


Booking & Ordering
Our Order Manager system is now open for bookings. Appointments are for a full day, and all material must be ordered when booking your appointment. Please contact info@nli.ie if you require any assistance.

Arriving to the Library
If you need to collect a Reader's Ticket, let the team at the reception desk know, and they will direct you to the Ticket Office. The Ticket office is open from 10.30am - 12.30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Please show your Reader’s Ticket and booking details at the reception desk. You will then be directed to the reading room. Leave your personal belongings in one of the lockers, bringing your own pencils, paper, and devices with you if you wish.

Your Research Materials
On arrival to the Reading Room please wait at the counter and a member of staff will direct you to your assigned desk. Your items will be waiting for you. You can leave these on the desk when you are finished with them.

Copying
Our self-service copying machines won’t be available. You may use your own phone or camera to make digital copies, or order copies from us.

Sanitisation measures
Hand sanitiser and wipes will be available. There are protective screens at the public counters.

Using the Manuscripts Reading Room

Booking & Ordering
Our Order Manager system is now open for bookings.  Appointments are for a full day, and all material must be ordered when booking your appointment. Please contact mqueries@nli.ie if your require any assistance.

Arriving to the Library
If you need to collect your Reader's Ticket, go first to the reception desk in the Main Hall where you will be directed to the Ticket Office, which is open from 10.30am-12.30pm, Monday to Friday. After you have collected your ticket, make your way to the Manuscripts Building at No 2 Kildare Street.

Show your Reader’s Ticket and your booking at the reception desk there, before making your way to the reading room. Leave your personal belongings in one of the lockers, bringing your own pencils, paper, and devices with you if you wish.

Your Research Materials
On arrival to the Reading Room please wait at the counter and a member of staff will direct you to your assigned desk. Your items will be waiting for you. You can leave these on the desk when you are finished with them.

Copying
Our self-service copying machines won’t be available. You may use your own phone or camera to take digital copies, in accordance with copyright legislation.

Sanitisation measures
There will be protective screens at the public counters. Please wash your hands before handling manuscripts, as hand sanitiser residue can be damaging.

More information
Email mqueries@nli.ie with your queries.

Using the Family History Room

Booking
You can book to use our suite of family history e-resources by emailing  familyhistoryappointments@nli.ie.   Let us know what day you would like to book for and we will follow up to confirm.

Arriving to the Library
Show your Reader’s Ticket and booking details at the reception desk. You will then be directed to the Family History room.

Copying
Our self-service copying machines won’t be available. You may use your own phone or camera to make digital copies, in accordance with copyright legislation.

Sanitisation measures
Hand sanitiser and wipes will be available to you.

Main Building, Reading Room
Main Building, Reading Room
Welcome Back

Email info@nli.ie with any queries