Third Level

The NLI offers a range of services and tours for third level students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Researching at the NLI tours

The Learning and Outreach department offer workshops to third level groups on  accessing the collections of the NLI. The NLI is a legal deposit library with over 8 million items in our collection.  We collect material of Irish interest and our collections range from printed books, journals, newspapers, official publications, manuscripts, prints and drawings, ephemera and photographs. We are happy to focus on a specific area of our collections to suit your subject interest. Please discuss your requirements with us when booking your tour.

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Digital collections

The National Library is committed to an on-going project of digitisation,. As such a vast amount of original material from the collections is now fully accessible to researchers online, via the NLI's online catalogue.

Find out more about the NLI and digitisation

NLI and 1916

Explore the National Library's programme for 2016 including an online exhibition and the digitisation of more than 20,000 personal papers and photographs relating to the seven signatories of the Proclamation.

Lecture, Talks, Workshops

We offer a wide ranging public programme that includes one-off and lecture series  and workshops  relating to particular subject areas including  literature, history and also the subject areas covered in our exhibitions. Public performances also form part of the programme. Full details of public events are listed on the Current Events section of the website.

Exhibition tours

We also offer guided  tours of our exhibitions. Our exhibitions have a multi-disciplinary appeal for many fields of study including: literature, history, history of art, art administration, arts education,  archival studies. library and information studies and heritage studies.

Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats

The National Library holds the largest manuscript collection of Yeats material in the world. This collection is showcased in the NLI’s exhibition which examines his life and works.  It is possible to view the exhibition online prior to your visit.


This major exhibition provides a visual history of the events of the 1916 Rising by showcasing the treasures of the National Library's rich photographic archive. Guided tours discuss the use of photographs for historical research, drawing on the exhibition to explore the men and women affected by the Rising and contrasting pre-Rising Dublin with the dramatic consequences of the events of Easter week.


This exhibition tells the story of the seven men who signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Students can explore the life stories of these seven men and discover the women who worked alongside them. Students are also given access to original manuscripts including Patrick Pearse's  surrender order and a very rare handbill version of the Proclamation.

World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience

This exhibition focuses on the uniquely Irish experience of World War One by drawing on the NLI’s collections of letters, diaries, recruiting posters, newspaper reports, cartoons, handbills and leaflets dating from 1914-1918.

With original artefacts, first hand personal accounts and eyewitness testimony, World War Ireland brings visitors dramatically inside the lives of those who experienced WWI.

Booking a tour

To book a tour please email the Learning and Outreach department or telephone 01 603 0259.

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