Working in the Library

The National Library is an equal opportunities employer.
Cuirfear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras i nGaeilge


Working with the Past……Careers for the Future. Founded in 1877 the National Library of Ireland is a legal deposit library holding very significant collections of material relating to Ireland’s documentary heritage, including printed books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, prints and drawings etc.

The Library employs some 120 staff and occupies premises in Dublin City Centre.

Vacancies in the Library at entry level for permanent professional posts, (librarians, archivists, conservators, etc) clerical, technical and administrative staff or temporary positions are normally filled by way of competition following the placing of advertisements in national newspapers. Recruitment for such posts is carried out directly by the National Library.


The National Library offers a number of studentships each year. These are designed to provide one year’s work experience for graduates who intend to apply for a course in Archival Studies or Librarianship. A further studentship is normally available to advanced graduate students or post-doctoral students of Irish history. Studentships are awarded following a competition advertised in the national newspapers.

Reading Room, main counter.
Reading Room, main counter.
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