Keeping Safe

In line with government guidelines, we ask all visitors to wear a face covering when visiting the National Library.

We are delighted to welcome you to the National Library of Ireland. Due to the need to operate safely for visitors and staff, and in accordance with public health and Government guidelines, you’ll see some changes when you visit our exhibitions.

What we’re doing to keep you safe:
• Reduced Visitor Capacity.
In order to facilitate social distancing, we have reduced capacity in our exhibition spaces. We are operating timed, ticketed entry, and there may be a short wait time on arrival.
• Cleaning.  We have enhanced our cleaning procedures throughout the Library.
• Sanitisation. Hand sanitiser is available on entry to the Library and at various locations within our buildings.
• Protective Screens. We have put protective barriers in place at our public counters.
• Designated One-Way Systems. We have implemented designated one-way paths throughout our exhibitions.
• Adapted Exhibition Spaces. Our exhibition spaces have been adapted to be hands-free, with no touch screen elements or handling materials available.

What we ask you to do:
In line with government guidelines, we ask that visitors provide contact tracing details. This data – date, time, name, and telephone number – will be shared with HSE in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19. For all other information please see our data protection policy on

• We ask all visitors to wear a face covering when visiting the National Library.
• Clean your hands on entry and exit. Hand-sanitiser stations are located throughout our buildings.
•  Follow the designated route through our exhibitions.
•  Keep the recommended 2 metre distance from others.
• If you are feeling unwell: please stay at home and plan your visit for another time, in line with government guidelines. If you become unwell during your visit, let a member of staff know and they will assist you.
• Please follow all public health advice, including travel advice and quarantining protocols.

Contact Us
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