Keeping Safe

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.

Throughout our exhibitions, we have put measures in place to ensure your safety, in line with government guidelines and public health advice. Our exhibitions have been adapted to be enjoyed over a 30 minute visit, and entry times are available on a ticketed basis only.

What we’re doing to keep you safe:
• Reduced Visitor Capacity and Pre-Booked Entry. In order to facilitate social distancing, admission to our exhibitions is now on a ticketed basis, with timed entry and limited capacity.
• Sanitisation Stations. We have placed hand sanitiser stations throughout our buildings.
• Protective Screens. We have put protective barriers in place at our public counters for the comfort and safety of our visitors and team members.
• 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:
• Please arrive promptly at your pre-booked entry time. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee entry if you arrive after your timeslot has passed.
• Show your ticket on arrival. You can print your ticket or show an e-ticket on your mobile phone.
• Clean your hands on entry and exit. Hand-sanitiser stations are located throughout our buildings.
• Follow the designated route. Please follow the signs indicating the designated route through our exhibitions.
• Maintain social distancing. Please keep the recommended 2 metre distance from your fellow visitors.
• 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.
Contact Us
For queries relating to Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, please email

For queries relating to YEATS: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, please email

Be responsible. Be safe.
Be responsible. Be safe.
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