The National Library's photographic collections comprise approximately 5.2 million photographs, the vast majority of which are Irish. While most of the collections are historical there are some contemporary collections. Subject matter ranges from topographical views to studio portraits, and from political events to early tourist photographs. The Library maintains an active collecting policy and material is constantly added to the collections, often by way of generous donations from various sources.

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Belfast Barricades, September 1969 (Ref.: INDBF969 10[17]).Belfast Barricades, September 1969 (Ref.: INDBF969 10[17]).

See the Accessing Photographs section to find out how to consult Photograph Collections

Gallarus, Co. Kerry c.1970 (Til 617).
Gallarus, Co. Kerry c.1970 (Til 617).
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