Our collections in the National Library provide unique learning resources for students on all aspects of Irish history, literature and heritage. We have devised a broad educational programme to maximise this potential, providing a wide range of services for primary, post-primary, third level students, lifelong learners and educators. We are interested in hearing from you, so do contact us at

We offer tours and workshops of our exhibitions for primary schools. Workshops are also available to download and complete in the class room.

Post Primary
We offer a variety of resources specially designed for post primary students including historical case studies and specialised tours of our exhibitions. Workshops that introduce our collections to students are also available.

Our ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ team provide a wide array of education offerings. From live workshops for Secondary and Primary students, to pre-recorded audio and visual resources to enhance classroom activities, as well as supporting our lifelong learners. Simply click on the following link to get all the details you need...

Third Level
The printed and visual collections are  an excellent resource for students and teachers at third level. Introduce your class to the library by pre-booking a class visit.

Lifelong Learning
In keeping with our committment to life long learning, we host a number of short courses in collaboration with the UCD Department of Adult Education which take place in Autumn and Spring each year exploring themes in literature and history.  Participants are also introduced to relevant material from our collections.

We also run collaborative research projects as part of our involvement in  Bealtaine, the Age & Opportunity Festival. 

We regulary organise storytelling and creative workshops for children.

Education Links

A list of links to useful educational sites/providers.

Poetry Aloud Winners 2014
Poetry Aloud Winners 2014
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