Previous Exhibitions

The National Library has a long tradition of mounting high quality exhibitions of material of its collections. Follow the links below to find out about exhibitions which have been displayed in the National Library and the National Photographic Archive in recent years.

Living with Pride: Photographs by Christopher Robson
An exhibition at the National Library's Photographic Archive from June - November 2021.

World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience
With original artefacts, first hand personal accounts and eyewitness testimony, World War Ireland brought visitors dramatically inside the lives of those who experienced WWI.

From Ballots to Bullets, Ireland 1918-1919
This exhibition explored two turbulent years of Irish history through contemporary photographs, newspapers, and ephemera from our collections

The Hot Press Covers Exhibition
The story of Ireland in Hot Press covers ran from April - August 2017.

Beyond Leaving
Photographer David Monahan's show tried to fathom the distance between expectation and reality for the Irish emigrant in 2016/17.

An exhibition focusing on the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation

Rising photographic exhibition
Rising was attended by over 50,000 visitors between 1 February and 31 October 2016 at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Dublin. Rising then moved to the Main Guard in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Welcome to Your NLI
From 13th century miraculous books to dashing firemen...

Discover your National Library
Zoom in on hundreds of rare items from our collections.

A Shared History: The National Library of Ireland and the RDS Library
In 1877, the National Library of Ireland was founded from the collections of the Library of the Royal Dublin Society...