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Use of Website Material

The contents of the National Library of Ireland’s website may be freely accessed and downloaded on a temporary basis for personal use. However, the following acts are prohibited in respect of any of the content featured on this website:

  • public performance or display
  • any rental leasing or lending of any material obtained or derived from the website
  • any form of unauthorised reproduction, including the extraction and/or storage in any retrieval system or inclusion in any other computer program or work


Copyright and Reproduction

Please note that copyright in all content comprising or contained within this website remains with the NLI and other copyright owners as specified. In terms of artistic works, if the artist is alive, or has been dead for less than 70 years, there will be a separate copyright in the work itself that is additional to the copyright applicable to its digital reproduction on this website.

For more information on obtaining authorised copies of NLI material, please see our Copying Services page. For more information on obtaining permission to reproduce NLI material, please see our Permission to Re-use page.



The NLI respects the intellectual property rights of others. We have therefore taken all reasonable efforts to ensure that the reproduction of all content on these pages (including but not restricted to images, text, video and audio), is done with the full consent of copyright owners. If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact the Development and Communications Department at development@nli.ie.

In the compilation of the website, every care has been taken to ensure accuracy. Where errors or omissions are brought to our attention, amendments will be made as speedily as possible. However, the NLI does not accept any liability for direct or consequential loss caused to the user arising from anything contained in this site or for any error or omission in it.

The NLI makes no warranty that the website service will be uninterrupted or error free.

Linking to external websites does not necessarily constitute an endorsement by the NLI of any products, services, policies or opinions of the organisation or individual.