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The National Library of Ireland is situated at Kildare Street. The library holds an estimated five million items ranging from books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, photographs, maps, newspapers, microfilms and ephemera. Founded in 1877, the library has since then been an important part in documenting Dublin's present and past; the building itself is a historical monument.
Small Lives FREE
Richly dressed 19th century children gaze out of studio portraits, while images of children making fishing nets in West Cork industrial schools, or learning lace-making in Donegal hang side by side with 20th century boys and girls praying, acting out war games or getting ready for a day at the beach. These are just some of the many photographs in the exhibition Small Lives where captivating views of Irish childhood between 1880 and 1970 juxtapose children’s lives with the broad sweep of Irish social and political history.
Small Lives runs at the National Photographic Archive in Temple until June 2012.
Discover Your National Library: Explore, Reflect, Connect FREE
Celebrate Ireland's rich history and heritage with the free multimedia exhibition Discover Your National Library at 2/3 Kildare Street, which brings you some of our most precious treasures, and allows you to hear from the curators who take care of them.
A new selection of treasures is now on display in Discover, including 700 year-old manuscripts, 19th century eviction photographs, a letter from war artist William Orpen, illustrations from some of Ireland's best illustrators of children's books, and a special display on our "throw-away treasures". This phase of the exhibition, which runs through 2011, includes a special focus on the history of the Irish Texts Society.
Free public tour: Tuesdays at 2.30pm.
Tall Tales & Deadly Drawings FREE December is your last chance to check out Tall Tales & Deadly Drawings, our colourful display in the NLI’s main hall featuring Irish children's books and amazing illustrations from our collection of drawings. Get involved when you visit - leave us a magic leaf telling us about your own favourites, and watch out for characters from the exhibition as you explore NLI!
Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats FREE
This award-winning exhibition is a must see for all Yeats fans.
Free guided tour available on Wednesdays at 1pm and every Saturday at 11am and 3pm.
Opening TimesMonday 09.30am to 9.00pm.