National Library of Ireland

The National Library holds a large number of sources relevant for family history research. These include Catholic Parish Registers, Griffith ’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, trade and social directories, regional and national newspapers, and published family histories as well as collections of estate papers and Genealogical Office Manuscripts. The Library also provides on-site access to a number of e-resources which are useful for family history research.

The Library’s free Genealogy Advisory Service is located in its main building on Kildare Street . Library staff are on hand to provide advice to personal callers starting their research as well as researchers at a more advanced stage. The Service is open Monday – Wednesday 9.30am – 5pm and Thursday - Friday 9.30am to 4.45pm and no appointment is necessary. The Genealogy Advisory Service also holds a number of reference books, catalogues and other useful finding aids which are available on a self-service basis on Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm


Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Phone: +353 1 603 02 00

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Opening Hours:                                         

Main Reading Room
Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 7.45pm 
Thurs & Fri: 9.30am - 4.45pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 12.45pm    
Main Library Exhibitions
Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 7.45pm
Thurs & Fri: 9.30am - 4.45pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 4.30pm 
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Genealogy Advisory Service
Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 4.45pm
Joly Café
Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 7pm
Thurs & Fri: 9.30am - 4.45pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 4.30pm    


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