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Marsh's Library
Dublin City Co. Dublin
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Established in 1707 Marsh's Library is the oldest public library in Ireland. Located in Dublin City, the library was built by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and contains 25,000 books as well as 300 manuscripts. Activities for children are provided.

Marsh's Library is a beautifully preserved building from the early 18th century, one of the last in Ireland still used for its original purpose, built in late Renaissance and early Enlightenment period. Opened as Ireland’s first public library in 1707, the original oak bookcases house more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Famous readers have included Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce.

Children are particularly welcome and the library has fun activities to occupy them, but do beware of the ghost of the Archbishop!

Visit the website for information on current exhibitions. Tours can be booked in advance for large groups and there is a tour each day at 15:00 for whomever would like to join.

The library is open at the end of June 2020.

Revised opening times: Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open 10:30 – 16:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday.

There is a designated hour (10:30 to 11:30) for vulnerable visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The designated hour will be for frontline workers on Saturday.