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Marsh’s Library

Welcome to Ireland's first public library. Opened in 1707, the original bays still hold our collection of 25,000 books and manuscripts.

After being welcomed by our fantastic staff, wander through the galleries and take in the scent and surroundings of history. Have a seat in our Old Reading Room and share the experience of our famous readers: James Joyce, Bram Stoker and Jonathan Swift. Witness the books damaged by bullet fire during the 1916 Easter Rising. Don’t forget to check out the cages where readers were locked in to prevent book theft! You may peacefully self-guide but if you have any queries, staff are available throughout to provide you with information. Perhaps ask about our Egyptian mummy found in a cupboard, or if Marsh still roams the galleries! We also have a mini-figure hunt for young visitors (as well as the young at heart). Continue your visit with a browse through our gift shop if you wish to take home a souvenir. Finally, take a relaxing walk through our beautiful, private garden to end your trip to Marsh’s Library.

Collect your stamp on your visit to Marsh's Library as part of our Cultural Attractions Passport initiative.

Marsh's Library
St Patrick's Close
Dublin 8
D08 FK79

+353 01 4543511

Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Closed Sundays

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