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 Books on shelves in Marsh’s Library in Dublin

Marsh’s Library Dublin

History & Politics

Marsh’s Library in Dublin


Marsh’s Library, situated in St. Patrick’s Close adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is the oldest public library in Ireland. It was built to the order of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1701 and has remained unchanged for three centuries.


The Queen Anne building, with its original oak bookcases, houses a collection of over 25,000 rare and interesting books as well as 300 manuscripts. The library is open to the public and school groups and students are particularly welcome.



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The Queen Anne building houses over 25000 rare books
The public library boasts an impressive collection of old books
Useful Information
Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 09.30– 17.00 hrs

Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00 hrs


Closed Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Closed from Christmas Eve, 24th December to New Year’s Day, 1st January inclusive.


The reading room is open by appointment only during weekdays.

Duration of Visit

Approximately 30 minutes.



St. Patrick's Close, Dublin 8

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