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The National Library of Ireland will begin reopening its onsite services to the public on Monday, 29th June.

From that date, and on a phased basis, the NLI’s services will be open from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Readers’ services at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street

Onsite readers’ services will be by appointment from 29th June.  These include:

·         Reading Services for registered readers in the Main Reading Room

·         Reading Services for registered readers in the Manuscripts Reading Room

Registered readers will be required to order the material they wish to access when they make their booking.

Full details of how to make an appointment and the steps readers must follow are available here.

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again

Members of the public can book their visit to the Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition located at The Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on College Green in Dublin from 29th June.

Visitors can book places from 29 June for dates from 13 July, Monday-Friday.  All visits up to 10th July have already been fully booked, as the National Library of Ireland has given priority to groups of who have been impacted adversely by the lockdown, including over-70’s, carers and frontline workers. 

Details of how to book are here

Other NLI Exhibitions

The Yeats exhibition at the NLI on Kildare Street will reopen on a ticketed basis on 20th July and arrangements are currently being made to ensure compliance with social distancing ahead of reopening.

The National Photographic Archive (NPA) at Temple Bar will reopen in the autumn, as maintenance works will shortly get underway at the site.  It will reopen with an extension of ‘From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs from the War of Independence.’

For more information on these re-openings, please check: www.nli.ie

NLI Café, Kildare Street

The National Library café will reopen on Monday 29th June, from 9.30am – 4pm

The NLI’s partner site, MoLI, will also be opening its café, shop and gardens to visitors. Details here.

NLI online

The public can continue to visit the National Library of Ireland more frequently and engage with us safely through our online offering – www.nli.ie

During lockdown, the NLI expanded the ways in which people can explore our collections and services remotely through social media and through a new, weekly email bulletin. You can sign up to these here

The Library has also developed a free programme of online events, including workshops, lectures, tours, and talks, and several new initiatives to encourage everyone to explore 125,000 digitised items from our collections. One of these initiatives is our ‘Around the Island’ series, where the NLI shares a selection of digitised local photographs from each county, encouraging people across Ireland to view the history of their counties through our online catalogue.

Speaking ahead of the NLI’s reopening on 29th June, Director, Dr Sandra Collins said: “We are all working to make each person’s visit as enjoyable, productive and safe as possible – to do that, we’ll need to work together. Due to the need to operate safely for visitors and staff, and in accordance with public health and government guidelines, there will be some changes to how readers access and use the Library. We trust our readers and visitors will understand.

“The National Library of Ireland has been around for over 140 years.  Adapting to meet new challenges and circumstances is nothing new for us, and I am pleased that we have been able to adapt and offer so much online over the past months.  It will be a pleasure to welcome people through our doors again.”

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. said:

“Since the lockdown began, the National Library has done a wonderful job in responding to the Covid crisis by providing online content of the highest quality on its website and social channels. Clearly this is no substitute for being able to visit the Library itself and I commend Dr Sandra Collins and her team for all their hard work in enabling this to happen.“

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