Marsh's Library


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This is the oldest public library in Ireland (and the only 18th-century building still used for its original purpose). Marsh's Library stands like a miniature working version of Trinity College's Long Room. It is located just past the entrance to St Patrick's (and in comparative solitude), and the slow, steady ticking of the clock in its main room adds to the old-world atmosphere. The mitres that stand on top of the bookcases, and the wire cages (where visitors were locked in with particularly precious books, lest they be tempted to borrow them) recall the library's founder, Archbishop Narcissus Marsh.

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Marsh's Library details

St Patrick's Close

Area Temple Bar

Transport Bus 49X, 50, 50X, 54A, 56A, 77X, 150/Luas St Stephen's Green.

Telephone 454 3511

Marsh's Library website

Open 10am-1pm, 2-5pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 10.30am-1pm Sat.

Admission €2.50; €1.50 reductions.