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In order to research at the National Library you need to obtain a readers ticket. The guard on the first floor can provide you with the papers necessary. The National Library houses a copy of almost every book every published in Ireland. It is composed of the main Reading Room and the Microform Reading Room. Some reference materials are on the shelves in the main Reading Room but most are on closed stacks. You request these books by filling in an application for reading material. Those that are located on site are provided to you within a few minutes (depending on the workload) and those located off sites take a day or two. Materials are listed in the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) or in card catalogues.
Beginners can take advantage of a new service; free advice is available in a room off the main entrance hall. Free printed guides (Getting Started, Parish Registers in the National Library of Ireland, Valuation Records and Local Studies Sources) are also available in the main Reading Room.
Hours are Monday through Friday - 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 8:30 pm; Thursday and Friday - 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 4:30 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 12:30 pm
Submitted by Corky © 1998
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