Archbishop Marsh’s Library is a beautifully-preserved building from the early eighteenth century. Opened as Ireland’s first public library in 1707, the original oak bookcases house more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Famous readers have included Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce. Located beside St Patrick’s Cathedral, the library is one of the city’s true gems and its well worth rediscovering if you haven’t been for a while. Children particularly welcome, but do beware of the ghost of the Archbishop.
Current Exhibition: 1916 Tales from the Other Side
1916 Tales from the Other Side is a unique exhibition focusing on the attitudes and opinions from different pockets of society and discoveries made from the archives and the more modern items from Marsh’s collections. We of course could not exclude our bullet wounded books!
You will meet in the exhibition amongst others, the Keeper of the Library, Newport JD White, who recorded all the events and damages to the library during the rising and the years that followed, Jessica Taylor, a blossoming teenager writing down her daily observations in her jotter and a Mr Burd, who doesn’t know quite how to sign his name in the readers book over the course of the civil war and War of Independence.
At the end of the exhibition we have provided visitors with a selection of hats to don and welcome you to take a selfie, and if you are really happy with the result, we would love you to tweet your photo and send us a copy to add to our 1916 gallery on display.
There are other activities in the library too, as always we have the ink quill table for everyone to have a try at, but also we welcome you to see and touch some newly wounded books, courtesy of the Irish Army and add to our growing collection of book titles you would save from an impending bullet.
Entrance fees are 3 Euros for adults, 2 Euros for concessions and Free for children. Opening times: 9.30am – 5.00pm daily (except Tues & Sundays) and opening at 10.00am Saturdays.