Welcome to the Royal Irish Academy Library, one of Ireland’s premier research libraries. The Library manages major manuscript, book, pamphlet and drawings collections. We offer comprehensive access and outreach programmes, facilitate master classes and visits, hold exhibitions and lecture series and publish on the collections. Content is added to our web pages on a regular basis and we invite your comments and enquiries.

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Manuscript call-up times: 10.10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. To avoid delay, please order manuscripts in advance. Tel. librarian on duty at 01-6090620 or email We can also be contacted at the main Academy number 01-6762570.

Please note: The exhibition will be closed 30 Sept (from 1pm), 2 Oct (am), 6 October (all day), 16 Oct (pm), as the room will be in use for conferences.

Come and see our new exhibition, ‘Scribing for Ireland: the Ó Longáin family and the Royal Irish Academy’ 24 August-23 October 2015 (Monday-Thursday 10am-5.30pm, Friday 10am-5pm). 

Closed on bank holiday: Monday 26 October 2015.

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The Reading Room

The Reading Room

‘The Royal Irish Academy has … the best reading and writing space in Ireland.’

Quotation from the latest publication of author David Slattery, with author’s kind permission. (2012).

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