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.

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.

The library will close from 1pm to 2pm on Monday 25 May 2015.

Come and see our new exhibition, 'Another View: Gaelic manuscript culture in Edmund Spenser's Ireland'. Preview Thursday 21 May 2015. Exhibition open from Monday 25 May 2015 (10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm). 

Annual closing 2015: The Library will be closed Monday 10th August - Friday 21st August (incl.) for annual cleaning and stock-taking.

Closed on bank holidays: Monday 1 June 2015; Monday 3 August 2015; 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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