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.

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

The Library will close between 12.30 and 3pm on Wednesday 22nd April.

The Book of Ballymote exhibition will be closed to the public at the following times:

Thursday 16 April 10am-2pm

Friday 17 April all day

Wednesday 22 April, 12.30-3pm

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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).




Closed on Monday 4 May (Bank holiday).

Closed on Monday 1 June (Bank holiday).

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