The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Important notice in relation to Covid-19

19 November 2021

Academy House is open subject to maximum occupancy levels. All visitors must present their digital Covid-19 Certificate.

All Visitors (Members, visitors to the Library and others)

All external visitors to the Royal Irish Academy (Members, visitors to the Library and other visitors) will now be requested to display their digital Covid-19 certificate and have it verified. The verification will be undertaken at the front desk of Academy House using the Government’s ‘digital Covid-19 cert checker’. 


Access to the Library is strictly by appointment only. Our opening hours are currently MondayWednesday and Thursday, 10:00-13:00 ; 14:00-16:00 for more information please visit our Library Booking page.

We invite you to view our online exhibitions, listen to past lectures and conferences, read the Library’s Blog posts and explore our other digital collections. Our online catalogue is freely available and includes many digitised items from our Prints and Drawings Collections. For enquiries email and the librarian on duty will get back to you. You can also follow us on Twitter @Library_RIA and Instagram @rialibrary

Publications and webshop orders

Our online bookshop is open and orders for books, journals, prints and stationery will be shipped Tuesday to Thursday every week. Customers can also choose to click and collect Tuesday to Thursday between 10:00 and 16:00. For any queries in relation to orders, please contact

Many of our books are also available in a digital format. You can also enjoy our exhibition based on the book A history of Ireland in 100 words online.


Please check the events listing for updates and pay particular attention when booking as to whether they are online, in person or hybrid.

Research projects

All RIA research projects are working remotely. They are continuing with their research and publication schedules. Do look at individual project web pages and news items to see how RIA projects are making new materials available online and providing greater resources for the public during the current crisis.

Grants funding

We know that the implications of the current situation on grant schemes and funded projects will be felt over the next weeks and months, and project timelines and plans may be unavoidably affected as a result of steps taken to contain the virus.

We are focused on anticipating and alleviating the pressures caused by this situation on grants schemes insofar as is practicable. To this end, we are addressing the needs of individual grant schemes and projects on a case-by-case basis.

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