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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Print Collections

The Academy Library’s print collections include books, pamphlets, auction catalogues, maps, broadsides and printed ephemera. Each item in the collection is individually catalogued on our Main Catalogue which is available online. The Academy Library’s holdings of Periodicals are listed in the Periodicals Catalogue, which provides title-level summary descriptions of the periodicals in the collection.

Books in Irish

Books in Irish - an important resource for Irish language publishing, the Academy Library caters for the Irish language in all formats.

Early Imprints from Ireland

Early imprints from Ireland - The Academy Library holds many important early print collections relating to Ireland – cultural, economic, linguistic, social and political aspects of our history.

Early Scientific Works

An introduction to the scientific collections held by the Academy Library.

Entomological library of Alexander Henry Haliday, MRIA (1806–1870)

Alexander Henry Haliday (1806–1870), entomologist, bequeathed his library of entomological books to the Royal Irish Academy in 1870.

Haliday Pamphlet and Tract Collections

The Haliday Collection comprises over 36,000 pamphlets and tracts from 16th to 19th centuries. It is an invaluable source for the study of Irish social, economic, political and cultural history, literature and antiquities.

Irish History Collection

The Irish History Collection - a go-to resource for all aspects of Irish history from the earliest times. Try out our online catalogues to find our more.

Irish and International Journal Collections

The Academy Library holds major national and international journal collections of historic and current interest to research.

Longfield–Roberts Collection

The entomological library of Cynthia Longfield (1896–1991).

The Library of Thomas Moore, Hon. MRIA, 1779-1852

The private library of Thomas Moore, ‘the Bard of Erin,’ is a fine collection of classical literature and historical, literary and philosophical works.

Members’ Publications

The Members’ Publications collection of the Royal Irish Academy Library is a collection of publications, written or edited by Academy Members (MRIAs). Holdings can be accessed through the Library’s Main Catalogue.

Sale Catalogues

 A collection of 19th and 20th century booksellers’ catalogues and auction catalogues, includes sales of private library collections.

The Library of Osborn Bergin

Guide to the collection of O.J. Bergin, outstanding Irish scholar and philologist

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