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May at the NLI

Guided Tour of the Yeats Exhibition FREE


Every Wednesday at 1.00pm/Every Saturday at 3.00pm.

Learn more about one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century on this guided tour.


NLI Guided Tour FREE
Every Saturday 2.30pm

Learn about the NLI’s history and architecture.



Bealtaine Events at the NLI for May


During May, the Library will host several free events to celebrate Bealtaine, Ireland’s biggest collaborative arts festival focusing on creativity in older age.  Go behind the scenes, learn about the collections and hear more about our range of services, exhibitions and events.


Afternoon Delights

Thursday, 9 May at 2.30 pm

What better way to celebrate Bealtaine than with a guided tour of the life and works of William Butler Yeats followed by afternoon tea in the Joly café (10% discount in the café).
Free but booking required. To book a place call (01) 603 0259 or e-mail


Memoir writing with Irene Graham

Monday, 13 May at 2.00pm


Have you ever been interested in writing your memoirs, but unsure of where to start? Join author Irene Graham for an interactive in-depth lecture and discussion on Memoir Writing and how to weave family history into your story.Free but booking  required. To book a place call (01) 603 0259 or e-mail


Poetry Reading and Poetry Writing workshop

Wednesday, 15 May at 1.10pm


Join Australian poets, Diane Fahey and Ali Cobby Eckermann for a poetry reading  (1.10pm – 2pm) followed by a poetry writing workshop from (2.30pm  – 3.45pm). No need to book, just drop-in on the day


Learn to use the NLI

Thurs 16 May at 11am and Mon 20th May at 2.30 pm


New to the Library? Or a regular who’s not sure how it all works?  Join us for this free introduction where we will show you how to get a Reader’s ticket, how to search our catalogues, how to order material and much more. All welcome. No booking required.


Caring for your Collection: Conservation workshop

Thurs 23 May 11am – 1pm


Join one of the library’s conservators for this workshop on caring for your paper-based collections. Aimed at the amateur collector/family historian, this is an opportunity to share and discuss issues around conservation and to learn how best to look after your own collection.Free but booking required. To reserve a place email: or call 01 603 0259.


Sharing memories of the John F Kennedy visit to Ireland

Thursday, 30 May 10am – 4pm


We invite you to step back in time and share your memorabilia of the visit of John F Kennedy to Ireland. We will scan and ‘pin’ the images, along with your memory of the event to the John F Kennedy visit to Ireland channel on Historypin,  an online history and map site. All items are returned after scanning. Please indicate your interest in this event by making an advance booking;


Discover your National Library: Particles of the Past FREE

There are just a few weeks left to visit our multimedia exhibition Discover your National Library. The exhibition invites you behind the scenes to view amazing never-before-seen treasures from our collections, and hear from the staff that look after them.

See for further details and opening times.


Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats FREE

This award-winning exhibition is a must see for all Yeats fans.

Free guided tour available on Wednesdays at 1pm and every Saturday at 3pm

See for further details and opening times. 

Last chance to see Taking Stock at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin FREE

This reflects the amazing richness of the NPA’s collections, which range in date from the beginnings of photography in 1839, to the present day. The exhibition is focused around four broad themes: employment and travel; notable occasions; photographic process; and leisure and creativity. Visitors can also see examples of NPA curatorial/preservation activities, plans for future projects and a range of historic photographic equipment. The exhibition runs until Summer 2013. 

See for further details and opening times.

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