Marsh's Library, Dublin

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Marsh's Library, situated in St. Patrick's Close, adjacent to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland is a well-preserved library of the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment. When it opened to the public in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. It was built to the order of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and has a collection of over 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts.

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  • I was originally intending to visit St Patrick's Cathedral but this was right next door, so I thought I'd take a look. The lady at the front desk was lovely and gave an overview of the key facts...  more »
  • This little gem is tucked behind St. Patrick's cathedral as is worth visiting! It was the first public library in Dublin when it opened I 1702.  more »
  • When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. The books on the shelves certainly seem old! A travel back in time experience, especially in this age of ebooks and audio books. However, the books on the shelves cannot be touched.
  • We happened upon this little library on a wander about Dublin and it's an absolute little gem. Some of the books actually have bullet holes from 1916 rising! There's a little section to try your hand at calligraphy... it's a lot harder than it looks btw! The staff are very friendly and will share a story or two if asked or interested

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