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Marsh's Library

St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 454 3511
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IF YOU LIKE BOOKS.... IT'S A MUST-SEE!

Oisin certainly knows the history of this library! Do drop in just to view these fantastic books... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Christy_Luv2
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Gorey, Ireland
Sweet Library, hidden away

A very nice library, with friendly and helpful staff. There were two stories one could follow; both... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Marie-Victoria F
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One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a wonderfully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature. There is also some material of a very scurrilous nature. Every year an exhibition of rare and curious items is presented from the holdings of the Library. The current exhibition is titled: 'Hunting Stolen Books', an exhibition of books that went missing from the collection but were luckily found, returned or replaced.
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St Patrick's Close, Dublin, Ireland
South City Centre
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Oisin certainly knows the history of this library! Do drop in just to view these fantastic books, the earliest from the 1400's! How fantastic. You can also see where bullets shot in 1916 hit three of the books. Thank you Oisin, for a very informative...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Oisin says 'You're welcome and thank you!'

Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

A very nice library, with friendly and helpful staff. There were two stories one could follow; both about the library's stolen books and history, and one of them with nice illustrations. There was a drawing corner for children, as well as one for adults (where...More

Thank Marie-Victoria F
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us, very much appreciated.

Reviewed 29 June 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this library. The people overseeing it are great, and very friendly and informative. Yes it's small, but perfectly formed, with display cases with selected exhibits. There are little activities, calligraphy, brass rubbings (meant for kids, but there weren't any...More

Thank AmzR
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

The brass rubbings are next door in St. Patrick's but we do have the calligraphy and now a LEGO® minifigure hunt and LEGO® station! Thanks for your review, much appreciated.

Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Whilst not as big as the Long Room at Trinity College, this collection is in original condition going back to the 1700s.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

I wish there was more of a tour for it, or a small handbook. There is sure to be hundreds of stories that that museum has to share, but unless you ask its not really presented.More

Thank 99Jax
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Sorry you felt uninformed about the library. The information leaflet you got at the door has all the history of the library, but we pride ourselves on the staff who will have been happy to retell some of the more quirky stories from the library....More

Reviewed 12 June 2017

An amazing library packed with historical atmosphere, hidden from the crowds. A must see when in Dublin.

Thank 123Nina321
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thank you!

Reviewed 1 June 2017

Don't miss a chance to visit this historic library in Dublin! Very small in size but very vast in range of content and quirky stories. See ancient textbooks, locked "reading cages" and a great overview by the library staff. Small fee, plan to spend about...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

The staff is so nice!! She gave me a brief history. You cannot take photos which I understand you must preserve the area. One of the reasons you cannot take photos also is because they have had many books stolen which is very sad, Completely...More

Thank Kelly G
Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit, so sorry you couldn't take a selfie...any member of staff would have been pleased to help out!! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 28 May 2017

we had time to go next door to Marsh Library. It cost 2 Euro and he paid for us to go in. While not as breathtaking as Trinity College library, it was still gorgeous and had the wonderful smell of old books. It was the...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Tee hee, you must have come when it was Maths Week for all the schools, so we would have had school groups coming in! That was a warm up puzzle for the children to warm up their brain muscles! Thank you for your very detailed...More

Reviewed 28 May 2017

This is a nice library, what disappointed me was the fact that you could not take photos inside. I would have nothing to say about it if they did not have tripadvisor stickers spread around the library suggesting visitors to write reviews and share. If...More

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Julie B, Education Officer at Marsh's Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Sorry you were disappointed not to be able to take photographs of the interior of the library, this is for the security of the collection. We do however allow photographs in the cage area of the second gallery, allowing visitors to take fun selfies. We...More

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