National Library of Ireland
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Saturday 15 October, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
The National library of Ireland was established in 1877, under the Dublin Science and Museum Act. For the first 13 years of its existence, the Library shared a space in Leinster House with the Royal Dublin Society. Leinster House struggled to contain the vastly growing collections of both the Library and the Society. After an architectural competition, Thomas Deane and Son’s design was chosen for a new National Library and National Museum that were to be constructed by J. and W. Beckett. The chief architect Thomas Deane was a member of the Royal Dublin Society and was committed to improving and broadening the education of aspiring architects to include the study of fine art and antiquities. The building was also inspired by the suggestions of its first librarian, William Archer and is constructed in the Victorian Palladian style with its grand neoclassical colonnades and rotunda.