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Marsh’s Library

Photo: Sue Hemmens

Marsh’s Library

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

Commissioned by Narcissus Marsh, as Archbishop of Dublin, Marsh’s Library houses important collections of European books and manuscripts from the 15th to 18th centuries. When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. The interior of Marsh's Library has remained largely unchanged over the past 300 years, and visitors come from all over the world to admire the architecture and soak up the atmosphere. This perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment, with its original oak bookcases, houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Tours will include the library main floor and garden.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: Sir William Robinson
Building Date: 1703
Location: St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8

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