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Heritage and History

Reading Room

Welcome to Dublin City Library and Archive!

We hope that you enjoy your visit and get the maximum benefit from your time with us. The research Reading Room is open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

Study Spaces

Dublin City Library and Archive welcomes researchers and students to its Research Reading Room on the first floor of Pearse Street Library. A number of study spaces have been set aside in the Research Reading Room for students and visitors who wish to read or study, but who do not need to use library or archive materials. These spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis. Read more about study spaces...


Battle of Clontarf City Hall Lunch-Time Lecture Series

‘Commemorating Clontarf: the Battle and its Legacy’ this has been arranged by Dublin City Council to mark the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf.

Image GalleryImage Collections

Images from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collections, Treasures from the Dublin and Irish Collections and conserved maps from Dublin City Archives.

Audio downloadsHeritage and History Media Zone

View, listen, download or subscribe to history and heritage talks.


Heritage and history databases, podcasts, collections, resources and events.

North Strand Bombing 1941North Strand Bombing 1941

Eyewitness accounts of the night of 30-31 May 1941, when bombs were dropped by German aircraft on the North Strand killing 28 people, and injuring many more.

Shelbourne FC players celebrating. Image courtesy of Maurice FrazerRed Reminiscences: Shelbourne Football Club Oral History Project

An oral history project with Shelbourne football supporters and players. Photo: Maurice Frazer