Heritage and History

Dublin and Irish Collections

Moll's map of Dublin, 1714Dublin City Library & Archive holds an extensive collection relating to Dublin and Ireland, which are an important resource for local history studies.

Dublin City Archives

White Book of Dublin, 1266Dublin City Archives contains records of Dublin's civic government from 1171 and many private archives relating to Dublin.

Family History

Family historyResources to assist you in tracing your family tree include church records, land records, civil and census records.


Electoral Lists 1908-1915 Access databases produced by Dublin City Library & Archive, plus free & subscription databases such as Findmypast & Ancestry Library Edition.

The Reading Room

Reading RoomThe Reading Room is open 10am-8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday & Saturday. Personal study spaces are provided.

Image Galleries

Failte Ireland collectionBrowse over 5,000 images from our Archives, special collections and the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection.

Digital Repository

King George of Greece, 1940Digital records relating to Dublin from different time periods, including photographs, postcards, letters, maps and ephemeral material.

Dublin Diary

Phoenix Park Murders: The Illustrated London News 20 May 1882See what stories made the news in Dublin over the years during the current month.

Doing their Bit: Irish Women and First World War

woman's in DublinExhibition on display at Dublin City Library and Archive, March to April 2018

From working in munitions factories, V.A.D. nursing, supporting the war effort through charitable works, and leading the anti-conscription movement, World War 1 led to a multitude of different experiences for Irish women. This new exhibition draws on the collections of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other material held at Dublin City Library and Archive to explore different aspects of these experiences and how they were impacted by class, religion and political persuasion.

Free Guided Exhibition Tour

Saturday 24 March at 3pm, Saturday 7, 14, 21, 28 April at 11am.  Meet in the Dublin Room, Dublin City Library and Archive
Free. Booking essential: https://doingtheirbit.eventbrite.ie