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Though you can’t browse the books themselves, selected tomes are displayed according to changing themes. Full review →
When Ireland's first public library was founded and endowed in 1701 by Narcissus Marsh, the Archbishop of Dublin, it was made open to "All Graduates and Gentlemen". Full review →
This caged library, founded in 1701, is the real thing. Unlike Trinity College's Long Room, which is largely for show these days, Marsh's Library is still functioning. Full review →
This magnificently preserved scholars' library, virtually unchanged in three centuries, is one of Dublin's most beautiful open secrets, and an absolute highlight of any visit. Full review →
The first public library in Ireland was built in 1701 by archbishop Narcissus Marsh. There are 25 000 volumes here. Full review →
This is the oldest public library in Ireland (and the only 18th-century building still used for its original purpose). Full review →
One of the most atmospheric spots in Dublin, Marsh’s Library is a hauntingly beautiful building, which has barely changed in three centuries Full review →At the back of the library, there are three ornate alcoves with wire doors, used as “reading cages”—readers would have been locked in when they were studying a rare book, to avoid theft.