Library Tours

The library tours will take place on Friday 16th June after the closing ceremony.

Places for each tour are limited. To book a tour to some of Dublin’s best libraries, please log back into your registration account. Please see library descriptions below.

Berkeley Library, The Library of the Trinity College Dublin
Website: http://www.tcd.ie/library/, http://www.tcd.ie/library/berkeley/
Twitter: @tcdlibrary
Description: The Berkeley Library, designed by architect Paul Koralek and opened in 1967, is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest modern buildings. In 2017, the Library of Trinity College is hosting a series of events to celebrate the first fifty years of the building and consider how it might continue to inspire and delight in the future.  This guided tour offers a unique opportunity to explore its beautiful concrete textures and forms up close and learn about its history in context.
Tour start time: 15:00 (Depart Dublin Castle 2.45pm at the latest)
Tour end time: 15:30
Max number of places: 30 ( 2 groups x 15)
Location: Berkeley Library, The Library of Trinity College Dublin, College Street, Dublin 2. Campus Map
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 13 minutes (1 km) Route Map

Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) – Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann
Website: http://www.itma.ie/
Twitter: @ITMADublin
Description: The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.
Established in 1987, the Archive is the first body to be exclusively concerned with the making of a comprehensive multimedia collection of materials – sound recordings, books and serials, sheet music and ballad sheets, photographs, videos and DVDs, etc. – for the appreciation and study of Irish traditional music.
The Archive now holds the largest such collection in existence, with coverage of the island of Ireland, of areas of Irish settlement abroad (especially in Britain, North America and Australia), and of non-Irish performers of Irish traditional music. A representative collection of the traditional music of other countries is also being made.
Tour start time: 15:00 (Depart Dublin Castle 2.45pm at the latest)
Tour end time: 15:30
Max number of places: 20
Location: 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 22 minutes (1.7 km) Route Map

National Photographic Archive, National Library of Ireland – Cartlann Grianghrafadóireachta Náisiúnta, Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann
Website: http://www.nli.ie/en/national-photographic-archive.aspx, http://www.nli.ie/en/photographs-introduction.aspx
Twitter: @NLIreland
Description: The National Library of Ireland’s collection of 5.2 million photographs is the world’s largest relating to Ireland and dates from the 1840s to the present. Subject matter ranges from topographical views to studio portraits and from political events to early tourist photographs. The Library maintains an active collecting policy and material is constantly added to the collections, often by way of generous donations from various sources.
During the tour you will have an opportunity to learn more about the collection and to visit the current exhibition of covers from “The Hot Press”.
The Hot Press Covers Exhibition
For 40 years, appearing on the cover of Hot Press magazine has been a prized ambition for musicians, bands, and celebrities. Featuring iconic covers, beautifully hand-printed and signed by the cover stars, this exhibition conjures up a wonderfully tantalising story of Ireland since 1977.
Tour start time: 15:00 (Depart Dublin Castle 2.45pm at the latest)
Tour end time: 15:30 followed by an optional viewing of The Hot Press Covers Exhibition
Max number of places: 14
Location: Meeting House Square, Dublin 2
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 5 minutes (400 metres) Route Map

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)
Website:  www.rcpi.ie/heritage-centre, www.rcpilibrary.blogspot.ie
Twitter: @RCPIArchive
Description: Dun’s Library – Dun’s Library was founded in 1713 with the bequest of the personal library of Sir Patrick Dun, former President, to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Developed by the College for over 300 years the collection of approximately 30,000 items is housed in the College’s magnificent Victorian home in the centre of Dublin.
No longer a current medical library, Dun’s Library is now part of RCPI’s Heritage Centre, which promotes the study of, and public engagement with, the history of medicine in Ireland through its unique library, archive and object collections. RCPI’s Heritage Centre has just received Interim Accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
Tour start time: 15:30 (Depart Dublin Castle at 3pm)
Tour end time:
Max number of places: 30
Location: 6 Kildare Street Location Map
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 15 minutes (1.2 km) Route Map

The Edward Worth Library
Website: www.edwardworthlibrary.ie, https://www.facebook.com/edwardworthlibrary
Description: The Edward Worth Library in Dr Steevens’ Hospital is, quite literally, a gem of a collection. With its wonderfully preserved glittering spines and its unique early eighteenth-century glass bookcases, it offers readers and visitors an opportunity to enter the private world of a Dublin physician and connoisseur book collector at the start of the eighteenth century.
Tour start time: 15:15 (depart Dublin Castle at 2.30pm)
Tour end time:
Max number of places: 25
Location: The Edward Worth Library (1733), Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 30 minutes (2 km) Route Map

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
Website: http://www.rcsi.ie/
Description: For over 200 years RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the College provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Learn about the history of the College, one of Dublin’s iconic buildings and how it came to be built at its historic landmark location on St. Stephen’s Green. Learn about some of the individuals and events that have shaped, not just the College’s history, but the local and national history over the past 230 years.
The tours will be guided by Bryan Sheils (Front of House Manger, RCSI) and Frank Donegan (Head Porter, RCSI).
Tour start time: 15:00 (depart Dublin Castle no later than 2.45pm)
Max number of places: 20
Location: 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Campus Map
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 15 minutes (1.2 km) Route Map

Chester Beatty Library
Description: Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor’s itinerary.  As the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’ and rated consistently in the top 5 of TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Top things to do in Dublin’, the library’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.
Tour start time: 15:00 (depart Dublin Castle no later than 2.45pm)
Max number of places: 20
Location: Clock Tower Building, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 300m

Marsh’s Library
Description: Step into the Eighteenth Century. Unchanged for three centuries, this perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment, with its original oak bookcases, houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Marsh’s Library was founded in the early eighteenth century by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh (1638-1713).Designed by Sir William Robinson (d.1712) the Surveyor General of Ireland, it is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose.
Tour start time: 15:00 (depart Dublin Castle no later than 2.45pm)
Max number of places: 25
Location: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 950m route map

Rotunda Hospital
Description: In 1745 Bartholomew Mosse, surgeon and man-midwife, founded the original Dublin Lying-In Hospital as a maternity training hospital, the first of its kind. In 1757, the institution moved to a different location where it became “The New Lying-In Hospital”. This is the hospital complex that is referred to today as simply “The Rotunda”. The Rotunda Hospital is unique as an institution in that it has continued to provide an unbroken record of service to women and babies since its foundation in 1745 and has occupied its present premises since 1757.
Tour start time: 15:00 (depart Dublin Castle no later than 2.45pm)
Max number of places: 15
Location: Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 1.3km route map

Royal Irish Academy
Description: The Royal Irish Academy Library is an important research centre for the study of Irish history, language, archaeology and the history of Irish science. Home to the Cathach, the sixth-century Latin psalter reputed to have been copied by St Colum Cille (Columba), our repository houses the largest collection of Irish language manuscripts in the world, including Lebor na hUidre (the Book of the Dun Cow), the oldest extant manuscript completely in Irish. The Library holds significant manuscript resources in English and Latin for the study of Irish history, society and politics, important natural history collections and it  has excellent collections of antiquarian books and periodicals.
Tour start time: 15:00 (depart Dublin Castle no later than 2.45pm)
Max number of places: 40
Location: 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 1.2km route map

Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Description: The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland was established in 1849 to ‘preserve, examine all ancient monuments and memorials of the arts, manners and customs of the past, as connected with the antiquities language, literature and history of Ireland’. Its activities include regular lectures and excursions, the publication of its journal and the provision of a rich resource of research materials, both printed and manuscript, available in its library. Society House on Merrion Square, is an excellent example of a Georgian Dublin townhouse, and its garden is the only example of a Georgian garden in Dublin.
Tour start time: 15:00 (depart Dublin Castle no later than 2.45pm)
Max number of places: 20
Location: 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
Approx. travel time (walking) and distance from conference venue: 1.8km route map