Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath

  • Dublin City Library and Archive


138-144 Pearse Street
D02 HE37


+353 1 6744999


+353 1 6744881

Archival and Other Holdings

Dublin City Archives contains records of the civic government of Dublin from 1171 to the late 20th century. These records include City Council and committee minutes, account books, correspondence, reports, court records, charity petitions, title deeds, maps and plans and drawings all of which document the development of Dublin over eight centuries.

Dublin City Archives also acquires private collections that relate to the history of the city of Dublin or to individuals who worked within the Municipal City.

The Dublin City Library holds an extensive range of books relating to Dublin and Ireland to which are regularly added new publications. In addition to imprints from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries we also hold a considerable collection of older material of which the Gilbert Collection, comprising material from 16th to 18th centuries, forms the nucleus.

Other outstanding resources include the Dix Collection of mainly 17th and 18th century Dublin and Irish imprints, the Yeats Collection, the Children’s Book Collection and imprints of publishers such as the Dun Emer and Cuala Press.

The Dublin Collection holds material relevant to Dublin City including books, newspapers and journals, photographs, maps, prints, drawings, theatre programmes, playbills, posters, ballad sheets, political cartoons, audio-visual material and ephemera. A collection of Thom’s Dublin street directories and other Dublin and Irish directories is also maintained.

Housed alongside the Dublin Collection, the Irish Collection extends to subjects of national interest and includes books and other materials relating to Ireland, by Irish authors, or in the Irish language. The collection includes available published sources for Irish genealogy and family history.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The Dublin City Libraries and Archive Digital Repository has made available online a variety of digital records relating to Dublin from different time periods, including photographs, postcards, letters, maps and ephemeral material. The repository can be accessed here:

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Check the library website for Bank Holidays

Readers wishing to consult manuscripts or early printed books are advised to request them in advance.

Conditions of Access

The Reading Room is open to all readers holding a current Research Card, issued by Dublin City Public Libraries and available on application to all parties who wish to consult the Dublin City Library & Archive collections.


This location is wheelchair accessible, and an induction loop system for use with hearing aids is available.

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