Find out how the Museum's library manage bibliographic resources such as the Cataloguing Project and the Charles J. Haughey library at Turlough Park House.

The role of the Library at the National Museum of Ireland is to collect, manage and make available the bibliographic resources required by the Museum staff to fulfill its function in preserving, interpreting and displaying the material heritage of Ireland. Research services are also provided to external users by appointment only.

The Library is part of the Registration Department and the Librarian is responsible for the management of library collections located on the National Museum of Ireland’s four sites. The main library is located at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks. Library collections are also held at each of the Museum’s four sites.

Scope of the Collection

The collection consists of over 80,000 monographs and bound journals, and the Library currently subscribes to 200 periodical titles. Approximately 3,000 volumes are added to the collection annually, by purchase, donation and exchange.

The library collection reflects the work of the curatorial divisions of the Museum:

  • Decorative Arts & History;
  • Natural History;
  • Archaeology;
  • Country Life.

The library also reflects the work of the Museum's other departments:

  • Conservation;
  • Education;
  • Registration;
  • Administration;
  • Facilities. 

Other subject holdings include museology, heritage interpretation, ethnography, anthropology and general reference works.

The library also holds a comprehensive collection of exhibition catalogues, Irish auction catalogues and the annual reports of other museums and cultural institutions.

Cataloguing Project

A cataloguing project has been underway on three of the four sites since 2004. The collection is in the process of being catalogued onto the Museum’s library management system (Adlib) in accordance with MARC 21 cataloguing standards; DDC 22 classification standards and Library of Congress Subject Headings.


The library service's primary role is to support the staff of the National Museum of Ireland in their role in preserving, interpreting and displaying the material heritage of Ireland.


Registration Department,
Block 10,
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History
Collins Barracks
Benburb Street
Dublin 7


Telephone: +353 (0)1 6486487

Fax: +353 (0)1 6777498

Charles J. Haughey Library

Charles J. Haughey Library

Learn about the collection of books donated to the Museum by the estate of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey

Arthur Kingsley Porter Bequest

Arthur Kingsley Porter Bequest

Learn about the Museum's collection of architectural monographs and pamphlets donated by Lucy Kingsley Porter