National Library Of Ireland Family Events

National Library Of Ireland hosts a wide variety of events including  theatre, children’s storytelling, creative workshops, and much more which are great fun for all the family. Storytelling events are a regular feature in their family programme,go along to a story reading , where you can  snuggle down on the bean bags and read a story together. And follow on with a drawing session where you can draw you own interpretation of the story.

Why not visit the Yeats exhibition and follow the Yeats  trail? The activity trail is free and can be picked up at the exhibition.

Admission: Free – Booking is essential as places are limited. To book a place, call 01 603 0346 or email

My Yeats Programme

Families can enjoy the exhibition Yeats:- the life and work of William Butler Yeats all year round.

They have a ‘My Yeats’ guide to help children and their parents explore the exhibition together. The guide is suitable for children aged 7+ and is available free of charge at the exhibition area.

As part of the ‘My Yeats’ programme for children, in April, May and June they run a series of Saturday morning storytelling for children aged 4+ followed by a special children’s tour of the exhibition. They also offered a number of creative workshops for children throughout the Summer

The fifth Summer’s Wreath programme, which will take place in June, will celebrate the creativity and legacy of William Butler Yeats. Many Irish and international guests will grace us with their personal reflections and readings from Yeats’s poetry, plays and stories.

My Yeats – Programme For Children

Classification :-  Children Storytelling  and Tour /   Age 4 +

Admission :-    Free , but as places are limited

Familyfun Tip :-   Come Early

The National Library Opining Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday: 9.30 – 20.00
  • Thursday – Fri:  9.30 – 17.00
  • Saturday:      9.30 – 13.00


The National Library Café and Shop

  • Joly Café

The Joly Café  is located on the ground floor off the front hall in the main Library. Snack foods, light lunches as well as teas and coffees are available throughout the day. There is seating for 46 in a comfortable, bright room which in an earlier era was also a café.

  • Library Shop

The Library Shop is located on the ground floor of the main Library opposite the café. It sells a range of books, cds, postcards and other products related to the Library’s collections and exhibition programmes.


Culture Night Special Event – Children’s Books Ireland event at the National Library of Ireland

If you’re a young reader or author (or if you’re just curious!) you’ll have a very special chance on Culture Night to take part in a virtual visit to the studio of a picture book artist. You can watch the artist at work, ask questions and try out some picture book techniques for yourself with picture book artists and authors Niamh Sharkey, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Annie West. Open Studio will use the latest technology to let you connect with a professional children’s writer or illustrator.

Events take place in the seminar room of the National Library at 19.00, 19.45 and 20.30 and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis from approximately 18.00.

Drop-in activities available between 19.00 – 21.00. For more information tel: (01) 8727 475

Classification :-  Children Workshop  /   Age 7 +

Date  :-   TBC

Time:- 19.00 – 21.00

Admission :- Free but booking required and places limited Tel. 01 6030277 


How To Get To The National Library Of Ireland

The National Library is located on Kildare Street in the centre of Dublin.

The Google map shows the location of the Main Library Building on Kildare Street. There are other Library building at 2/3 Kildare Street and the National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.

The Library’s administrative headquarters are also located at no. 4 Kildare Street.

LUAS Green Line:-   to St Stephen’s Green

Car:-    Meter parking on St. Stephens Green