Archbishop Narcissus Marsh founded Marsh's library in 1701. This library/museum is famous for its collection of literature dating from the 15th century to the early part of the 18th century.
It contains over 25000 pieces of written work, which include books, music manuscripts, maps and journals, several of which date back to the early 1400s. Topics are far ranging with prominence given to books on theology but there are also books on such diverse topics as mathematics, science, philosophy, music and the law.
Although still a functioning library, most visitors come to look at its authentic interior. Most of the collections are still arranged on the shelves in their original configurations. It is not often you get to explore an authentic 18th century library.
Stepping into the library will transport you back in time. The beautiful wooden oak interior is adorned in many areas by fine detailed wooden carvings. Another unusual feature are the three caged reading rooms where those wishing to study and read rare books in the library's collection would be locked in. The grilles on the doors are beautifully decorated.
The library is situated behind St Patrick's Cathedral and is open every day except Tuesday and Sundays. Times do vary depending on the day and they are also closed on public holidays.
If you actually want to look and study some of the books, you will need to make prior arrangements with the staff.
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