Explore the library at your own pace with a self-guided visit, for our standard admission fee. Your group will be welcomed by our staff and given an introduction. Information leaflets are available in eight languages and staff are always available to answer your questions.
We can host a maximum of 25 people per self-guided group. If you have more than this, we will divide your group so that you get the best attention from our staff. Please let us know in advance so that we can look after you.
You can experience a guided tour of the library with a member of our famously friendly and informative staff (€15 full/€5 students/seniors).
This takes 20 to 30 minutes but can be longer or shorter to suit your schedule.
Commercial language school groups are charged €5 per student for a guided tour. Leaders of language school groups are admitted free.
You will have a lively and engaging experience as a member of staff regales you with stories from the library’s past and present. The exhibition and mini-figure hunt will be available at the tour’s end and your guide will answer any follow up questions you may have.
This tour will give you a sense of the precious nature of the building and the books and manuscripts in our collection.
To make a booking for a group visit, please use the contact form below.
An eighteenth-century library full of history, ancient volumes with curious contents, fascinating exhibitions all year round, stories of famous readers and writers, minifigures for children to seek, a hidden courtyard garden, and perhaps a resident ghost…
Visiting adults often recall their own school visits!
We offer school tours and activities tailored for different ages.
School groups are admitted free. Commercial language schools do not qualify for free entry and are charged at the rate of €5 per student for a guided tour (leaders are admitted free).
A guided tour of the library with one of our expert curators, plus an exclusive private viewing of rare books and manuscripts chosen by the curator.
During your tour, the curator will provide insights into the library’s past and present. The tour will be tailored to your schedule and will last from 40 to 60 minutes.
Please use the form below to contact us with your requirements. The fee is available on request and every cent goes to support research and conservation in the library.
You will be met at the front door by our Director (or Deputy Director, if the Director is not available). Your group will be the only people in the library for the tour, and we will hand-pick a selection of rare books and manuscripts for you to view, based on your personal interests. You will be amazed at the range of exciting materials we can show you.
The tour and viewing will last from 60 to 90 minutes.
The fee for this premium experience is available on application, and will depend upon the group’s schedule, requirements and interests. All monies raised are used to support research and conservation in the library.