Marsh’s library will be closed Wednesday July 24th from 11:30am to 12:30pm for a private event.

Group Visits


Please be aware that due to the nature of the historic building the galleries of the library are not accessible to wheelchairs. We can provide access to the ground floor reader facilities, shop and garden on request and are happy to help: just get in touch. We love to see children of all ages in the Library. If you need help carrying a buggy or pram up the stairs, just ask our staff.

Group Options

You can choose a self-guided tour for your group, or one of our guided tour experiences. For all group options, see below.


Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided Tours

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.

How many?

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.

Lots to see

Learn about the famous Irish writers who read here!

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

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.

New stories around every corner

School Visits

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).

Student creating a lino cut bookmark

Learning about printing

VIP Tour

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.

The Second Gallery

A view of the Second Gallery, with Marsh's books on the left and John Stearne's on the right

VIP Tour Plus

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.

A view of the beautiful first gallery of the library

Get in touch with your enquiry about group bookings

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