Library & Archives


The library and archive collections are a significant resource for anyone interested in researching art and its associated disciplines. These collections are held in the Art Library, the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, the Yeats Archive and the NGI Institutional Archive. Rich and varied, these resources relate to the national and international development of the visual arts from the middle ages onwards and support the study of the development the Western European artistic tradition.  The Centre for the Study of Irish Art houses an important collection relating to art in Ireland. In addition, the archives and special collections hold many unique items which are unavailable elsewhere. These collections play a valuable role in supporting the work of the Gallery’s curatorial, exhibitions, conservation, registration, education and research staff. They are regularly consulted by artists, students, scholars and academics, art dealers and collectors and members of the public. 

The collections are available for consultation in the reading rooms of the Art Library and Centre for the Study of Irish Art. Tours and introductions may be arranged by request.