Library and archives



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The Gallery's 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, the Institutional Archive and the Sir Denis Mahon Library and Archive. Rich and varied, these resources relate to the national and international development of the visual arts from the middle ages onward and support the study of the development the Western European artistic tradition. These collections play a valuable role in supporting the work of the Gallery’s curatorial, exhibitions, conservation, registration, education and research staff. The collections are regularly consulted by artists, students, scholars and academics, art dealers and collectors and members of the public. 

The collections, as well as a number of online resources, are available for consultation in the reading rooms of the Art Library and ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art. 

Tours of the collections are available by request.

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Title page of Vasari's Vite

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Irish Women Artists from the Archives

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