Public libraries are an invaluable resource for those looking for a space to read or study in peace. Indeed, public libraries are among the few places in many cities where one can spend time without the expectation of spending money.
Thankfully, there are several excellent public libraries in Dublin that offer spaces for those wishing to read or study.
In this post, we share the 5 best libraries in Dublin for studying.
Map of Libraries
The following map shows the location of every library highlighted in this post:
Source: Dublin City Council
The first entry on our list won’t come as a surprise to any student in Dublin – the Rathmines Library is well-known as one of the best places in the city to study in peace and quiet. The beautiful and grand library building dates back to 1913, and was financed in part by the American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
In addition to reading spaces, the library offers free wifi, as well as a range of services to members including printing and photocopying. It is generally recommended to arrive early, as it is common for the available reading spaces to fill up quickly.
Location: 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin
Dublin City Library and Archive
The Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street in the centre of the city is one of the lesser-know spots in Dublin for reading and studying. The library offers a limited number of study spaces for people who do not require access to the library or archive but who wish to read or study. Photo ID is required to gain access to the reading room. Further information on accessing the reading room can be found here.
The library offers free wifi, as well as the usual printing and photocopying facilities.
Location: 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin
The large and modern Blanchardstown Library, situated beside Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, is easily one of the best libraries in the country. The bright and spacious interior is the perfect setting to get some study or reading done.
However, it should be noted that the library is family-friendly, and as such there may be children’s activities taking place throughout the day. It is a good idea to bring a pair of headphones in case there is an event taking place in the library. As you would expect, there is free wifi available
Location: The Civic Centre, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
The dlr LexIcon library in Dun Laoghaire in South Dublin is one of the newest libraries in the country, opening its doors in 2015. The striking modernist building houses a library and cultural centre. The library offers 100 dedicated study spaces, as well as free wifi and the usual printing and photocopying services for members.
Situated in the heart of Dun Laoghaire, there is the added bonus of having the many excellent cafes and restaurants of the neighbourhood available to you after a long day’s study.
The video below gives a glimpse of the library and its bright and gracious interior:
Finally, we come to the Central Library, located in the Ilac Shopping Centre in the centre of the city. Due to its location, it is no surprise that it is one of the most popular and busiest libraries in the city, and certainly not the best spot for those looking for a tranquil oasis away from the bustle of Dublin.
However, for those who prefer to read or study somewhere vibrant and full of life, the Central Library is certainly a convenient location, with the benefit of being able to linger as long as you like without having to order a cappuccino every 2 hours. There is free wifi available, as well as the usual printing facilities for members. It should be noted however that the reading spaces frequently fill up shortly after the library opens, so those looking to acquire a table would be advised to arrive early.
Location: Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin