Trinity Library in Dublin

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Walking into the long room of the old Trinity library is like stepping into a Harry Potter Movie. In fact, many people believe the scenes in Hogwarts library were filmed at Trinity,  but it was actually the Bodleian at Oxford University.

My mother and I were visiting Trinity Library to see the Book of Kells, a famous illuminated manuscript from the year 800 A.D. As we made our way to the display area, so did about a thousand other people and we felt like we’d been dropped in the middle of a K Mart on black Friday.  We managed to get a cursory glimpse at the famous book, before deciding we’d had enough.  After extricating ourselves from the mob, we made our way upstairs where it was quieter and where I’d been told there was a nice library.

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National Library of Ireland

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Is this a beautiful Library or what?  Like Trinity, the National Library of Ireland is also located in Dublin, so this city is the lucky host of two cool libraries.

Established in 1877, this is a research library rather than a lending library, and it holds a large quantity of Irish and Irish-related material which can be consulted without charge.

There’s a quiet air of study and concentration here and I didn’t feel we should wander around and disturb people, so we just stuck our heads in and ogled this breathtaking space. Also took a couple of pictures.

If you’re in the neighborhood, check it out!

National Library of Ireland

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