Library

The RSAI library has collections of books and journals relating principally to the local history and antiquities of Ireland, including titles published in the UK and further afield. The library is for the use of members but visitors are welcome and a library card can be purchased by non-members wishing to use the facility on a regular basis. Most of the library’s holdings are housed in the reading room at Society House and are available on open access shelves. The collections are for reference only. All books, pamphlets and electronic resources are catalogued online here.

The Society’s archives include a comprehensive collection of photographic albums and slides, primarily depicting archaeological sites in Ireland. It also preserves a variety of communications, documents and drawings by notable Irish antiquaries including Miller, Robertson and Graves. A catalogue of the archives is available for download here.

No appointment is necessary, although readers wishing to consult image collections or manuscript material are required to contact the librarian in advance of their visit.

Opening hours

Wednesday and Thursday, 10.00am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.


Please click here to search our online catalogue.

Or contact our Acting Librarian Stephanie Chen for further information.