• Find us

    Marsh's Library is located just behind St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

    Marsh's Library is located just behind St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.


  • Donations

    Marsh’s Library is a registered charity and is grateful for donations to help fund particular projects.

    Marsh’s Library is a registered charity and is grateful for donations to help fund particular projects.


  • History

    Marsh’s Library, built in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh (1638-1713), was the first public library in Ireland.

    Marsh’s Library, built in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh (1638-1713), was the first public library in Ireland.


News from the Reading Room
  • Serpent Designers: a visit from the author!

    Alan Early, the author of  ‘Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent‘, inspiration for our Design a Serpent competition, dropped in to the library to see the drawings!

    Alan Early, the author of  ‘Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent‘, inspiration for our Design a Serpent competition, dropped in to the library to see the drawings!


  • Serpent Designers: The Winners

    We are coming to the last two days of our ‘Design a Serpent’ Exhibition and can now announce the worthy winners. Well done to 1st prize winners; Aoife Early, Brienne […]

    We are coming to the last two days of our ‘Design a Serpent’ Exhibition and can now announce the worthy winners. Well done to 1st prize winners; Aoife Early, Brienne […]


  • Serpents in the Library!

        No, it’s not a remake of ‘Snakes on Planes’… it’s an exhibition of children’s drawings of the World Serpent

        No, it’s not a remake of ‘Snakes on Planes’… it’s an exhibition of children’s drawings of the World Serpent