Marsh's Library Dublin Reviews
Impressive books Oct 01, 2010
Although Trinity College is well visited and well known, Marsh’s library is another academic institution which is hardly known about unfortunately. It is the country’s oldest national library and was founded in 1701, and contains thousands of books and manuscripts.
The books range from a wide variety of subjects, from theology, mathematics and classics to medicine and law. I was particularly drawn to the medicine books; they had really detailed diagrams and information about the human body which must have been cutting edge knowledge a few centuries ago.
Apart from the contents, the building itself is very beautiful too. From the outside, it doesn’t feel like you’re going into a library at all. Once inside, the grand oak bookcases and flooring make you feel as if you are in some aristocratic house.
The entrance fee is really cheap at about 2 or 3 Euros. The guy at the entrance is very charming and helpful, and will give you a quick idea of what to expect and see. Though it’s not a large site, the library is worth a quick visit.
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