The Oireachtas Library

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service manages the Irish parliamentary library and provides an impartial research service to Members of the Oireachtas in support of their parliamentary business.

The exhibition

When the Irish Free State came into existence in 1922, there was an immediate need to form a library to tend to the need of elected officials. After two years preparatory work the Oireachtas library was formed in 1924.

This exhibition celebrates its 90th anniversary and looks at some of the challenges in its development into today's integrated service.

This exhibition will examine some of these issues, describe how the role of the library changed over the years, and shine a light on some of the influential figures who helped shape the library to become what it is today.



Useful links

The L&RS Online catalogue (OPAC).  This enables members of the public, departments & agencies, and academic users to access digital scans of over 80,000 documents.

Government Libraries Section (GLS) of the Library Association of Ireland.

Library and Resarch Services for Parliaments section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

European Parliamentary Service