The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents dating from the 16th century. In these exhibitions we highlight some of the fascinating items in our collection. Search our catalogue if you are looking for something specific, or if you would like to browse the entire collection.

In the display case

Each month, the Oireachtas Library & Research Service exhibits selected treasures from the Oireachtas collection in a display case in Leinster House. Take a look at the selection for this and previous months.

 

Uniting the scattered millions

New Digital exhibition

Uniting the scattered millions

Read all about Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa and The United Irishman newspaper he published while living in exile in New York in the late 19th century. The Oireachtas Library holds more than 450 issues of The United Irishman, part of our Dublin Castle collection.

Treasures of the Oireachtas Library

Digital exhibition

Treasures of the Oireachtas Library

To celebrate the centenary of the First Dáil we invited guest curators to explore the treasures in our collection and choose their favourites. Browse our galleries of images, video and text to learn more about our Special Collections and search our library catalogue to see what you can find!

Treasures of the Oireachtas Library

Listen to this discussion about the Treasures of the Oireachtas Library on Morning Ireland.

Online catalogue

Search the complete collections of historical documents and Documents Laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Papers of the early Dáil

Archives

Papers of the early Dáil

The documents of the Dáil during its revolutionary period (1918-1923) are now available online. They give a remarkable insight into the day-to-day work of the early Dáil and its offices. The collection, comprising more than 66,000 pages, was digitised by the National Archives of Ireland in partnership with the Houses of the Oireachtas as part of the centenary of the First Dáil.

Ireland through the decades

Digital exhibition

Ireland through the decades

This exhibition highlights documents laid before the Oireachtas in each decade since 1920. It provides an insight into some of the significant events in Irish society over the last ninety years.

Approaches to mental health

Digital exhibition

Approaches to mental health

This exhibition traces the major shift in the provision of care for the mentally ill and destitute from the 19th century to the early years of the 20th century.