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Dublin, Ireland

Obscura Day 2016: Dublin's First Public Library

Delve into the history and collections of the oldest public library in Ireland.

Join us on Obscura Day for a guided tour of Dublin's first public library, which is one of the few 18th century buildings left in the city that is still being used for its original purpose.

Marsh's Library is located next to St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, and was established in 1707 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh. Many of the books in its collections of over 25,000 remain on the same shelves originally allocated to them by Marsh and his first librarian, Elias Bouhéreau. The interior of the library has also remained unchanged since it was first built 300 years ago. Each of its dark-paneled bookcases has its own carved and lettered gables.

After the tour, you will get the rare opportunity to look at fragments of manuscripts which have been found inside the library's books, some dating back as early as the twelfth century.

Saturday, April 16; 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ticket Cost: €7

Marsh's Library
St Patrick's Close
Dublin 8

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