Earlier this month the National Library of Ireland (NLI) launched an advance ordering service for those wishing to view its catalogued Manuscript Collection.
Up to five items can now be ordered by telephone or email -- (01) 6030 386, firstname.lastname@example.org. A form needs to be completed if ordering by email. Your can download it here.
Your request has to be logged by staff by 9am on the day you wish to view, so get your order in as early as possible the previous day if not before. Automatic confirmations are not issued.
The Manuscript Collection covers a wide range of subjects concerning Irish people in Ireland and overseas. Those of most interest to genealogists include landed estate records, maps and papers relating to certain businesses or industries.