The National Library of Ireland is to update its security procedures for the issue of original materials in its Reading Rooms.
From Thursday 1 August, all researchers wanting to consult original items, including hardcopy newspapers, will need to have a valid Reader's Ticket. This will need to be produced before any original materials will be issued.
The process for obtaining a Reader's Ticket is straightforward and, in my very recent experience, dealt with efficiently. Turn up with photographic ID such as passport, driving licence, student/socal security car, travel pass etc; smile for the camera; you are the proud owner of a valid plastic Reader's Ticket. Even the necklace it dangles from is free.
Staff will accept an expired Reader's Ticket if its validity ran out in the past year. If you left your ticket at home, or have lost it, you can get a replacement on production of ID.