Tuesday 3 May 2011

National Library: changes to opening hours & delivery

The National Library is changing its opening hours and delivery arrangements. This follows a review of visitor numbers and a successful trial of an 'advance ordering' system in the Manuscript Reading Room.

From today, the Kildare Street Reading Rooms will close one and a quarter hours earlier on Monday to Wednesday, and a quarter of an hour earlier on Thursday to Saturday. The new hours are:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9.30am to 7.45pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 9.30am to 4.45pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am to 12.45pm

(Exhibitions will remain open until 4.45pm on Saturdays.)

Also from today, a pre-ordering service will be extended to the Main Reading Room where previously items have been available only on demand. This means that visitors can now:
  • Order documents and microfilms etc in advance of their visit. They will be ready for collection on arrival.
  • Order documents on the day of their visit. These will be delivered at set times during the day.
  • Reserve items that they are using for the following day.