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Members of the Government Libraries Section

The members of the Government Libraries Section work in a wide range of government departments and agencies, including:

  • The Central Bank
  • Chief State Solicitor’s Office

  • The Courts Service

  • The Director of Public Prosecutions

  • Economic and Social Research Institute

  • Farmleigh (OPW)

  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland

  • Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

  • Department of Health

  • Houses of the Oireachtas

  • Irish Blood Transfusion Service

  • Department of Justice and Equality

  • Law Reform Commission

  • Legal Aid Board

  • Met Éireann

  • National Botanic Gardens (OPW)

  • Office of Public Works

  • Revenue Commissioners

  • Department of Social Protection

  • Department of Taoiseach

  • Teagasc

Some of the library and information services are open to the public.  Details are as follows:

Economic and Social Research Institute

Library, ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

Tel: 01-8632130

Subject specialisation:  Economics and Sociology

Public access: Strictly by appointment only.  Access to archives 10am – 13pm and 2pm – 4pm.


Food Safety Authority of Ireland

FSAI Library, Abbey Court, Lower Abbey St., Dublin 1

Tel: 01-8171354

Subject specialisation:  Food Safety

Public access: Access by appointment only.  


Irish Blood Transfusion Service

ITBS Library, National Blood Centre, James’s St, Dublin 8

Tel: 01-4322848

Subject specialisation:  Blood transfusion, Haematology, Blood banking, Virology, Laboratory management, Haemovigilance, Recruitment, Psychology and Motivation of blood donors.

Special collections: IBTS Digital Photographic Archive

Public access: Access by appointment only.  


Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board Library and the Refugee Documentation Centre

Montague Court, 7-11 Montague Street, Dublin 2

Tel: 01-4776250

Subject specialisation:

Legal Aid Board Library: Family law, employment law, social welfare law, medical negligence, mental health law, wards of court, mediation/ alternative  dispute resolution, criminal law.

Refugee Documentation Centre: Country of origin information, asylum/refugee law, immigration law, human rights, politics, anthropology.

Special collections: Digital archive including Country of Origin Information (COI) and Query responses.

Public access: Refugee Documentation Centre only. Limited access to the collections. 10am – 12pm and 2pm to 17:00, Monday - Friday.


Met Éireann

Met Éireann Library, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9

Tel: 01-8064225

Subject specialisation: Meteorology, climatology and related subjects.

Special collections: Meteorological Observations dating from 1855, Rainfall Records dating from 1863.

Public access: Strictly by appointment only. 10am-4pm, Monday – Friday.


Houses of the Oireachtas    

Library & Research Service (L&RS), Houses of the Oireachtas

Tel: 01-618 4701

Subject specialisation: Legal, Economic, Social Science, Politics and Parliamentary Affairs.

Special collections: Dublin Castle,  Irish Office and Documents Laid Collections.

Public access: The online catalogue provides access to over 80,000 digital objects from the documents laid and historical collections. See:


Office of Public Works

OPW Library & Information Unit, Jonathan Swift Street, Trim, Co. Meath

Tel: 046-9426158

Subject specialisation: Architecture, Art, Engineering, Hydrometrics, Flood Relief, Property Management, Historic properties.

Special collections:

- OPW architectural drawings archive
- Nineteenth century arterial drainage reports
- OPW annual reports since 1831

Public access: By appointment.  10am– 1pm and 2pm – 4pm, Monday - Friday.


National Botanic Gardens (OPW) 

The National Botanic Gardens Library, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Tel: 01-8040330

Subject specialisation: Botany, Horticulture, Botanical Art, History of botany and horticulture in Ireland.

Special collections: Collection of rare books and periodicals ; Botanical Art ; archival material relating to the National Botanic Gardens.

Public access: By appointment. 9.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.45pm Monday – Friday.


Farmleigh (OPW)

Farmleigh Library, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Tel: 01- 8155908

The collection is owned by Marsh's Library but managed by the OPW.

Subject specialisation: Irish History and Culture. 

Special collections:  Benjamin Iveagh Collection of fine bindings and rare books.

Public access: By appointment for scholars and special interest groups. 10am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 5pm, Monday - Friday.


Revenue Commissioners

Revenue Library and Research Centre, Revenue Commissioners

D’Olier House, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Tel: 01-6747930

Subject specialisation: Taxation.

Public access: By appointment, limited access to the collections. 9.30am – 5pm, Monday - Friday.


Department of Social Protection

Department of Social Protection Library

Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1

Tel: 01-7043771

Subject specialisation: Social and Labour Market Policy.

Special collections:

- DSP Publications

- Combat Poverty Publications

- FÁS Publications

Public access: Access to collection for reference only by pre-arranged appointment.