Dublin City ArchiveIf you have come to Dublin to research ancestors who originated in the city or resided here for a period of time, you may want to visit the Dublin City Archive. Located on Pearse Street the Dublin City Library and Archive are housed in the same building, which was previously known as the Gilbert Library.
** The reading room of the Dublin City Archive is currently closed and no date has been set for reopening. You can contact the staff at the archive with enquiries by email or telephone between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday.
What You Will Find in the Dublin City ArchiveThe Archive holds microfilm copies of burial registers for some of the Dublin City Cemeteries like Deansgrange and Mount Jerome, as well as copies of newspapers, civil registration indexes and electoral rolls. A large collection of electoral rolls for Dublin City have now been published online at the Dublin City Archives Database Collection.
The minute books for Dublin Corporation are available to browse on the open shelves along with a complete set of Thoms Dublin Directory and the Dublin Historical Record (with index). There is an excellent collection of publications on the history of Dublin city and it is often far more convenient to work from this collection, which is on the open shelves, than accessing the same material in the National Library of Ireland. There are also local studies files, so if you are interested in a particular building or part of the city, check for a specific file. The reading room is dotted with catalogues for different collections (Theatre ephemera, Lord Mayors of Dublin, Local Studies Collections, etc), so give yourself some time to browse.