Dublin City Archive

Dublin City Archive

If 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 Archive

Picture Of Dublin City Archive The 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.

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Dublin City Archive – Access and Opening Hours

The Dublin City Archives are open from 10am until 8pm Monday to Thursday and 10am until 5pm on Friday and Saturday.   The reading room is closed on the Saturday of a Bank Holiday Weekend.  The archives are located on the first floor of the building and you will find the lift and stairs at the main entrance.  You will first need to apply for a Research Card before you will be admitted to the archives.  The application form can be obtained from the reading room desk on arrival and you will need to produce one form of photographic ID, such as a passport or drivers license.   There is no charge for the card or admission to the archive. Visit their website for the full terms of membership.  There is free wifi available in the reading room and each desk has a power outlet.  There are also study desks for students, so the archive can get busy during exam time.

Printing and Photocopying

You can print from the microfilm machines using a copy card, which can be purchased in various values, starting at €1.  You can also order scans, photocopies or photographs of archive material at the reading room counter, but these can be quite expensive. The staff are not always helpful, so be prepared to navigate the collections yourself, to make sure you don’t miss anything.

138 – 144 Pearse Street
Dublin 2
D02 HE37

Email Address
[email protected]
Opening Hours