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Core Collections

The RDS Library & Archives Core Collections are divided into 4 main sections that reflect the disciplines of art, agriculture, science and equestrianism embodied in our work programme.

General Collection:

The General Collection includes works published from 1960 to the present and covers a wide range of subjects of general interest including:

  • Fiction
  • Biography
  • Art
  • Science
  • Agriculture
  • History

Books in the General Collection are on open access and are available for loan by RDS Members.

Reserve Collection:

The Reserve Collection includes works published from 1820-1960 and is particularly strong in the subject areas of:

  • Art
  • Science
  • Agriculture
  • History

Books in the Reserve Collection are not on open access and can only be consulted in the Library.

Irish Collection:

The Irish Collection includes works published from 1820 to the present and covers a wide range of subjects of Irish interest. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of:

  • Irish literature
  • Irish biography
  • Irish art
  • Irish science
  • Irish agriculture
  • Irish history

Books in the Irish Collection published after 1960 are on open access and are available for loan by RDS Members.

Books in the Irish Collection published 1820-1960 are not on open access and can only be consulted in the Library.

 Journal Collection:

The Journal Collection includes periodical titles published from the 17th century to the present day and is largely the result of the RDS journal exchange programme which ran from the 19th century until the mid-1980s whereby the RDS received journal titles from other learned societies in exchange for their own publications.

The Journal Collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of:

  • Science and technology
  • Irish history
  • Agriculture

Titles in the Journal Collection are not on open access and can only be consulted in the Library.

Old Dublin Society Library:

The RDS Library & Archives holds the library collection of the Old Dublin Society on permanent loan.

The Old Dublin Society library includes works related to subjects of Irish interest and is particularly strong in books and journals relating to the history of Dublin.

The Old Dublin Society library is not on open access and can only be consulted in the Library.

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