The RDS Library & Archives

The RDS Library & Archives is a private library used by Members of the Royal Dublin Society and researchers interested in the social, cultural, agricultural and scientific history of Ireland over the last three centuries.

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The online RDS Library catalogues contain the records of books, journals, pamphlets and many other items from the RDS collections.

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The collections of the RDS Library reflect the Foundation interest in the areas of science, agriculture, industries and arts. Access to material is easy as all collections are held on site.


Events & News

Find out the latest news and events in the Library, including exhibitions, lectures and our annual book sale.

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History of the RDS Library

The RDS Library has been part of the Royal Dublin Society since the Society's foundation in 1731 and is still contributing to learning after 280 years.

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Information for Researchers

Members of the public engaged in research are welcome to use the RDS Library collections and can do so by obtaining a Guest Reader's ticket.

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Support the Library

Find out how you can support the Library's collections and activities.


Society Publications

From biographies of great Irish Scientists to founders of the RDS. Information on publications produced by the Society is availalbe here.

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The RDS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Social Protection in the provision of personnel through the Donnybrook Community Employment Scheme, in the operation of the Library. 

Contact the Library

For general inquiries and book renewals please contact the Library Desk at +353 (0)1 240 7254 or via email at

The postal address is: RDS Library, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland

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