RDS Library Collections

ButterflyThe RDS Library holds the records of the Royal Dublin Society since its foundation and a general library which contains over 100,000 volumes including over 4,000 relating to Ireland, many of them old and rare.

The collections of the RDS Library reflect the Foundation interest in the areas of science, agriculture, industries and arts, especially within an Irish context. 

The main Collections are:

Note: Due to required maintenance the RDS Library Online Catalogue is currently unavailable. Search queries and book renewals can be directed to the Library desk via email library@rds.ie or via telephone on +353 (0)1 2407 254. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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The Library also provides access to electronic resources that are relevant to the RDS Collections. RDS Members and researchers can access teh Dictionary of Irish Biograhpy and the JSTOR Ireland Collection onsite. 


Further information about the collections is available from the Library Desk at +353 (0)1 240 7254 or via email at librarydesk@rds.ie


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