Half-day Library Visit Tour 1: NBG and DCU


Libraries: National Botanic Gardens and DCU Drumcondra Campus

Type of Library: special and academic

Total Distance Return Trip: 9 km

Meeting Point: Convention Centre Dublin

Price per person: € 8

Nestled on the northside of Dublin city, sit two unique and distinct libraries. The National Botanic Gardens was founded in 1795 by the Royal Dublin Society. In 1997, the Library and Herbarium building opened, consolidating the book, botanical art and archives collections. This increased accessibility and enabled the Library to welcome visitors beyond staff members. The library’s collection is unique, focusing solely on the subject areas of botany and horticulture.  As well as an open-access collection, the library holds over 6,000 significant botanical artworks and rare books, as well as an invaluable archival collection relating primarily to the history of the Gardens.

Afterwards, visit Dublin City University’s Cregan library. The library opened in 2016 and is a four-storey modern building designed with a nod to the brutalist style of architecture, which includes a  spectacular three storey glass lantern overlooking the village of Drumcondra. The modern building sits alongside Belvedere House on campus, which dates from 1645, and both buildings share a view of Belvedere Lawn. The outdoor reading balcony on the top floor of the library offers breath-taking views of Dublin Bay and City. The ground floor is open to the public and houses exhibition spaces and the Seamus Heaney lecture theatre.