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RDS Library & Archives

The RDS Library & Archives has been part of the RDS since its foundation in 1731 and has a specific interest in the RDS philanthropic work programme areas of Arts, Agriculture, Science, Industry and Equestrianism.

The RDS Library & Archives provides a lending service to RDS Members and houses the RDS Archival Collections, which are open to researchers by appointment. The RDS Library Speaker Series provides a forum for discussion of current topics in the humanities and sciences with free public talks presented by national and international speakers. The RDS Library & Archives holds events throughout the year, including exhibitions and conferences, that aim to highlight aspects of the RDS Archival Collections and promote historical research.

NEW Search the RDS Digital Archive here


Search the RDS Library Catalogue here


RDS Library & Archives Opening Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 10.00 hrs. – 17.00 hrs.
Wednesday, Thursday:10.00 hrs. – 18.00 hrs.
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays : Closed


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