I traveled to Dublin last week for Spring Break (read my first post on library-hopping in Dublin), and decided to make this my first literary-themed vacation when I found out I was visiting a UNESCO City of Literature. Previously, I wrote about my top 3 favorite libraries, but I spoke too soon – for, on my last day there, I had the absolute most amazing experience at Marsh’s Library, the first public library in Dublin established in the early 18th century.
The building is hidden beyond an alleyway of gorgeous greenery (even more beautiful in the spring), and hides in the shadow of the magnificent St. Patrick’s cathedral, which is steps away. So it doesn’t get many visitors, and the majority of those who tread up the steps decide not to pay the €3 entrance fee when they arrive. Which was a boon for me, because I got the librarians all to myself.
And WOW – just WOW. I had the pleasure of speaking with the curator of the current exhibition (The Rising Centennial Celebratory theme of course, as pretty much everything else in Dublin last week – ‘1916: Tales from the Other Side‘) as well as with two (more…)