The materials and information held in the Archive are made fully available for reference to all personal visitors, without qualification and free of charge.


The Reading Room is situated on the first floor of our premises. 

No appointment is needed for a general visit, unless a group visit is intended. We do advise you to ring ahead if you have special requirements/requests or if you wish to meet with a particular member of staff. 

Public hours are currently 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, late night opening Thursday until 8 pm and one Saturday per month throughout the year, with the exception of Irish public holidays and the period 24 December to 2 January inclusive.

Available in the Reading Room

The Reading Room provides each user with a work space and catalogue access, as well as personal listening and viewing facilities to access digital media.

Free wifi is available.

Book and periodical collections are on open-access shelving. Older or more fragile printed material is available on request from the Reserve Collection. 

CD collection is available in open-access cabinets. 

Vinyl records can be listened to under staff supervision in the Reading Room.

All other materials stored outside the Reading Room can be requested from Library staff and brought to your desk.

Photocopying facilities are available.

Digital photography is permitted under Terms & Conditions. Please consult Library Staff.

Materials can be copied, but only in accordance with copyright law and Archive resources; users must arrange copyright clearance if necessary.

Staff Support for Reading Room Users

Guidance to the collections and catalogues is given by staff, and also general information and consultancy on the music. 

Services are bilingual in English and Irish.

Conditions of use

Reading Room users must leave coats and bags in the locker area before entering the Reading Room.

Reading Room users are asked on their first visit to sign a Registration Form in which they agree to abide by certain Terms & Conditions of access.

Reading Room users must sign the Visitors Book each day.

Reading Room users should they wish to use a personal lap top must inform Library staff and sign a permissions form which outlines Terms & Conditions of use

Food or drink is not allowed in the Reading Room.

There are certain restrictions on the availability of material. These restrictions may be legal, arising from the provisions of copyright law or from conditions laid down by donors; or practical, arising from the need to preserve and safeguard materials or from staffing limitations. 

Items cannot be borrowed by individuals. 

The Archive reserves the right to refuse access to its collections.