Marsh's Library, Dublin City
Marsh's Library, situated in St. Patrick's Close, adjacent toSt. Patrick's Cathedral,Dublin,Irelandis a well-preserved library of the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment. When it opened to the public in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. It was built to the order ofArchbishop Narcissus Marshand has a collection of over 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts.
The library still features its original fittings, including seating and shelving. The bookcases are made of quarter-plained Irish oak with carved and lettered gables. There are three wire alcoves, known as 'cages', which were constructed in the 1770s in response to thefts in the library.
The Library holds exhibitions, and occasional conferences, and has published a range of material, primarily related to exhibitions and the catalogue.
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