Marsh’s Library

Marsh’s Library
St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8


Right beside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and tucked away from the hustle and bustle lies Marsh’s Library, an 18th Century library open to the public. This library from the Enlightenment era has been left unchanged for the last three centuries and it has over 25,000 rare books for you to browse. There is an entry fee of €3, €2 for students and senior citizens, no charge for children under 16 and those on Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit are admitted free.


What has it got?

Doors:  The doors are all approximately 4o inches wide but they are old, wooden doors so will be a bit heavy to push open.

Ground: Carpet and wooden floor.

Stairs: There are 16 steps up to the front door and then inside, there are more steps. In total, there’s 40 steps to get you up to the main area and then it’s all flat there. There is no lift.



At the bottom of the stairs of Marsh’s Library.

Bathrooms: Funnily enough, they have a large bathroom upstairs that has bars and railings. The door frame measures 40 inches wide and a wheelchair would fit inside.

Spaciousness: The aisles are quite wide here and it will never get overcrowded.

Helpfulness of Staff: Very friendly and knowledgeable.

Parking: There is on-street parking on St. Patrick’s Close but there are no specific wheelchair parking spots.


Rating: 2.5/10
Why did it lose points? As soon as you arrive at Marsh’s Library, you encounter a steep set of stone stairs before you even get to the front door. If you get up there, there’s another two sets up steps to get up to and there is no lift. There is no information on their site to acknowledge this. If you do manage to get up the steps, it is all flat on the inside. This is a preserved building so it will be incredibly difficult for them to try and make it more accessible.  

About the author

Louise Bruton

Reviewing Dublin, step by step, in terms of wheelchair accessibility. Freelance journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

1 Comment

  • It is challenging to tamper with a listed building and often it is best to leave well alone. However i 2012 I was booked into the Dei Mellini hotel in central Rome. Imagine my horror when I saw 5 curved steps leading up to the doorway of a albeit beautiful entrancew with polished wood at the sides.
    Relief was at hand. a porter came out and pressed a tiny button. Open sesame! the door slid open and a lift appeared. Seconds later I was at reception.
    Rome gives priority to disabled visitors. Imagine my relief when not only did I not have to pay but my wife and my son who was my carer swept past the crowds and entered as quickly as di an ancient Roman

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