It was a pleasant discovery for me the other day while attending a book presentation event at the Royal Irish Academy in the heart of Dublin. The presentation took place in a big room with a high ceiling and walls full of book shelves – a library hall. There were stands with glass covers and historical manuscripts inside placed around the room, books looked old and it reminded me of the atmosphere of the old Trinity College Library. This was the meeting room designed as a library. I was complimenting the event venue choice to one of the organisers and found out that during working hours anyone could come here, sit and read unless there is an event taking place – only unlike the Old Library in Trinity you can do it for free.
Since then I visit the spot occasionally, and highly recommend if you want a quiet afternoon after a shopping day in the city centre.
The Royal Irish Academy is an independent government-funded society that works on promoting sciences and humanities of the country. It was founded in 1785 and first located on Grafton Street but moved to Dawson Street in the 19th century. You might know the names of some honorary members of this community: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin or Max Planck, just to name a few of them. The library is an important resource for studying Irish culture and history. But even if you are not planning to do so – just come to relax here!