Author Marian Keyes is pictured as the National Library of Ireland announces  details of a pilot scheme to expand the ways it collects the ‘born-digital’ story of Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

Throughout history the motivations of significant people have been excavated by the papers they have left behind them. Letters, diaries, handwritten n(...)

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the launch of the new exhibition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, the exhibition based on the Nobel laureate poet’s archive, was today formally opened the new Bank of Ireland Cultural(...)

Band Aid and Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof with then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher on   February 28th, 1985. FIle photograph: Terry Disney/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bob Geldof’s Band Aid archive has arrived in Ireland. An archivist will spend up to two years cataloguing memorabilia from the famous 1984 campaign f(...)

 Minister for Arts and  Heritage Heather Humphreys  with Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland (right), and Paul Shovlin, a member of the outgoing board, at the launch of the library’s annual review for 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is operating with a third of the staffing resources available to national libraries of comparable size in Europe(...)

The website containing Catholic parish records going back 300 years has had nearly four million page views since it launched. The National Library of(...)

Detail of a   British recruiting poster depicting the face of Sgt Michael O’Leary VC. Photograph: Library of Congress

On February 1st, 1915, the Irish Guards were attacking a stretch of the La Bassée canal in northern France. Lance Corp Michael O’Leary (24), a former(...)

The board of the National Library of Ireland has warned that it will have to reduce services and will not be able to play a full part in the Decade of(...)

The National Library reported more than 257,000 visitors in 2013, representing a 42 per cent increase on the previous year. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

The National Library of Ireland says it has reached a “critical point” because of continuous cutbacks. The library, on Kildare Street, Dublin, said i(...)