Wander in through the entrance hall taking in the many features including the stained glass windows and mosaic tiled floor. Reimagine the library with the NLI Lego model. Meet the welcoming staff and learn about the library, view the magnificent reading room, immerse yourself in the works of William Butler Yeats and enjoy performances by the Cantairí Avondale choir in the elegant surroundings of the library entrance hall.
The life and works of William Butler Yeats will be open in the main building on Kildare Street until 11pm. Sit awhile and listen to some of the poet’s best loved poems and stroll through the exhibition exploring the many interests of WB Yeats: Ireland, literature, folklore, theatre, politics, the occult – and his significant influence on modern Irish cultural identity.
The 30 minute programme of music, specially selected to reflect the importance of the music and poetry collections held in the National Library will take place at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Each piece performed will be a setting of a poem by a celebrated poet and will be preceded by a reading of the poem. It will include the poetry of Yeats, Kavanagh, Coleridge, Bridge, and Rückert.