Welcome to The National Irish Visual Arts Library

The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) is a public research resource dedicated to the documentation of 20th and 21st century Irish visual art and design. 

NIVAL collects, stores and makes accessible for research an unparalleled collection of documentation about Irish art in all media.  NIVAL’s collection policy includes Irish visual art from the whole island as well as Irish art abroad and non-Irish artists working in Ireland.   Information is acquired on artists, designers, galleries, arts organisations and institutions, critics and other related subjects.  The collection contains documentary material in all formats including books, catalogues, videos, slides, artists’ papers and ephemera in print and digital format. 

Changes to opening hours over the Easter 2019 period

Monday 15th - Thursday 18th April: 10am - 4pm

Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April: CLOSED

Tuesday 23rd - Thursday 25th April: 10am - 4pm

Friday 26th April: CLOSED

Monday 29th April: Usual term time hours resume.

We're moving!

In 2020, the National Irish Visual Arts Library will be relocating to alternative premises on the NCAD campus. NIVAL's new home in the former Head Office of Powers Distillery at 100 Thomas Street will offer improved conditions for readers, collections and services. The building dates from the late 18th century and features original wood panelling and stained glass by artists of An Túr Gloine. The historic entrance at the corner of Thomas St and John's Lane will be the new entry for all visitors to the library.


We will be offering reduced services and limited access to collections from August 2019 - June 2020.


If you are an academic researcher and wish to gain access to certain collections during the period of closure, contact us as soon as possible to request an application for the retention of material. Priority will be given to academic professionals and students currently enrolled on postgraduate and doctoral programmes. While we cannot guarantee that all requests will be met we'll do our best to accommodate your research needs.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Monday, 29th April 2019. 
Email nivalinfo(at)staff.ncad.ie to request an application for the retention of material.

The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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