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.

NIVAL Update, May 2022: Reader Access Days, Summer Hours

NIVAL is open for reader's appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Summer Hours are currently in operation, opening hours 10am - 4pm. Access to NIVAL is strictly by appointment only. Please see our Opening Hours and Access page for details on how NIVAL is facilitating safe access to collection materials and how to request an appointment.

NIVAL Zine Collection - Bloomers Magazine

Bloomers is an arts organisation and publishing collective based in Ireland who collaborate with emerging visual artists and writers to produce events, publications and Bloomers Magazine.

The current issue of Bloomers Magazine RING OUT, WILD BELLS is a collection of texts informed by artistic acts of narrative reclamation and the artist-led and independent publishing environment in Ireland.


NIVAL staff Jennifer Fitzgibbon and Katie Blackwood collaborated with Tom Maher from the Edward Murphy Library to contribute the article Scene and Unseen; Collecting Zines at the National Irish Visual Arts Library.

The Zine Collection catalogue can be browsed online here, researchers are welcome to consult the collection in person by making an appointment to visit the NIVAL Reading Room.

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