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.

New Year | New Focus: Improving Access to Special Collections and Archives


Providing researchers with information about our collections is central to the work we do at NIVAL.

New records are created weekly on the artists and exhibitions databases and major archiving and digitisation projects are carried out each year.

As 2016 gets underway, our focus is on improving public access to the 90+ special collections and archives among the NIVAL holdings.  

To start off the new year, the listing and arrangement of the Patrick Scott Papers, bequeathed to NIVAL by the artist and deposited in 2015, is now underway.