The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) was formally established in 1997 with the aim of documenting all aspects of 20th and 21st century Irish art and design and providing public access to the collection to encourage and facilitate research.
The Library is a unique research facility wherein every aspect of Irish art and design from 1900 to the present day has been documented. Much of the material, amassed over the last thirty years, is unavailable elsewhere.
The collection includes monographs, exhibition catalogues, price lists, brochures, press releases and newspaper reviews. The Library subscribes to a number of relevant journals and significant back-runs of these are available.
NIVAL serves a wide range of researchers including authors of books and articles, art and design practitioners, scholars and lecturers, as well as the general public interested in current, historical or biographical information on the visual arts in Ireland.