Opening hours

NIVAL Reading Room Access

Access to NIVAL is strictly by appointment only. Doctoral candidates and researchers with publishing or curatorial commitments may visit the library by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays booked by day and time-specific slots by the hour and limited to these periods: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm.

Please request an appointment by emailing nivalinfo(at) All those visiting NIVAL must complete a 'COVID Visitor form' at least 48 hours before coming in. We ask visitors to adhere to the following:

  • Access to NIVAL is via a one-way system. Please follow the directional signage and sign-in at the reception desk.
  • All readers must wear a mask while in NIVAL and when entering and exiting the campus.
  • Readers should bring their own pens, laptops, etc. There will be no photocopying service or access to the library computer.
  • All visitors are advised not to attend if they have any symptoms of Covid-19. Please inform us immediately if you wish to cancel/reschedule your appointment.

Telephone inquiries: 353.1.636.4347 / 353.1.646.1102

NIVAL maintains a policy of maximum accessibility to the collections, consistent with social distancing measures, the preservation of material and the practical and legal limitations on our resources. Access to the collection is free and without membership. Material is reference only. NIVAL staff are available for assistance and advice on how best to use the resource. The premises are fully wheelchair accessible.