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 NIVAL!

Happy New Year!

We are delighted to welcome researchers to our new and improved Reading Room. Our large and bright Reading Room provides researchers with comfortable reading space, scanning and photocopying facilities, wifi, database access and collection search access. Here you can view our ephemera files, books, journals, catalogues, and Special Collections. Equipment is available to view slides and audio visual materials.

You can begin your research with NIVAL by browsing our Online Special Collections or searching our databases for specific Artists, Exhibitions and Galleries. Get in touch to make an appointment or drop in Tuesdays-Thursdays 10am - 5pm. 

We will soon be announcing the launch of exciting new collections available at NIVAL and online.


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The Arts Council
National College of Art & Design

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