Mission Statement

Our Mission

To serve the needs of artists and the arts community in the collection, preservation and provision of access to visual arts documentation for the benefit of all.

Strategic Priorities

  • To safeguard the record of Ireland's visual cultural history
  • To promote the value of arts documentation as a key resource in the building of cultural memory
  • To strengthen the collaborative relationship between the artist and the institution in building the public record of arts activity
  • To encourage living artists to contribution to the national collection with material donations and advocacy
  • To facilitate research and innovative scholarship in Irish art and design

Resources & Services

  • Free public access to the collections is provided; material can be consulted on a reference only basis.
  • The building is fully accessible to disabled users.
  • NIVAL staff are always available to offer general information on Irish art and specialist advice on consulting the collections.
  • Currently based in the Clock Building on the campus of the National College of Art & Design, the library aims to move to a larger integral space in the future.

Financial Support

The National Irish Visual Arts Library is funded jointly by The National College of Art & Design and The Arts Council of Ireland. The Library has also been grant-aided by the Heritage Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Higher Education Authority/ PRTLI IV, and the Design History Society, UK.