Mission Statement

Aims & Objectives

  • The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) is a public research resource with the aim of collecting, storing, and providing access to information on the visual arts in Ireland. 
  • The primary and essential objective of NIVAL is the documentation of Irish art and design, from 1900 to the present day.
  • NIVAL’s collection policy includes documentary material in all formats including books, catalogues, videos, slides, artists’ papers and ephemera in print and digital format. 
  • The Library is designed to foster interest in Irish visual culture and promote Irish art and design across a broad range of constituencies. 
  • The collection is developed and catalogued to encourage and enhance research activity at all levels.
  • NIVAL provides a secure and permanent storage place for documentation on Irish art. 
  • It aims to benefit artists by providing a secure and accessible place for the deposit of visual and textual information related to their work. 

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.