Research & Library

Named in honour of Tiernan MacBride in recognition of his contribution to the Irish film industry, the Library holds one of the largest collections of film related publications in Ireland. The collection includes a wide range of books, journals, and reports covering both international and Irish cinema. The Library’s collections are reference only, however photocopying facilities are available. Researchers, students, teachers, filmmakers and members of the public are all welcome to use the Library. Please contact the Librarian for further information. 


Monday 2-5.30
Tuesday 10.30-1 and 2-5.30
Wednesday 10.30-1 and 2-5.30 (late opening until 7 by appointment)
Thursday 2-5.30


You are welcome to visit the Library outside of these opening hours by appointment. Please contact the Librarian at for more information.

Library Charges:

Students €1.50 per visit; 
General public €2.00 per visit.

Annual Library Membership:

Students €15.00 per year;

General public €20.00 per year. 

College Subscriptions:
Annual subscriptions to the Library are available to Third Level Colleges; please contact the Librarian for further details. 

Book Collection:

With over 2,000 books, the collection encompasses all aspects of film history, criticism, theory, and production. Popular subjects include genre, gender studies, film production, directors, screenwriting, and early cinema. There is a comprehensive collection of books on Irish cinema, but other national cinemas are also well represented in the collection. 

Search the Library’s Book Collection here 


The periodical collection includes publications dating from the 1930s to the present. The major international journals such as Film Quarterly, Sight & Sound, and Variety are included, as well as specialist periodicals like American Cinematographer. The Library also holds Irish film magazines from different eras, including The Screen, Film West and Film Ireland.

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