Information for Researchers

The Tiernan MacBride Library


Library Opening Hours June-September
Tuesday: 10:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:30
Wednesday:  10:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:30

Library Opening Hours October-May
Monday: 14:00 – 17:30
Tuesday: 10:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:30
Wednesday: 10:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:30 (Opening until 19:00 by appointment)
Thursday: 14:00 – 17:30
Friday: Closed

Library charges:

Students €1.50 per visit.

General public €2.00 per visit.

Annual library membership:

Students/Concessions €15.00 per year.

General public €20.00 per year.

Library and Archive Membership:

Researchers may purchase a Library and Archive membership card, which allows unlimited access to the Library during opening hours for one year. Benefits include:
•    10% off all books purchased at the IFI Filmshop on production of the membership card

College subscriptions:

Annual subscriptions to the library are available to third-level institutions. Please contact  for more information.


Tape/DVD Viewing

The film and video collections in the Irish Film Archive include fiction and non-fiction material made in and about Ireland by Irish and foreign producers. The collection has been acquired from public and private donors. The earliest titles in the collection date from 1897, the most recent from 2011. The collection includes feature films; documentaries; amateur material; animated material; educational films; travelogues. It provides an increasingly comprehensive resource for students of all aspects of Irish cinema.

On-site access to this collection is provided for researchers, students and programme makers. Viewing facilities are only suitable for individual viewers. There is no lending facility available.

If you wish to purchase any footage or stills contained within our collections, you can find more information here.


Use of viewing facility is by appointment only. Bookings should be made with Irish Film Archive staff by phone or email at least 48 hours in advance. Archive staff must be informed if a booking is for more than one viewer (please note we can facilitate a maximum of two viewers at any one time). Please notify staff of any cancellations at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment.


Monday – Friday: 10.15am to 1pm & 2.15pm to 5.30pm.


  • Per title or per hour: €10.00
  • Per half day: €20.00 (€35 for a full day viewing)
  • Per week: €120

Some third level colleges subsidise student viewing – please check with your institution. A subscription to the Tiernan MacBride Library offers a discount on IFI Irish Film Archive viewing. Please contact for more information.


  • Smoking is forbidden in the viewing room.
  • Consumption of food and drinks is forbidden in viewing room.
  • The use of headphones will be required.
  • No photography or unauthorised duplication of material allowed.


To make an appointment contact:




The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland