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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 Library holds over 3,500 books, covering all aspects of film history, criticism, theory and production. The collection includes books on film genre and theory, gender studies, film production and scriptwriting, international filmmakers and actors, the history of early and silent cinema, and national cinemas. The library has a large selection of books relating to Irish cinema and television, and aims to purchase all new publications on Irish film written in the English language.
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 for further information.
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. Currently the library subscribes to Film Ireland, Sight & Sound, Screen, American Cinematographer, Variety and Cineaste, 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.
The collection also includes back issues of many other publications, including Monthly Film Bulletin, Film West, Empire and The Screen. Most journals articles are searchable in the Library via the FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals.
With over 3,500 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.
The Library also subscribes to The Irish Times digital archive, giving access to every issue published since 1859. This resource is particularly useful for researchers interested in the history of Irish film production and exhibition, censorship, and contemporary reaction to Irish and foreign films.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council