Irish Film Institute -Accessing The Collections

Accessing The Collections

The IFI Irish Film Archive collections are available to be consulted by the public at our premises in Temple Bar. Please note that access can sometimes be restricted due to copyright, preservation and format considerations.


The film and tape 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, with recent material coming in regularly from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Board. 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.

The Moving Image Collections can only be accessed on-site by appointment.  All requests for appointments and queries should be directed to Kieran O’Leary, Digital Collections and Access Assistant, Ph: 01 679 57444

Opening hours for Moving Image viewing:
10.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, by appointment.

Viewing charges: (as of 2013)
Per title or per hour: €10.00
Per half day: €20.00 (€35 for a full day viewing)
Per week: €120


The Tiernan Mac Bride Library of books and periodicals relates to Irish and world cinema. The Library is open to the public Monday –Thursday without appointment, but you may contact the Librarian Felix Meehan with specific queries before you visit or for more general information. The opening hours are subject to change and may be found here

Library Charges:
Students/Unemployed: €1.50 per visit / €15 per year
General Public: €2.00 per visit / €20 per year


The IFI Irish Film Archive’s Document Collection provides primary research material for those interested in the history of Irish film. The collection includes films stills and posters from Irish films, and production material including images, scripts, storyboards, theses correspondence, publicity materials, production notes and ephemera. The Paper Archive has been acquired from a range of sources, and includes collections from filmmakers such as Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Donald Taylor Black, Pat Murphy, Lord Killanin and Josie MacAvin. Collections relating to the Irish Film Board, the National Film Institute and the Horgan Picture Theatre in Youghal are also held.

Access to the Document Collections is by appointment only in the reading room. Please contact the Librarian Felix Meehan to make an appointment or for any queries.

Reading Room Charges:
Students/Unemployed: €1.50 per visit
General Public: €2.00 per visit

This information pertains to non-commercial use, for commercial access please visit our Commercial Access page, or contact the relevant member of the Archive staff.


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland