Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.

Here you will find a wealth of early Biblical texts written on papyrus, a remarkable collection of Qur'an manuscripts and scrolls and books of the Buddhist faith. Audio-visual presentations on Rites of Passage in many faiths, prayer and pilgrimage provide further insights into these traditions.

The Library also mounts regular temporary exhibitions – please check for details.

Contact Information


  • Cafe
    The Silk Road Café ( offers a range of mouth-watering menus from Afghanistan, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine, as well as Ireland.
  • Access
    The Library is a wheelchair-friendly building and with our audiovisual presentations and automated doors to all public areas, access to the collection is facilitated.

    Many of the most important exhibitions are placed at a comparatively low height to facilitate viewing by those visitors who are wheelchair-bound.

    A Braille copy of the Library's main information leaflet is available at the reception desk.
  • Shop
    The giftshop is a niche of inspiration to suit all tastes and pockets! All products are purchased from Fair Trade suppliers. Items come from all over the world to reflect Chester Beatty's magnificent collection.

    The shop is located on the ground floor of the Library. A wide selection of books and gifts is available to be purchased during your visit, via email (, telephone (+353 (0)1 4070753). All major credit cards are accepted and the shop also sells and redeems Euro booktokens.
  • Guided Tours
    Public Guided tours in the Chester Beatty Library Wednesdays @ 1pm & Sundays @ 3 & 4pm. Please note all public tours, demonstrations, talks and workshops organised through the Chester Beatty Library are free of charge unless stated otherwise.



Opening Hours

Open 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 01:00 PM
Close 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM 05:00 PM
Closed 1 January; Good Friday; 24, 25 and 26 December; and Monday public holidays.

Closed on Mondays from 1st of October to 30th of April.

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