The Maritime Institute of Ireland’s library of rare maritime books covers the period from the mid-1700’s to the twenty-first century.

Prime examples include Lloyd’s Register of British & Foreign Shipping 1842 – 2011 which contain details of many Irish ships, captains and owners as well as significant collections of 18th and 19th century Naval Chronicles from the golden age of the Royal Navy under sail.

Mercantile Navy Lists and Lloyd’s Register of Yachts plus many other titles of interest to maritime researchers.

The books are shelved in alphabetic thematic order from Autobiography to Yachting.

The Library & Archive also contains:

  • historic bathymetric,
  • oceanographic and Second World War U–Boat charts,
  • innumerable photographs,
  • maritime postcards,
  • ships plans,
  • maritime paintings and ephemera,

which along with the books, offer immense potential for maritime history and genealogical research. Much of the archival source material requires cataloguing and in some instances conversion to digital format before making it available to researchers.

If you have a query concerning our collection of books and archival material or wish to conduct research in this unique library maritime, please email or better still, come in and meet the Library and Archive team!

It will give you a first-hand impression of the Museum as it used to be, a church of worship, a Mariners Church

We have created a radio room complete with vintage Marconi radio stations. Come in and send a message in Morse Code

Come and view the actual optic as depicted by James Joyce in ‘Ulysses’ (and weighing in at almost 10 tonnes!)

For a small island, we’ve produced some memorable and courageous maritime figures. You can see some of them here