The Archive reading room and exhibition spaces will reopen to the public on Monday 17 May 2021.



The  following COVID-19 Reading Room Protocols now apply:

All public access to the Reading Room is strictly by appointment only.

To facilitate contact tracing, should this be necessary, appointments will be provided to Registered Readers only. If you have not registered with the Archive yet, please complete the online Reader Registration Form. 

If you have previously registered as a reader with the Archive but cannot remember your registration number, email and we will let you know what it is.

Please do not request an appointment, or turn up for an appointment, if any of the following applies:

– you have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu-like symptoms now or in the past 14 days

– you have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days

– you have been in close contact of a person who is a confirmed  or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (i.e. less than 2m for more than 15 minutes accumulative in 1 day)

– you have been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time

– you have been advised by a doctor to cocoon at this time

To prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19, while in the Irish Architectural Archive you will wear a mask, use proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and practise physical distancing.

After requesting an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email indicating the time and date of the appointment. You must bring this email with you when you come to the Archive. Please do not come to the Archive if you have not received this confirmation email.

Numbers in the Reading Room will be strictly limited. If you cannot turn up for an appointment, please alert the Archive so that the slot can be reassigned.

Each appointment will be for a 2 hour slot as follows: 10am to 12pm, 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays.

You may request consecutive appointments but the Reading Room will be closed for 30 minutes between slots to facilitate housekeeping and cleaning and you will be required to vacate the Reading Room during this period.

Reading Room windows will be open to provide ventilation. Please dress appropriately.

You will be required to wear a face covering in the Reading Room. Please bring your own covering or mask as one will not be provided but you will not be permitted to remain in the Reading Room without one.

Where possible you will have ordered material that you wish to view prior to your visit. This can be done by identifying material via the Archive’s online finding aids (Catalogue ( or Dictionary of Irish Architects( and ordering this material via email, or by discussing requirements with a member of the Archive staff (via email or phone).

You may bring your own laptop into the Reading Room and you must bring your own paper and pencils, which you should take away with you when you leave.

Contactless payment only will be accepted in the Reading Room.

You should bring a 1 euro coin for use in the lockers. This coin is returnable. Coins will not be provided by the Archive.

Signing-in will not be required while the  COVID-19 Reading Room Protocols are in place. Otherwise, the normal Reading Room Rules and Regulations ( will continue to apply.

The Archive staff remain available to respond to questions and queries by email