Third Level

Why visit the National Print Museum?

The National Print Museum is an excellent resource for 3rd level students and offers an interactive guided tour of our permanent exhibition which can be tailored to suit the specific course content and learning needs of each group. Strong connections can be made and interpreted through the National Print Museum’s collection with the following 3rd level courses:

Print Management, Graphic Design, Visual Communications, Fine Art, History, Heritage Studies, English, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Journalism, Library studies, Museum studies, Engineering.

How to Book and Ticket Price

For more information on how to book a Third Level Tour please visit our Guided Tours information page.

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Reference Library

The National Print Museum’s reference library is an excellent resource for 3rd level research and project work. This specialist reference library boasts an impressive and extensive collection of books, pamphlets, journals, periodicals, handbooks, catalogues and newspapers relating to the history, technology and practice of printing, typography, bookmaking, papermaking and other associated crafts. Also included in the collection are books, items of ephemera and photographs showcasing various styles of printing and print houses of old.  The library has an online searchable catalogue which can be accessed via the link below: 

Making an appointment

The library is a reference library only and no items may be borrowed or removed from the Museum. To access the library you can make an appointment by contacting

Prior to your appointment, please provide a list of the items you have identified in the catalogue that would like to access. A table will be set up with all items ready for you on your arrival and WIFI is available within the Museum.



The Museums runs a free lecture series throughout the year, where a number of experts present on a broad range of topics relating to the history and development of printing and associated crafts, contemporary letterpress and printing in relation to important historical events in Ireland.

Please see below a list of our most recent lectures:

  • Colm O Lochlainn – Book Artist by Dr Dermot McGuinne
  • Contemporary Letterpress: Albert, Ernest and the Titanic by Jamie Murphy
  • Contemporary Letterpress: The Night Prayer Book Project by Mary Plunkett
  • An Evening with Vinnie Caprani, Retired Printer
  • The Newman irish Printing Type by Dr Dermot McGuinne
  • The Lighter Side of History: Irish society and politics in The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly  1905 – 1915 by Dr Ciaran Wallace
  • The fantastic, the frivolous and the factual; Irish Artists and illustration c. 1830 – 1930
  • The Paper World by Barry Lyons (Retired Vice President of Smurfit World Purchasing)
  • An Introduction to Japan and the Ancient Art of Woodblock Printmaking by Debra Bowden
  • Artistic Bombs: The Shemus Cartoons in The Freeman’s Journal 1920 – 1924 by Felix M. Larkin

For information on any upcoming lectures please visit our Events Calendar