Free entry to Moli - Museum of Literature Ireland

Moli - Museum of Literature Ireland

Deeply rooted in the heart of Dublin, this fascinating museum is a treat for all the senses with immersive exhibitions and tranquil gardens. Delve into the inspirational writers that make up centuries of Irish storytelling. From James Joyce’s Dublin to Copy No.1 of Ulysses, a rare gem donated from the National Library of Ireland. Discover a wealth Irish literary heritage from past to present. 

Explore the museum’s scenic courtyard and gardens offering a calm space for reading and relaxing. Pay a visit to the Moli cafe offering a range of Irish dishes, wines and hot beverages. Or explore the MoLI shop, offering a host of supplies for budding writers and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip.


  • See rare collections from the National Library of Ireland and new contributions from celebrated  Irish artists.
  • Explore the newly landscapes Courtyard and Readers Gardens connecting to the Iveagh Gardens.
  • View an extensive collection of academic journals, periodicals and scholarly texts relating to the work of James Joyce.


Did you know

  • UCD New House has many famous connections including writers Flann O’Brien, Kate O’Brien, Maeve Binchy, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who lived at the university during his time as a Professor of Classics, and James Joyce, who studied and graduated from UCD with a BA in 1902.

  • Moli’s serene courtyard has it’s own special history. Upon the opening of MolI, the gardens were relandscaped with the exception of two protected trees. A beautiful Killarney Strawberry tree and an ash tree that James Joyce posed next to for his graduation photo in 1902.

  • The MolI silent room houses numerous scholarly texts relating to the work of the famous poet, James Joyce as well as some of his early and semi-rare editions that are only available for supervised handling.
  • Newman House is the historic home of the Catholic University of Ireland, now known as University College Dublin. Founded in 1854, the complex takes its name from the theologian and educationalist, Dr Hentry Newman who was the rector at the time.


Things to see

The Commons Café
Originally the student dining halls of University College Dublin (UCD), the Commons Café continues to provide a space where friends come to share food and ideas. The hall’s decor honours Ireland’s literary history, reflecting some of literature’s most famous culinary quotes. The beautifully restored café serves as an all-day, Irish kitchen and dining room. 

Enjoy beautiful views of the museum Courtyard Garden as you indulge in an artisan-style, casual, Irish dishes made from locally sourced produce. Alternatively give in to your sweet tooth with an array of freshly baked goods, speciality coffee, home-made juices, fermented drinks, and boutique wines sold by the glass.

MolI’s Courtyard and Readers Gardens offers a relaxing space for reading, learning and the chance to admire the surrounding greenery. The area joins onto The Iveagh Gardens, often referred to as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’, it provides a tranquil green space in the heart of the city. The Iveagh Gardens can also be admired from above from the Dedalus Library, offering a wealth of knowledge within the tranquil setting of the MolI silent room.

Eva Gore-Booth - exhibition
This thought-provoking temporary exhibition celebrates the life and work of Eva Gore-Booth, drawing popular cultural awareness to her legacy that was once shrouded in orthodox Irish historiography. Now with the support of President Michael D. Higgins, Booth’s accomplishments are displayed with a thematic backdrop of new paintings and sculptures, capturing her success as a poet, playwright, suffragist, worker’s rights campaigner, social revolutionary and pacifist.

Discover more temporary exhibitions here.

Special Events
Experience a host of intriguing events across the museum, including talks, workshops, performances and book readings.

Learn more special event dates and schedule here.

How to get there

7, 11, 15, 16, 39A, 44, 46A, 140, 145 and 155.

Luas - MolI is a 2-minute walk from St Stephen’s Green Luas stop, on the south side of the Green.

Pearse Street Station.

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm
Last Admission: 5.15pm
First Friday of Every Month
Friday 10am - 9pm
Last Admission: 8.15pm

Closed: 24th - 26th Dec & 4th - 8th Jan

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UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, Newman House, 86 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2


+353 1 477 9811

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