Bishop Street, Dublin 8
These archives contain historic State records, such as census returns, wills and related documents, departmental records (with lots of information for example about schools from the Department of Education), court records and prison records. Most of the records are available online (see findmypast.ie). There are however still many records that are NOT available on line (such as the aforementioned school records), as well as wills, court papers, convict files, etc. For these you will have to visit the Reading Room.
To get access to the Reading Room you will need to register at the reception of the building. You will need a photo ID AND a proof of address that is less then 6 months old. You only have to do this once, as you will be given a registration card that you can show upon your next visit.
The archives are open from 9.15 to 17.00 on weekdays. However, ordering any material is limited from 9.15 ton 12.15 and 13.30 to 16.00. Ordering materials is a very manual process, in which you have to fill in forms, hand them in to the staff and wait for the documents to arrive. Some documents are not held locally, e.g. wills. These will not be available on the day your order them. You can make photos of most documents but you MUST ask permission from the staff in the Reading Room.