Stories | 29 October 2021

Culture Club with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)

Culture Club with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)
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Every month, we invite people to see, experience and learn about Dublin’s cultural places through Culture Club.

Through this series of hosted talks and tours, we get to know lots of the wonderful venues in Dublin and the dedicated people who work there.

We are delighted to introduce our newest Culture Club partner the Museum of Literature Ireland. Below, Lily Cahill, Learning Co-ordinator at MoLI, took some time to tell us a bit about what visitors to the museum might expect.

If you'd like to explore MoLI and other cultural spaces across the city with Culture Club, you can book your free place here.

Tell us briefly what your organisation does and what our Culture Clubbers can expect to see/experience when they visit you?

The Museum of Literature Ireland, branded MoLI in an homage to Molly Bloom, first opened it's doors on Culture Night in September 2019. The museum is a partnership between the National Library of Ireland and University College Dublin (UCD). It is located in UCD's Newman House in St Stephen's Green.

At the core of MoLI's vision is a desire to bring visitors of all ages, backgrounds, interests and abilities on an inspiring journey through Irish writing, and to encourage them to explore their own creative potential.

Where are you located?

Located in the heart of Dublin City, you can find MoLI at the UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 - opposite the south side of Stephen's Green park.

MoLI is easily accessible by all modes of transport. (Full location details here.)

What are the opening hours?

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:30am - 6:00pm (last entry at 5pm).

Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

Free admission for children, students & OAPs on Wednesday before noon (last admission at 11:30am).

Free admission from 6pm to 9pm on the first Friday of each month (last admission at 8pm).

Is booking required to visit?

Walk-ins are always welcome at MoLI. If you would prefer to prebook you can do so at or call us on +353 1 7165 900.

What can we see or do now at MoLI?

MoLI holds a permanent collection of James Joyce related material, including his "Copy No. 1" of Ulysses, and revolving exhibitions on other Irish literary figures.

Changing exhibitions include a look at the connections between Irish literature and international cities, starting with Paris, and our contemporary commissions gallery features a video installation on Nuala O'Faolain, curated by author June Caldwell.

Another temporary exhibition currently running at MoLI is on picture book author Chris Haughton and is curated by children's author Sarah Webb.

What’s upcoming at MoLI?

There is lots coming up at MoLI. We host regular book clubs, evening literary discussions and weekend family workshops form a core component of our programme for both adults and children.

To keep up to date with all the exciting happenings at MoLI check out their What's On page.

By becoming a MoLI member, you can join our regular Director's Book Club with MoLI Director Simon O'Connor, offering much conversation, lively discussion and guest authors.

Tell us something we might not know about your work or collection.

In the Learning Department we don't care about spelling!

What is your favourite part of your collection/building?

We work in such a beautiful building and are so lucky! My favourite part of MoLI is our gorgeous tranquil garden. You can get a coffee or a glass of wine from the Commons Café and enjoy it in our back garden.

I also love our Learning Room - that's where all the real fun happens!

Do you offer any other services that might assist anyone with accessibility concerns?

Please see our Access page and Social Guide which may be helpful when planning your visit to MoLI.

If you have any queries regarding accessibility at MoLI, you can contact

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about MoLI?

All our staff would be delighted to chat and engage with you when you visit. We can't wait to welcome you to MoLI!

Plan your visit to MoLI

Location 86 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Commons Café
Gift Shop
Accessibility Information
Phone +353 1 7165 900