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Russell Library

The Russell Library houses the historical collections of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth which was founded in 1795 as a seminary for the education of Irish priests. The reading room was designed by renowned British architect and designer Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) and completed in the year 1861. The Russell Library contains approximately 34,000 printed works dating from the 16th to the mid-19th century across a range of subjects including: theology, mathematics, science, geography and history. Other important collections include: medieval and Gaelic manuscripts, archival material and incunabula (pre-1501 printing).

Material at the Russell Library can be consulted by making an appointment by telephone on 01-708389001-7083890  or by e-mail

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Contact us
Phone 01-708389001-7083890 
e-mail or enquire at the John Paul II Library
Exhibitions can be viewed on a drop-in basis during Russell Library opening hours.

The Library is located on the south campus
, in St Mary’s quadrangle

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