‘What we hold in the National Library is memory’

As director of the National Library of Ireland, Dr Sandra Collins is well aware of the importance of preserving precious artefacts of the past – and the present, too

10th January, 2021
‘What we hold in the National Library is memory’
Dr Sandra Collins, director of the National Library of Ireland: ‘People will still want to come and still want to sit in the reading room with the book in front of them, with the letters, to get the shivers on you.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

It is quite something to have an office that contains, lining an entire wall, the reference library of WB Yeats. That, however, is the good fortune of Sandra Collins, director of the National Library of Ireland.

“Those are the books he had in his study,” she says. “So exciting, isn’t it? When I started the job, I realised I was whispering, because, well, the books – I can’t disturb the books!”...

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