Met Éireann Library

When the Irish Meteorological Service was founded in 1936 it inherited a small collection of technical books and weather records from the British Met Office.  This, together with a collection of early meteorological books that had been bequeathed to Valentia Observatory by R.H. Scott in 1916, formed the origins of the Met Éireann Library. 


Today, the primary aim of the Met Éireann Library is to provide research and information resources to Met Éireann staff members.  The library is also open to external users, by appointment with the librarian. 


The Met Éireann Library holds a special collection of rare books, published historic data, scientific manuscripts and weather diaries dating as far back as 1855.  To date, three collections of manuscripts have been listed, as follows:


‘Meteorological Observations’ record twice-daily weather readings at approximately 40 sites in Ireland, dating back to 1855. These include records of temperature, wind, rainfall, solar radiation, snow and sunshine.


‘Rainfall Records’ from volunteer rainfall stations, dating from c.1863 - c. 1940. Daily values and monthly values are given for a range of stations across the 26 counties. Some readings are returned for the six counties of Northern Ireland but holdings are not consistent.


‘E.W.Montagu Murphy papers’: a collection of diaries and papers written by E.W. Montagu Murphy. E.W.M. Murphy founded the Irish Rainfall Association in 1918 with the aim of encouraging observation in Ireland, establishing new stations, publishing records and establishing a national organisation. At first its activities were confined to Munster but they were extended in 1920 to include all Ireland, North and South. This collection was bequeathed to the Irish Meteorological Service in 1966 by Ms Kathleen Murphy, sister of E.W.Montagu Murphy.



Substantial collection of scientific textbooks and journals, a comprehensive archive of historic meteorological data, detailing the development of meteorology in Ireland since 1855.

Physical characteristics

Approximately 10,000 textbooks, 30 periodical titles, 100 shelf-metres of manuscript (and published) historic data.

Description or Catalogue

OPAC available at the library. Universal Decimal Classification for published material.






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Added by Met Eireann | Last updated on: 21 May 2018