About The Library and Its Collections

While there are still COVID19 restrictions in place, access to the library is only by appointment via the reception at Rothe House or the librarian’s email address.

The library of Kilkenny Archaeological Society is situated on the top floor of John Rothe’s Third House (wheelchair-accessible via lift). It holds a broad collection of books, journals and other archival material, mostly focused on Kilkenny history, literature and archaeology. The library is run by volunteers.

Members of KAS open the library for three sessions each week. Access is free for members. Non-members are welcome for a small daily fee (€5).
Our aim is to facilitate research and to help people understand the rich history and significance of Kilkenny.

For genealogical research, please contact the Genealogy Department of Rothe House.

History of the Library

The library has been in existence since the 1960s. From the beginning, members donated books and archives, maps, photographs, newspapers and ephemera. Some items were acquired by purchase. The result, after fifty years, is a rich documentary archive, and a broad collection of books.

Opening Hours & Access

Tuesday 14:30 to 16:30
Wednesday 10:30 to 12:30

Book Catalogue

available in the library

Copying Services and Photography

to be complete