Carmelite Library & Archives


About Us

The Library of the Irish Province of Carmelites is a private research library, holding a collection of books and other items of interest to students of Carmelite Spirituality. Only books from the small lending collection can be borrowed. All others are considered an integral part of the collection and must be consulted at the library.

Access to the library is by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm. Please email or phone the librarian for further information or to make an appointment.

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The Carmelite Collection

An extensive, multilingual collection of works by Carmelite authors and about the Carmelite Order.

The Mariology Collection

A varied collection of scholarly works on Mary, along with popular writing and a range of pamphlets.

The Spirituality Collection

A collection dealing with mysticism and general spirituality including many biographies, collected works and studies of the great figures of Christian spirituality, along with a small collection covering the spirituality of other religions.

The Periodicals Collection

A valuable collection of periodicals, old and new, covering areas of theology, spirituality and culture.

The Irish Collection

A collection of interesting materials gathered by the late Fr Peter O’Dwyer, O.Carm.




Ruth Long, Librarian,

Library & Archives of the Irish Province of Carmelites

Gort Muire,

Ballinteer Rd,

Dublin 16, Ireland



+353-1-2051629 / +353-1-2984014




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The Irish Province of Carmelites has always been a smaller entity than many of the other Religious Orders and Congregations in Ireland. Nevertheless, its impact within the country and the church has not been insignificant. Its rich history of ministry and mission are reflected in the Archives of the Province.

On a national level, the Order has provided pastoral care, education and social support services in the locations where they have lived and ministered.  This service was exemplified by friars like Fr John Spratt (1796–1871), who is responsible for the re-founding of the friary and church at Whitefriar Street and for the foundation of the St Joseph’s Night Shelter for Women. He was also associated with the Sick and Indigent Roomkeeper’s Society.

On an international level, the Province has exemplified the Irish missionary spirit, making foundations in New York, Australia and Zimbabwe, and re-establishing the Carmelite presence in Britain. Such a spirit was exemplified by figures like Fr Joseph Vincent Butler, who led the first group of friars to Australia in 1881, Fr John Elias Bartley accompanied the first Carmelites to New York in 1889, and Bishop Donal Lamont (1911-2003), who came into conflict with the Rhodesian authorities (now Zimbabwe) for his stance on the protection of human rights.

The Archives of the Irish Province of Carmelites contains material dating back to the 18th century. Its content includes correspondence, legal documents, written accounts, photographs and artefacts which map the development of the life and mission of the Province and its impact around the world.

As some of the material contained within the Archive is unique, it is not possible to borrow material. It is possible to view material or to have items photographed or copied. However, unfortunately, material cannot be borrowed because of its uniqueness and historical value. To arrange an appointment or to ask for assistance with research, please contact the archivist by telephone or email.


Ms Laura Magnier
Gort Murie,
Dublin 16
Tel: (01) 298 4013

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