To share the heritage of Éire (Ireland) and its literary legacy.
To foster a love of the country, its culture, people, history and present day.
To instill in young people a love of reading by discovering the Irish authors and illustrators on our shelves.
These aims are achieved through our programs of lectures, bursaries, symposia and a warm welcome – céad mile fáilte – when you visit to read or research. Children can discover Ireland and have fun with our reading and colouring kits.
The Library has a vast selection of English-language books by Irish authors and on the subject of Ireland across themes of history, culture, art, literature, poetry, drama and more. It is also home to Princess Grace’s personal collection of books and Irish-American sheet music, as well as beautiful reference books and items of historical value, photos and art works.
Since the Library’s inauguration, some twelve thousand books have been acquired or donated, including an excellent selection of contemporary authors and works from the Irish Literary Revival – at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century – with poet and playwright William Butler Yeats spearheading the movement and works by the likes of John Millington Synge capturing the Irish way of life and popularising Irish folklore.
The Library is proud to have a first edition of Ulysses by James Joyce published in 1922 by Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company in Paris. It is considered one of the most important works of modernist literature.
Members can borrow books and DVDs.
The Library regularly organises cultural events with Irish writers, academics, personalities, musicians invited to speak and perform their work.Distinguished speakers include Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995.
The Princess Grace Irish Library was inaugurated on 20th November 1984 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco as a tribute to his wife Princess Grace and the attachment she felt for her Irish origins.
The Library is under the ægis of the Fondation Princesse Grace and is situated in the former hôtel particulier of Comte Félix Gastaldi (1821-1906), Mayor of Monaco for 39 years.
Watch this 2-minute video for an explanation of the origins of the library and Princess Grace’s Irish roots.