The Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) is the parliamentary library for Ireland. The L&RS supports Members in their parliamentary duties by providing information and research services.

The L&RS produces analytical briefings on legislation, research to support committees and briefings on topical issues and matters relevant to the Houses’ weekly schedule. A fundamental value of the L&RS is impartiality. Established in 1924 as the Oireachtas Library, it changed its name to Library & Research Service in 2005 to reflect the modernisation of the service and its provision of additional services to parliament.

Staff produce a comprehensive range of briefing materials for Members

Recent Library & Research Service publications

Monday, 03 Jul 2017

Economic Indicators, June 2017

Thursday, 08 Jun 2017

Pay-by-weight waste charges: worth the weight?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Economic Indicators, May 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: how will it work?

Monday, 08 May 2017

EU Law and Local Residency Requirements for Planning Permission

Documents Laid

The Documents Laid collection comprises documents submitted by Government Departments or agencies to the Houses of the Oireachtas. Approximately 2,000 documents are laid each year and the collection includes documents laid since the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Lay a document before the Houses of the Oireachtas

Government Departments and agencies can lay documents before the Houses of the Oireachtas via our electronic Documents Laid facility.

Research Matters


Research Matters

Research Matters provides impartial briefings on selected key issues. The topics chosen feature key challenges for Irish society in 2016. We also draw attention to demographic trends which indicate the future needs of Irish society.


economic indicators april 2019

Economic indicators

Economic Indicators

The monthly Economic Indicators infographics are drafted by economists in the Oireachtas L&RS and summarise the key indicators regarding the Irish economy.


Day in the Life of an Oireachtas librarian

The Library & Research Service is staffed by a team of 38 researchers and librarians. Find out about a typical day in the life of an Oireachtas research librarian.

Historical documents

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service holds a collection of historical documents. You can search the online catalogue or browse the online exhibitions of selected documents.

Library & Research Service contact details

Library & Research Service
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20

Central Enquiry Desk
(01) 618 4701