In a letter to Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, the board said a lack of adequate funding means the Library is effectively not in a position to acquire any important heritage collections which are on offer to the institution.
The directors said the library needs an additional €500,000 [$543,000/USD] per annum in order to carry out its functions.
The library’s funding was cut from almost €12m in 2006 to just over €7m last year.
The National Library houses Ireland’s most important collections including Gaelic manuscripts dating from the 14th century and the personal papers of Irish politicians such as Daniel O’Connell and Sean T O’Kelly.
It is responsible for maintaining correspondence and notes from writers such as Maria Edgeworth, James Joyce, WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Colm Tóibín.
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