Libraries and archives in Belfast

Linen Hall Library, The

17 Donegall Square North
Belfast BT1 5GB

linenhall.com

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. It has a radical and 'enlightenment' foundation, and ever since has prized its independence and has maintained the principle that its resources are owned by the community for the community. Collections: Library holdings range from its comprehensive collection of early Belfast and Ulster printed books to the 250,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the recent troubles.