Never judge a book by its movie

J W Egan

Welcome to the Linen Hall Library

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution.
Founded in 1788, we are the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. The Linen Hall Library is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection, ranging from comprehensive holdings 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. Read more here...


Events Guide, January to March 2016


Check out what's coming up in 2016 with our new
Events Guide, January to March 2016


Latest News




Chieftain’s Archive Joins Linen Hall Collections

The archive of gifted Irish musician Derek Bell (1935 – 2002) has been donated to the Linen Hall by his sister Alison Taylor. Derek ...



Launch of the Peter Quigley Archive Celebrated at the Linen Hall Library

The life and work of one of Northern Ireland’s most flamboyant, colourful and talented theatrical trailblazers, Peter Quigley, will be...



125 Years of Union USDAW Reviewed at the Linen Hall in February

A pop-up exhibition, 125 Years Strong: Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, will open to the public, free of charge, fro...

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