17 Donegall Square North
Belfast BT1 5GB
Northern Ireland
(full disabled access via Fountain St)

Location: Google Maps

Telephone: +44 (0)28 9032 1707
Fax: +44 (0)28 9043 8586
Email: info@linenhall.com

Library
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
(The Library will be closed on Saturdays from 1 October 2018 – 30 March 2019.)

Coffee Shop
Monday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Charity Bookshop
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 3.00pm
(located in Fountain Square, College Street)

The Library is normally closed on all public holidays.

“…the very words ’the Linen Hall Library’ represent not just books, but better hopes for the way we live.” – Seamus Heaney, former Patron and Honorary Member of the Linen Hall Library.

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and the only remaining library in Ireland that still generates a proportion of its income from membership. The Library is free to enter and enjoy, and is housed in a stunning Victorian former linen warehouse in the picturesque Donegall Square, across from Belfast City Hall.

It has a radical and ‘enlightenment’ foundation, and has prized its independence and maintained the principle that its resources are owned by the community for the community.

It is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection, ranging from comprehensive holdings of Early Belfast and Ulster printed books to the 350,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the recent ‘Troubles’.

The Linen Hall is a member of the Independent Libraries Association, which works to conserve, support and promote this significant and unique section of the United Kingdom’s cultural heritage.

The Linen Hall Library is an independent and charitable body registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC104564.

We are grateful for the support of the following funding bodies:

 

Management Team

Director Julie Andrews
Librarian Samantha McCombe
Finance Manager Karen Law
Deputy Librarian Monica Cash
Customer Services Manager Marie Ryan

Key Staff

Head of Digital and Marketing Comms –

(Please note: the Linen Hall MarComms Department is staffed on Monday, Thursday and Friday. If your query is urgent, please contact the main reception desk on +44 (0)28 9032 1707.)

Events Programmer –       Deborah Douglas

Senior Library Assistant – Melissa Flynn

For more information.

The Linen Hall Library is the perfect, central location, for events and meetings of all types. Find out how to book a room for your next corporate or private function.