Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm – open free to the public.
(The Library is open for members only on the first Saturday of each month from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Access is through the Fountain Street entrance. The cafe is not open on Saturdays.)
Internet accessible computers are available to members only.
Visitors can connect to the Linen Hall wi-fi network on their personal devices. The LHL wi-fi password is available on request at any reception desk.
Monday to Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 3.00pm
(located in Fountain Square, College Street)
Wheelchair access is available throughout the building, and all floors are accessible by customer lift. To avail of lift access, please enter through the Fountain Street door.
The Library is normally closed on all public holidays. For a current list of holiday closures click here.
“…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.
Here’s a short taster video:
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: