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John Killen, former Linen Hall Librarian, Passes Away

We are very sad to hear about the passing of former Linen Hall Librarian John Killen.
 
John joined the Linen Hall as Irish and Reference Librarian in 1977 and began listing the collections and opening the resources of the Library to the public. In 1978 he was appointed Deputy Librarian, and in 2010 was elevated to the internationally distinguished post of Librarian.
 
He wrote many books during his career including the definitive ‘History of The Linen Hall Library 1788 – 1988’ written to mark the 200th birthday of the organisation. He travelled extensively to represent the Library at conferences, seminars and symposia, and his talks were in high demand. His knowledge of the collections was unrivalled.
 
In 2015, after thirty-seven years with the Linen Hall, he retired and looked forward to spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren of whom he was so proud.
 
But even in retirement John was a regular visitor and could be seen with his head bent over the archives researching a new nugget of information that had caught his attention.
 
John was a gentleman who was much loved and respected by staff, members, visitors and the world of librarianship at large.
 
He dedicated the greater part of his professional life to the Linen Hall and once said of the institution: “The Linen Hall Library is the living archive of the people of this place.”
 
He will be missed by all.