Membership Benefits

Membership entitles you to an extensive range of benefits, including exclusive discounts, an increased borrowing limit and free Internet access at the library.

There are two main types of membership:

Individual and Family Membership

Corporate Membership

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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

Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

The Library is normally closed on all public holidays.

By becoming a member of the Linen Hall Library you are continuing a tradition that began in 1788 when a group of artisans, determined to enhance their understanding of the world and make the written word accessible, began what was then called The Belfast Reading Society.

Linen Hall Belfast

Whether you’re interested in novels, poetry, people, theatre or politics, looking for a cultural event, art exhibition or just somewhere peaceful to relax and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, the Linen Hall Library can provide all the intellectual and cultural stimulation that you seek.

Join today and you and/or your organisation can start to enjoy Belfast’s oldest library, while helping to protect its unique collections for future generations. In addition to the satisfaction of supporting our work, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Borrow 8 books at any one time for up to four weeks.
  • Receive at least 10% off all Linen Hall items in our gift shop, coffee shop and selected event tickets.
  • Exclusive access to daily newspapers.
  • Access to all titles on display and those in restricted access areas.
  • Receive our What’s On guides, Annual Report, ezines and other mailings.
  • Advance notification of events.
  • The right to suggest new books not currently in our collections.
  • Book reservations and renewals by phone, email, post or online.
  • Receive an introductory membership pack and a complimentary Library induction tour.

Please note that membership rates will increase on 1 January 2022.

We also offer Corporate Membership which brings benefits and perks for organisations and their staff.

Thinking about giving membership as a gift? Gift packs are available to purchase in the Library.

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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.