Members Area

As a member of The Linen Hall, you are continuing a tradition dating back to 1788. Today, we continue to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation to over 1,800 members.

You are part of a community with an interest in novels, poetry, people, politics, and theatre. Some enjoy our arts and cultural programming, while others take advantage of a peaceful place to relax with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Benefits of your membership

As a member of The Linen Hall, you enjoy the extensive range of benefits offered by Belfast’s oldest library. Your membership helps protect and preserve our unique collections for future generations. While supporting our work, you will enjoy all the exclusive benefits of being a member.

  • Receive an exclusive introductory membership pack
  • Receive 10% discount on all items in The Linen Hall gift shop
  • Enjoy 10% discount on food and drinks in The Linen Hall Café
  • Access an exclusive members only area on Level 2 of The Linen Hall
  • Access all titles on display and in restricted areas
  • Borrow up to 8 books at a time for up to 4 weeks
  • Reserve books by telephone, email, or online
  • Access a wide range of daily newspapers
  • Suggest new books and publications not currently in our collections
  • Receive mailings of our What’s On Guide and Annual Report
  • Receive our monthly e-zine with news and upcoming events
  • Enjoy a complimentary induction tour of The Linen Hall

Explore The Linen Hall Library

Browse or search within our online catalogue of thousands of books, pamphlets, posters, and periodicals. As a membership library, The Linen Hall has an extensive lending collection of fiction and non-fiction works for our members’ benefit. We also hold several unique digital collections comprising material including literary manuscripts, periodicals, posters, and postcards.

Search the online catalogue
View your account, renew or reserve books
Find out more about our collections
Explore the digital collections

We are grateful for your ongoing commitment to The Linen Hall. We hope you continue to enjoy the benefits of belonging to this unique institution for many years to come.

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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

Linen Hall Library
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Linen Hall Café
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5.00pm

The Library is normally closed on all public holidays.