To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

W. Somerset Maugham


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Linen Hall Library Recognised as an Investor in People

28 March 2017

The Linen Hall Library has once again been awarded accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management. Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential...

Holiday Schedule 2017 / 2018

13 March 2017

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2017 / 2018   St Patrick’s Day Friday 17th March   Easter Monday 17th April Tuesday 18th April   May Day Monday 1st May   Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29th May   July...

What's On in March

27 February 2017

March Comes in Like a Lion at the Linen Hall with new Exhibition War Torn Children – Plus, we mark World Book Day and International Women’s Day. In March, the Linen Hall launches a new and exclusive exhibition, War Torn Children, which lays bare the devastating consequences of military engagement on young people. Also on display is artwork produced by older...

The Devastation of War on Children

24 February 2017

The Devastation of War on Children is Theme of New Textile Exhibition Exclusively at Linen Hall in March Powerful, emotional and deeply disturbing – War-Torn Children – launching on 1st March, is a new and exclusive exhibition at the Linen Hall Library in partnership with Conflict Textiles and INNATE. The panic, fear and terrifying repercussions of war on children are expressed through a collection...

What's On in February

30 January 2017

Area of Outstanding Beauty – The Northern Coast is Captured in all of its Windswept Glory in February Exhibition February at the Linen Hall sees the launch of Light of the Antrim Coast, an art exhibition by David Speers focusing on the internationally renowned beauty of the Antrim coast. Sharing top billing, local theatre troupe PintSized Productions makes a return with two days of readings from influential...

Linen Hall’s Powerful Political Posters Now Accessible as Free Educational iBook

13 January 2017

Thanks to funding from the Department for Communities, the Linen Hall Library, in partnership with the Nerve Centre, has recently launched an educational iBook entitled Troubled Images – The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process 1968 - 2016 by Gordon Gillespie. Aimed at key stage 3 pupils, this interactive online resource provides the post-conflict generation with a non-biased narrative of the key events in Northern Ireland’s recent...

What's On in January

06 January 2017

WHO ARE THE JEWS IN IRISH LITERATURE? THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY EXPLORES IN JANUARY EXHIBITION The Linen Hall launches its 2017 cultural calendar of events by examining Jewishness in Irish literature through the ages with an exhibition entitled Representations of Jews In Irish Literature and series of talks. The musical magic of Linley Hamilton features as well in a special January...

Linen Hall Bestows Honorary Membership on Four Exceptional People

15 December 2016

This week the Linen Hall Library formally bestowed Honorary Membership on four people who have given generously of their time and skills to ensure the continuing success of this wonderful organisation. They are: former staff and board member Jennifer Campbell, comedian Tim McGarry, actress Roma Tomelty and former board member Brian Walker. Director Julie Andrews said: "Without people like Jennifer, Tim, Roma and Brian, the Linen Hall Library would not be nearing its 229th...

Director Julie Andrews Chosen to Sit on New NI Executive Advisory Panel

13 December 2016

Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Library Director, has been selected to sit on the NI Executive's Compact Civic Advisory Panel. The six-person panel was chosen by First Minister the Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. The advisers will consider specific strategic issues relevant to the Programme for Government and report to the Executive. Julie Andrews said: "I am honoured and very excited to have been chosen to join the NI Executive's...