I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges


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What's On in July

30 June 2017

Linen Hall Heads into the Holiday Season with a Double Dip of Cultural Art Exhibitions In July at the Linen Hall Irish warrior hero Cú Chulainn comes to life in a series of striking paintings in the Hero of Heroes exhibition, and artist Joe Gildea studies the diversity of Northern Ireland people and landscapes in a series of canvasses in ‘Here and There’. Both start on Monday 3...

Holiday Schedule 2017 / 2018

26 June 2017

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2017 / 2018   July Holidays Wednesday 12th July Thursday 13th July   Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday 28th August   Christmas Holidays 2017 / 2018 The Library will close at 5.30pm on Friday 22nd December 2017, re-opening on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

What's On in June

02 June 2017

Photojournalist Martin Nangle’s Pictures of the ‘Troubles’ Capture Belfast’s Turbulent Times at the Linen Hall in June Belfast during the ‘Troubles’ had its own unique culture. Photojournalist Martin Nangle had a particular interest in visually capturing this chapter in Northern Ireland’s history. His evocative collection of photographs, Street Life: Works by Belfast...

Communities Share Past and Present Through Eye of a Camera

05 May 2017

This week the Linen Hall Library in partnership with Belfast Exposed, and with funding provided by the Department for Communities, launched the photographic exhibition The Past, Present and Future. The project brought together traditional, and new and emerging communities using photography as a medium through which to explore their cultural space in Northern Ireland. The Linen Hall Library archives were used as inspiration and reference. A number of...

What's On in May

28 April 2017

Linen Hall Library Unlocks the Life of Colourful Fifties Entertainer Josef Locke The Tom Jones of his day, Northern Ireland-born Josef Locke (1917 – 1999) was the housewives’ favourite choice in the 40s and 50s. But who was this larger-than-life variety bill topper? The Linen Hall delves into the archive box and draws forth the largest collection of memorabilia ever displayed to mark Locke’s birth...

Writers Festival Celebrates Working Class Literary Heroes

27 April 2017

The Linen Hall Library’s popular Writers on Writers Festival is back for its fourth year with the focus on local working class writers and the Irish working class as a literary theme. Guests include playwright Gerry McCullough, and writers Gary Mitchell and Glenn Patterson. The Festival runs from 10 – 12 May with talks, conversations, workshops and a screening of a BBC NI production. The Writers on Writers May schedule is as...

BBC Radio 4 Bookclub Comes to the Linen Hall

10 April 2017

The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce that the BBC Radio 4 nation-wide programme Bookclub will record from the Linen Hall on Thursday 22 June. Bookclub is hosted by James Naughtie, and the book...

Annual General Meeting

01 April 2017

The 228th Annual General Meeting of the Linen Hall Library (Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge) will be held at 1.00pm on Thursday 18 May 2017. All members are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served from 12.30pm. Agenda 1.  ...

What's On in April

31 March 2017

Did it work for us? Linen Hall Marks 50th Anniversary of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in April What was the impact of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association set up in 1967, and did it achieve what it set out to do? The Linen Hall hosts a lecture and discussion about the circumstances that brought about NICRA which championed equality in Northern Ireland’s troubled...