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

W. Somerset Maugham


« Back to News

Linen Hall Library is Awarded Museum Accreditation

02 December 2016


The Linen Hall Library is delighted to announce that it has been awarded museum accreditation by Arts Council England in partnership with the Northern Ireland Museums Council.

The accreditation applies to three of the Library’s renowned collections: Burns and Burnsiana which is the largest collection of Robert Burns material and ephemera outside of Scotland; the Northern Ireland Political Collection which numbers around 350,000 items relating to the ‘Troubles’; and Belfast and Early Provincial Printed Books, an extensive catalogue of titles which includes the oldest book printed in Belfast.

Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Library Director, said: “This is wonderful news for the Library. We have put an enormous amount of effort into the preparation for this award, and it’s hugely satisfying that all of our hard work has paid off. The award will propel the Linen Hall into a new stratum of international recognition and give us much needed access to new funding streams.”

Daniel Taylor, NIMC Development Officer, said: “The Northern Ireland Museums Council would like to congratulate the Linen Hall Library on attaining full museum accreditation. We are delighted to have been able to support the Library throughout the process, and this award is a reflection of all of their hard work to meet the standard. They are a welcome addition to the 43 already accredited museums in Northern Ireland.”

The Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be, for current and future users.

For more information about the Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme go to

For more information about the Linen Hall Library contact: 
Digital and Marketing Comms Specialist Rachel Wetherall at or T: 028 9032 1707.

The Linen Hall Library, one of Belfast’s oldest charities, is open free to the public.

Our opening hours are:
 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.