Saying the words 'Linen Hall' is salubrious and restorative, unpolluting, healthgiving...The Library is community, not a repository - it is a style, a conviction, a value.

Seamus Heaney

Become a Member

Become a Member

By becoming a member of the Linen Hall Library you are continuing a tradition that began over 225 years ago 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.

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 are searching for.

Join today and you 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.
  • Free Wi-Fi and internet access.
  • Receive our Newsletter, Annual Report 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.
  • Opportunity to become a Friend of the Linen Hall Library.
  • Receive an introductory membership pack and a complimentary Library induction tour.


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Induction Tours

A free Induction Tour is available for all new members, and includes how to use the Linen Hall Library and its Collections. Contact for details.

Check out details of all other Library tours 

For further information on Membership, please contact: 
Linen Hall Library T: 028 9032 1707;