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

Jorge Luis Borges

Welcome to the Linen Hall Library

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution.
Founded in 1788, we are the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. The Linen Hall Library is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection, ranging from comprehensive holdings of Early Belfast and Ulster printed books to the 250,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the recent troubles. Read more here...


Events Guide, January to March 2016


Check out what's coming up in 2016 with our new
Events Guide, January to March 2016


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December Events at the Linen Hall

Northern Ireland Writers Strike a Pose in New Art Exhibition at the Linen Hall



Linen Hall Staff Member Cuts Ribbon on New Maghera Cultural Centre

Linen Hall Library Assistant Mary Delargy was recently invited to officially open the new Maghera Historical Society Heritage and Cultural C...

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