The Linen Hall is the oldest library in Belfast

Founded in 1788

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and the only remaining library in Ireland that still generates a proportion of its income from membership.

Experience one of Ireland’s most unique and historic institutions

Visitor Information

Are you planning a trip to The Linen Hall? Find out answers to some of the most frequently asked questions​.

Our Collections

Library
NIPR (formerly known as the Northern Ireland Publications Resource) is Northern Ireland’s National Collection of Northern Ireland Publications, a systematic collection and catalogue of all books, journals, pamphlets and reports published in Northern Ireland.
Digital
Digitised archives of a number of writers who were born or grew up in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Literary Archive begins in the late 19th century with the work of Sir Samuel Ferguson, and includes letters, manuscripts, and typescripts of John Boyd, Robert Greacen, Sam Hanna Bell, John Hewitt, Joan Lingard, Louis MacNeice, Stewart Parker and WR Rodgers.
Digital
The primary source for theatrical material from Northern Ireland, our Theatre & Performing Arts archive charts local theatre from printed plays of the 18th century to collections of programmes of numerous theatres, including the Grand Opera House and Lyric Theatre, and archives of playwrights and local theatre companies. Digitised content is accessible via the Digital Theatre Archive and extraORDINARYwomen.

Join Us

Become a member of the Linen Hall and enjoy the benefits offered by Belfast’s oldest library while helping to protect and preserve our unique collections.

Opening Hours

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9.30am – 5.30pm
9.30am – 5.30pm
9.30am – 5.30pm
9.30am – 5.30pm
9.30am – 5.30pm
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How to reach us

17 Donegall Square North
Belfast
BT1 5GB


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+44 (0)28 9032 1707


info@linenhall.com

Admission

Admission to the library is FREE.

Suggested donation is £3

Disabled Access

Wheelchair access is available throughout the building, and all floors are accessible by customer lift. To avail of lift access, please enter through the Fountain Street door.

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CONTACT US

17 Donegall Square North
Belfast
BT1 5GB

 

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