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Linen Hall Library Readathon Returns

30 September 2016

We’re excited to announce that the Linen Hall Readathon is returning on Friday 4 November from 10am – 5pm to kick off another month-long fundraising drive. The first Readathon took place in November 2015, and at the end of the month over £4,000 was raised. To participate, just show up, pay £5 and read anything you like for fifteen minutes on the pop-up stage located in the General Reception area on Level 2. Or you can book your...

What's On in October

30 September 2016

SHAKESPEARE IS ALIVE AND WELL AT THE LINEN HALL IN OCTOBER In October the Linen Hall Library marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the exhibition Shakespeare Lives Through Sir Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen which spotlights NI actor Branagh’s Shakespearean roles using archive material from Queen’s University Belfast and the Linen Hall’s Theatre and Performing Arts...

Job Vacancy - NIPR Manager

29 September 2016

Post:  NIPR. The National Collection for Northern Ireland Publications - Manager Location:  Linen Hall Library Salary range: £26,556 - £28,203 pro rata Hours of Work:  14.5 hours per week Employment type:  Part-time temporary (6 months) Applications are invited for the post of NIPR Manager. NIPR, the National...

Phenomenal NI Literary Archive Now Available For All

07 September 2016

7 September 2016 – Today the Linen Hall Library launched a phenomenal digital resource which makes available for the first time historic literary items by some of Northern Ireland’s most influential writers. The Northern Ireland Literary Archive, funded by the Department for Communities, includes manuscripts, drafts, letters, unpublished works and more from the personal collections of Sam Hanna Bell, John Boyd, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Robert Greacen, John Hewitt, Joan...

Northern Ireland History Digitisation Project Commences at the Linen Hall Library

01 September 2016

Today, Thursday 1 September, First Minister Arlene Foster launched the Divided Society digitisation project at the Linen Hall Library. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ulster Garden Villages and the Department of Foreign Affairs Peace and Reconciliation Fund, the project will see the digitisation of periodicals and posters from the Troubles and Peace Process concentrating on the decade from 1990 – 2000. The phenomenal Northern Ireland Political...

What's On in September

01 September 2016

Five Artists = Five Interpretations of Seminal 20th Century Archive Documents Exclusively at the Linen Hall in September It can be argued that the 1916 Proclamation document and the 1912 Covenant and Declaration are two of the 20th century’s most seminal documents, and defined the modern history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Five artists have been given free rein to interpret these...

Charity Book Shop is Back

18 August 2016

We're delighted to announce that the Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be back in business from Monday 22 August at 9am. Our new location is 63 Fountain Street. Hours will be Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm and Sat 9am -...

Substantial Set of Fortnight Magazine For Sale

05 August 2016

The Library is pleased to offer for sale a substantial but incomplete set of the political and cultural magazine Fortnight that was published in Belfast from 1970 – 2011. This is a rare opportunity to purchase this iconic publication that captured the highs and lows of some of Belfast’s most turbulent years. Nearly everyone who was anyone had their ‘spake’ in the magazine. Fortnight also featured illustrations by some of...

Holiday Schedule 2016 / 2017

01 August 2016

The following Holiday Schedule applies for 2016 / 2017   Christmas Holidays 2016 The Library will close at 5.30pm on Friday 23rd December 2016, re-opening on Wednesday 4th January 2017.   St Patrick’s Day Friday 17th March   Easter Monday 17th April Tuesday 18th April   May...