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

W. Somerset Maugham


Burns & Burnsiana

Robert BurnsThe Library's Burns Collection is one of the largest held outside Scotland. The main body of the collection was amassed by Andrew Gibson in the last decades of the 19th century. It was acquired for the Library by public subscription in 1901 for the then enormous sum of £1,000. Subsequently, a number of items were presented to the Library by Burns's great-granddaughter, Mrs Eliza Everitt.

The Collection includes no Burns manuscripts, but demonstrates in depth the huge and international popularity of Burns in the nineteenth century, and includes a wide range of ephemeral material.

While the Library no longer aims to collect all Burnsiana, it continues to acquire key reference works in relation to the bard.

For further information, please contact:

Irish & Reference Department
T: 028 9032 1707