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“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE! AN OASIS OF CALM” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Linen Hall Library

Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Sq. N., Belfast BT1 5GD, Northern Ireland
44-28-9032-1707
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Ranked #32 of 266 things to do in Belfast
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Owner description: This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and contains the largest collection of material on Irish studies in Northern Ireland.
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“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE! AN OASIS OF CALM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My daughter became a member of The Linenhall Library & I also joined. (It is a subscription only library, unlike the other public libraries which are free). It is the oldest library in Belfast and is a mine of information about Ireland in general and Belfast in particular. There are countless books and newspapers about what is known as that awful period in our history here in Irleand which has become known as 'The Troubles'. At the last count, I was told that they hold in excess of 250,000 different items relating to this period alone, in the Northern Ireland Politicial Collection.
They also have an excellent genealogy section, for those interested in doing some family history research and the amount of information here could prove invaluable.
There is an excellent free exhibition on until Christmas Eve in the Vertical Gallery which is showing posters documenting the years of 'The Troubles'. Worth seeing and you will find the Linenhall Library an oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling, busy Belfast city centre. (Library is opposite Belfast City Hall near corner of Fountain Street)
Enjoy!

Visited July 2012
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“A backward step forward.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Having been away from Belfast for a long time it was great to visit the Linenhall again with my Father recently. Modernised, yet keeping the hush hush special feeling of being amidst the words of true scholars, was wonderful. It is well worth a visit, and definitely speak to the knowledgeable staff there...they will enhance your visit with wit and genuine passion for keeping this Instituition alive and kicking...for many years to come.

Visited October 2012
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“Intelligent and honest historical resource for Belfast visitors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The political posters display and the artefacts from the Belfast declaration are fascinating insight intro to the city and its history. The ambience of the cafe and reading room is also warm and inviting.

Visited October 2012
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“A peaceful place in the heart of Belfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The oldest library, still retains a lot of its 17th century character. Has been modernised and a new wing added on, but find a good book and sit down among the bookshelves in the original library area and chill out for a while. There is a cosy cafe and art exhibition area in the new stairwell. Also, a small exhibition of 'troubles' memorabilia upstairs on the top floor.
lifts, and good clean toilets.

Visited December 2011
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Very interesting - especially the exhibition of postes and images of the Northern Ireland Conflict - it really gives one something to think about. The small cafe is good too.

Visited October 2012
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