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Linen Hall Library

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 1707
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Reviewed 5 days ago

As we were passing thought we would pop in and have a look. There is a cafe but we had just eaten, so just did a quick look around and saw the beautiful Georgian staircase. Worth popping in if you are interested in old buildings...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Linbylynn
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you were fortunate enough to belong to a family that had one of the many books written about its history, this is a treasure trove. Unfortunately, my ancestors didn't make their way into all the Irish biographies, but I did learn a lot about...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went at 10.30am on Friday and had a tour with Gerry! He is an absolute credit to the library! So informative and friendly! The place itself is beautiful and a must visit! Have walked by it many times without even realising what was behind...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 96jend
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building with a nice café (open to non-members) where you you can sit & plan your itinerary for the day. It also has a couple of small free exhibitions that are well worth checking out: when I visited there was one on the linen...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Nightwatchwoman
Reviewed August 5, 2019

This is such a gem and hidden place in Belfast.....a very interesting place to visit....lots of history and books that catch the history of Belfast and the line trade....also all the newspapers are here....enjoyed the visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BHNY
Reviewed August 4, 2019

We didn't take the tour but found the place fascinating even without it. Absolutely beautiful library, with some interesting displays. Minor criticisms: There was an exhibit on about the history of linen production in the city, but we thought it didn't give enough details; as...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019

This is a really important part of Belfast culture and a terrific library. It has great collections, particularly of 'troubles' documentation.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Meander777399
Reviewed July 4, 2019

We were glad we visited. Exhibits and books. Great posters of political events helped my understanding of The Troubles. If I lived in Belfast, I would join.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mary Anne J
Reviewed June 25, 2019

Fantastic. Great books, great staff, little jewel of a cafe. Really helpful people. Play reading about the United Irishmen was amazing!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank caolila2018
Reviewed June 10, 2019

Old fashioned Library in the heart of the city taking you back in time, worth spending 15 minutes if you are passing by

Date of experience: June 2019
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Jonathan W
April 15, 2019|
Response from LinenHallLibrary | Property representative |
Hi. The Linen Hall Library does have microfiche readers. Our staff will be happy to show you where they are located. Thanks