Linen Hall Library



Free entry

The Linen Hall Library is a truly unique cultural centre situated in the heart of Belfast. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. Step through the iconic Donegall Square North doors and up the grand stone steps and be enveloped in the Library’s very special atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the many shelves of books, relax in our café, attend one of our many cultural events, or just soak up the surroundings of the listed Victorian building.



Take a tour
The Linen Hall has a number of different tours unlocking the fascinating treasures that lie within. From general tours to a more in-depth exploration of our archives, visit our website for a full list of available tours.

Events

The Linen Hall has a packed calendar of cultural events including lectures, performances, exhibitions, and talks. For a full list of activities and details, visit the website or pick up a What’s On guide available in the Library and at locations through Belfast and Northern Ireland.



Collections

The Linen Hall is renowned for its unparalleled Irish and Local Studies Collection, ranging from comprehensive holdings of Early Belfast and provincial printed books, to the over 350,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the recent ‘Troubles’.
Looking up your family history? The Linen Hall is one of the best places in Northern Ireland to begin your search. From ‘how to’ guides for those beginning their genealogy journey, to gravestone inscriptions, military lists, passenger lists, lists of clergy, and information on surnames, place-names and street directories. Unique to the Linen Hall, the Blackwood Pedigrees of handwritten family trees and the Belfast News Letter Birth, Death and Marriage Index 1737-1863 are also fascinating resources.

Museum

As well as being a library and archive, the Linen Hall is also an accredited museum with three pillars of the collection holding museum status:
  • Belfast Printed and Provincial Printed books
  • Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana
  • Northern Ireland Political Collection
  • Theatre & Performing Arts





Membership

Membership of the Library starts at £40 and brings benefits such as the ability to borrow books and discounts on goods and services. It is also a significant way to support one of the province’s most important cultural institutions.

Donations

The Linen Hall is one of Belfast’s oldest charities. We depend on donations to continue our great work. Please think about supporting the Library through membership or donation.

Why not hold your next conference, board meeting, launch or promotion in the historic Linen Hall Library?

The listed building, which fronts onto Donegall Square, is unparalleled in atmosphere, and embraces the past and future with its mix of modern and traditional architecture.

As a venue, the Linen Hall Library holds an illustrious and unparalleled profile with guests and media in an historic city centre location. The dramatic extension, built in 2000 and housing the six-storey high Vertical Gallery, maintains the unique character and ambience of former years, whilst incorporating full disabled access, services and facilities for a new century.

The range of available rooms includes the Governors’ Room, an intimate Victorian meeting room lined with oak bookshelves, and the larger modern, well-equipped Performance Area with everything necessary for an impressive event.

Download our Room Hire leaflet here.


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