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Address: 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9032 1707
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
Sat 09:30 - 16:00
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This library, founded in 1788, is the oldest library in Belfast and...

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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We had a great guided tour which ended much better than it began. The start was hard to hear as our group was in a corridor set up next to the cafe. When we moved to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Two Bridges, Devon, UK
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Two Bridges, Devon, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great guided tour which ended much better than it began. The start was hard to hear as our group was in a corridor set up next to the cafe. When we moved to the upstairs and sat around the table, getting to see and hear about the archive collection, it all became an amazing experience. Afterwards, I... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited with a group of students touring Northern Ireland. Gerry Devaney provided us with great insight into the history of the library - the only subscription library remaining in the UK. We loved learning about its roots in radicalism and its goals of promoting knowledge while maintaining a strictly neutral stance in the conflict. Gerry gave us a fascinating... More 

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Thank susandasc
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Linen Hall Library is a gem and a revealing window into the history of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Their long, nonpartisan history of collecting "knowledge" and making it accessible sets a standard for all countries.The old world library ambiance is refreshing. Our group of 20 American college students especially enjoyed the collection of posters from the Troubles and the... More 

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Thank Christine071
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old fashioned library perfectly positioned in city centre. This place attracts tourists, especially American families, on the second floor looking up Irish ancestry records. Staff are super friendly and management always has special events lined up for different age groups. One thing I would suggest changing is some of their study desks on the first and second floors, which are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent place to pop in for a read even if you are not a member. Exhibitions and events also take place there but the real star is the building itself.

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Thank Renaat V
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

An old-world library...thank God for that where everything has to be "modernised" these days. It's a subscription library dating back to 1788, but they welcome visitors and browsers. It's got a very calm, quiet feel to it and is very well-stocked. Apparently there are tours, which I'm sure would be worth taking.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We visited the Linen hall library during our brief visit to belfast and were impressed by the wide range of interesting social history, including an excellent poster display but they also have a special Robbie Burns exhibition at the moment which is well worth seeing and a special collection, by Andrew Gibson, available to see by booking. Well worth a... More 

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Thank Mike M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Impressive beautiful old building. Large selection of books and magazines. Highlight is the huge collection of bound Ulster newspapers dating back to the 17 hundreds.

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Thank jop12015
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Learn the history of Ireland's last subscribing library! Browse the books and displays and have a bite in coffee shop. Take the stairs and see the political posters from 1970.

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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Haven't been here in years since my student days. I had forgotten how good it was. So peaceful. So full of character. There is nothing to beat the look, feel and smell of old books. So much history in one place. So much information at your fingertips. So much more enjoyable than surfing the Internet. Long may it prosper.

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