Belfast's oldest library with famous Irish and genealogy collections, housed in a listed Victorian linen building.
Admission to the library is free, but donations from visitors are appreciated to support the library's work.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Belfast's oldest fully-functioning library, established in 1788
- Housed in stunning Victorian linen warehouse
- Holds the definitive 'Troubles' archive with 350,000 items
- Comprehensive Irish and Belfast collections
- Notable genealogy collection
The licensed Coffee House is open for light refreshments. It offers a range of specialty freshly roasted coffees, high quality sandwiches, soups, stew, salads, paninis, baked potatoes, and a range of puddings and pastries.
The shop at the Linen Hall stocks an impressive range of books, prints and gifts. If you are unable to visit the shop in person, you can order Linen Hall products by telephoning 028 9032 1707.
Reading societies, booksellers’ circulating libraries, and private subscription libraries flourished during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.location_on Linen Hall Library