The Belfast Linenhall Library was originally founded as the Belfast Reading society in 1788.
Its original premises were in rooms of the White Linen Hall(hence the library’s name),which was a building on the site of the present day Belfast City Hall.
In 1888,the library moved to its present position(a former linen warehouse),to make way for the building of the city hall.After some years of prosperity the library after the second world war went into almost terminal decline.In 1980 it was saved from the brink of closure,by the intervention of grant funds from the city council.With added support from fundraising and government finance it was able to flourish,an impressive extension being added in 2000.
Today the library offers amongst its collections an extensive collection of Irish books, ancient and modern maps and a huge archive of newspapers dating back to the early 1700s.
There are regular exhibitions,music and reading events.If you wish to spend a relaxing peaceful afternoon then you should head to the Linenhall Library to enjoy quiet reading over a latte.
The Linenhall Library contact details
Linen Hall Library17 Donegall Square NorthBelfast BT1 5GBNorthern Ireland (enter via Fountain St)
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9032 1707