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The Linen Hall Library, Belfast
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The Linen Hall Library is an independent library and cultural powerhouse. There is no charge to enter and enjoy the many collections held in this world renowned venue. Formed in 1788 as a place for Belfast businessmen to access and share information at a time when books were not readily accessible, the Library has grown to house vital archives such as the Northern Ireland Political Collection and the Irish and Local Studies Collection. The Linen Hall is also a popular tourist destination and houses a gift shop and coffee shop as well as organises many cultural events.
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  • 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 c...  more »
  • 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 speci...  more »
  • 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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  • One of the most interesting places in Belfast. Makes you feel in a fairy tale.
  • Nice small library and can read and study here
  • A unique private library, open for everyone to browse. Interesting collection of NI political posters in the stairway.
  • Very small museum/library. Great collection of old Irish political posters.