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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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  • This is an important stop to learn more about the importance Linen played in Belfast and Ireland. Very interesting and informative.  more »
  • Wonderfully informative and engaging tour by Gerry today on the history of the Linen Hall Library and its role in the social and political life of Belfast and its amazingly interesting and extensive c...  more »
  • I went on a university tour to the Linen Hall Library and It was just amazing. Seeing how the library started as safe place for the freedom of ideas and knowledge warmed my heart. Our guide was very k...  more »
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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.