Following on from our article on the “History of the Linen Hall Library Belfast & What To See Here” we have details on how to get here, tours of the Linen Hall Library and opening times. Read on for more…
Firstly check out part 1 of this article: History of the Linen Hall Library Belfast & What to See Here.
The opening times of Belfast’s Linen Hall Library are as follows:
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm.
The library is closed for a week in July every year, as well as on Public Holidays.
Facilities at the Linen Hall Library…
There’s a licensed coffee shop, which offers light refreshments, sandwiches, cakes, soups and salads. Library members get a 10% discount. The shop is open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.
Tours & entrance fees…
Admission to the Library is free, but donations from visitors are welcomed. Why not become a member and help out the Library, or dine in the coffee shop?
Free Tours of the Library are available every week where you’ll get an insight into the Library, and its colourful history. Tours are on every Wednesday at 11.30am where you will learn about the Linen Hall Library, its archive collection and history. The first Saturday of each month at 11am there are tours showing how to use the library and its collections. Tours last for one hour on average. Please remember to book your tour prior to arrival.
How to get here…
The Library is located right in the city centre, facing City Hall. The picturesque ornate front entry point is located in Donegall Square North. The main public entrance is at the Fountain Street area, on the library building’s side.
If you’re travelling by bus, you’ll be getting off at Donegall Square, as Translink (Ulsterbus) services end there. If you are driving, be aware that the best places to park are at Castle Court, Chichester Street, and the Europa Bus Centre.
So there you have it, a guide to the oldest Library in Belfast. It’s well worth paying a visit to this cultural institution, and browse through the fascinating collections, maybe purchase some gifts and artistic prints at the Library Gift Shop.
If the literary and cultural world is your passion, then you have everything at your fingertips at the Linen Hall Library. To summarise its importance to Belfast and Northern Ireland Culture is to quote Seamus Heaney, Poet Laureate, who defined the Library as being the single most important factor in promoting enlightenment amongst the citizens of Northern Ireland.
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