Established in 1990, the Community Relations Council Reference Library contains approx 2,200 published works relating to the theme of community relations in Northern Ireland reflecting the Council's principal areas of activity. Some international comparative material is included, but the majority of the collection concerns community relations in Northern Ireland. The titles date mostly from 1990 and are largely published in-house by local voluntary organisations.
This is a unique collection of material on Community Relations initiatives and themes in Northern Ireland. Much of the material is not in book form and has not been commercially available. Those researching the conflict in Northern Ireland and the various initiatives (particularily at the non-political level) to address it, will find the collection of particular interest. Particular strengths of collection are community relations, cross-community relations, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, peace education, reconciliation, sectarianism.
The library has approximately 2,200 titles comprising books, reports, periodicals, papers, booklets and other printed literature.
The Council is a registered charity and an independent company limited by guarantee, although it is often regarded in practice as a non-departmental public body because of its receipt of public funding.