The Library of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends held by Craigavon Museum Services is the second largest collection of its kind in Ireland. It was donated to the Museum Library by the Ulster Quarterly Collection of the Religious Society of Friends. The collection held in within the Philip B Wilson Library records the history of the Quakers in Ireland and further afield from the mid-seventeenth century. The collection comprises male and female writers and includes 800 volumes of tracts, obituaries, biographies, journals, periodicals, apologetics and 17th to 20th century travels in ministry. The collection reflects ther long association with quakers in the area as it was in lurgan in 1654 that the first meeting in Ireland was held. Subject areas covered in the collection include biographies, diaries, social history, commentaries on Quaker lives, slavery and religious theory.
Strength of the collection lies in its comprehensive nature with regard to Quaker religious thought and theory. It is also rich in detail about social life and observations on events in history in general..
This collection is catalogued and available online at: http://www.craigavon.gov.uk/museum/research.htm
The Library of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is no longer being added to - though the Museum Library continues to collect Quaker books for the Main Collection.