The Hibernica Collection, or Henry Collection as it was previously known, is a substantial collection of monographs, periodicals and pamphlets of general Irish interest and/or origin, being strongest in history and literature, and also including works of Scottish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton. Officially established in 1929 with a deposit of 1000 volumes from the personal library of R.M. Henry (Professor of Latin at Queen's, 1908-38), the collection now represents the largest single subject division held in Special Collections containing in excess of 35,500 volumes and pamphlets dating from the mid 19th century to the present day. Principal strengths of the Hibernica collection include the T.F. O'Rahilly library collection of literature in Irish and Celtic philology, and the Simms Collection of Foreign Books relating to Ireland and by Irish persons printed abroad (pre-1701). The collection also includes comprehensive series of major Irish periodicals and journals such as Irish Historical Studies, Irish Ecclesiastical Record and the James Joyce Quarterly. All major subjects relating to Ireland and Northern Ireland are covered including, in particular, history, politics, literature, philology, economics, society and culture
The Hibernica Collection is a particularly strong source of material for the study of Irish (and English) history, politics, and economics, mainly for the period, 1749-1814. Other areas of strength include Anglo-Irish literature, and subjects relating to the historical, political and cultural development of Northern Ireland.
The Hibernica Collection is essentially a bibliographical assemblage of monographs (hardback and paperback), periodicals and pamphlets consisting of approx. 29,000 volumes (plus pamphlets), dating principally from the 18th century to the present day. A small number of CDs, CD-Rs and videos can also be found.
Titles in this collection can be found on the Library catalogue (QCAT) available at, all have the prefix h: www.qub.ac.uk/lib