Local History Collection, Derry Central Library

The Local History Collection at Derry Central Library consists of a large collection of books on both local and Irish history. The Library is particularly interested in preserving the local history of the city and all aspects of its social and economic development. It is the Library's policy to collect all material published by or about local authors, hence there are collections relating to Seamus Heaney and John Hume as well as other local writers. The Local History Collection held at Derry Central Library encompasses many formats of material. There are over 200 photographs of the city and its environs. Maps in the collection include those relating to the Plantation and Siege of Derry as well as 1830s and 1850s city and county maps. Other maps held in the collection include twentieth century maps of the city. The collection includes over 400 maps in total. Local newspapers are also well represented in this collection with runs of the "Derry Journal" and "Londonderry Sentinel" dating back to the 1840's. The newspapers are indexed regularly and newspaper cutting files are available for local history topics. Local periodicals as well as some general Irish periodicals are also held in the collection.


The strength of the collection lies in its comprehensive range of material, dealing with the history of the city and its current development in the 21st century.

Physical characteristics

3000 titles. 200 photographs. 400 maps.


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Our aim is to purchase/secure at least one copy of all materail published relating to the city and surrounding area.

Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 24 May 2018