Title Description

Bairéad Collection

This collection contains a wealth of Irish language material and ephemeral material from the early days of the Gaelic revival movements, as collected by Stiophán (1867-1921) and Ciarán (1905-1976) Bairéad. Síghle Bairéad (1903-1985) donated this material to the Library in 1976 in memory of her ...

Ringling North Collection

A very fine collection of c. 1200 items on subjects such as travel literature and the history of art, this was the personal library of Henry Ringling North (1909-1993), former owner and manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Items are largely in pristine condition....

Mac Fhinn Collection

Collection of 300+ items accumulated by Msgr. Eric Mac Fhinn (1895-1987) of Co. Galway, UCG lecturer in education (through Irish) 1931-1965....

Hart Collection

Substantial collection of personal and official papers of Sir Robert Hart (1835-1911), Inspector General of the Imperial Customs, Peking, 1863-1908. The collection contains a range of interesting and insightful material relating to Hart’s official duties and experiences in Peking during his long c...

18th Century Books and Pamphlets

General collection of 18th century books and pamphlets. The collection relates to a wide variety of subject areas representative of the interests and pre-occupations of writers of this period and the collecting concerns of QUB library. History, politics, religion, language and literature are all wel...

19th and 20th Century Books

General collection of valuable, limited, fine or rare material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection relates to a disparate range of subject areas with items selected for their evidential and/or bibliographic value. Included can be found modern reproductions of some of the world’s most ...

Andrews Manuscripts

This collection consists of a selection of scientific papers and correspondence by and addressed to Chemist and Physicist, Thomas Andrews (1813-85), chiefly written in his own hand or copied by his daughters, Elizabeth Andrews and Mary K. Andrews, and forming part of the documents used in the prepar...

Bunting Collection

Major collection of Irish musical manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence etc concerning the work of the Irish Music Collector and Musician, Edward Bunting (1773-1843) arising out of the Belfast Harpers Festival of 1792 and published in ‘A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music’ in 1796 (re...

Carnduff Collection

Personal, literary and collected papers of and/or relating to Thomas Carnduff (1886-1956), the Belfast essayist, playwright and poet. An important figure in cultural circles during the early 20th century, Thomas Carnduff, the so-called 'Shipyard Poet,' was a profilic writer and acute observer of Bel...

Foster Pamphlet Collection

Collection of 18th century pamphlets, magazines and reports etc compiled by John Foster, Baron Oriel (1740-1828), last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. An important and unique assemblage of materials, the collection was compiled by Foster during his years of high political office in both the I...

Moore Collection

Special collection of books etc, by, or relating to, the Irish poet, satirist, composer, and musician, Thomas Moore (1779-1852). Born in Dublin to Roman Catholic parents in 1779, Thomas Moore went on to become one of Ireland's most popular writers, regarded at the time, as Ireland's national lyricis...

Thomson Collection

Collection of scientific papers and notebooks, memoranda, lectures, correspondence etc of James Thomson (1822-1892), Professor of Engineering at Queen’s College, Belfast, 1857-1873. Various topics are highlighted in the collection reflecting Professor Thomson’s wide range of research interests. ...

Pim Manuscripts

Papers of the Belfast born author and poet, Herbert Moore Pim (1883-?). A relatively small batch of materials, this collection consists mainly of literary manuscripts concerning a number of published and unpublished works by Pim, including typewritten drafts of the novel, ‘The Pes...

Brett Collection

Small collection of miscellaneous papers and documents deposited by the Belfast solicitor, Sir Charles Brett (1839-1926). The collection consists of a variety of material, mainly of antiquarian interest, including books, extracts, manuscripts, and other documents relating principally to early Englis...

Larkin Collection

The library of Professor Patrick Larkin (Education Department, UCG) and his wife Rita Larkin....

Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection

The Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection is primarily Beckett manuscripts and publications, but also includes theater programs, audiovisual material, and ephemera spanning 1929 to 1981. Material is arranged in six subseries:
A. Manuscripts;
B. Publications;
C. Theater progr...

Samuel N. Freedman collection on George Bernard Shaw

The George Bernard Shaw collection consists of approximately 2 linear feet (7 boxes) of Shaw materials accumulated over a period of about forty years by Samuel Freedman. The collection included about 3,000 books by and about Shaw, which are catalogued for the Irish Collection in the Bur...

Flann O'Brien collection

The Flann O'Brien Collection contains a wide variety of materials: papers, books, art works, and personal memorabilia. Materials in this collection are dated from 1884 to 1991, thus predating and postdating the life of Flann O'Brien (1911-1966). Most of the materials date between 1935 a...

John F. Deane papers

The John F. Deane papers includes correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings related to Deane's life, literary output and career as a literary editor. The correspondents include Samuel Beckett, Daniel Berrigan, Alaine Bosquet, Padraig Daly, Paul Durcan, Joh...

Kathleen Daly Clarke papers and collection of Thomas Clarke and Irish political materials

The papers contain correspondence, photographs, artwork, ephemera, and clippings documenting the life and career of Kathleen Daly Clarke, while Clarke's collection includes materials about her husband Thomas Clarke and Irish politics during the early- to mid-1900s. Of note are cards she...

Frederick M. Manning collection of John McCormack materials

These materials pertaining to John McCormack’s life and career were compiled by Frederick M. Manning. Notable manuscripts in the collection include McCormack’s memoirs, a book of song lyrics used as a prompt and prop by McCormack in performance, a handwritten index of McCormack’s ...

Mary O'Hara papers

The Mary O'Hara papers document the performances, public career, and personal life of Irish soprano and harpist Mary O'Hara. The collection highlights her early rise to fame in the 1950s until her entrance to Stanbrook Abbey in 1962, as well her return to her music career in 1974 until ...

Samuel Beckett - Barney Rosset collection

The Samuel Beckett - Barney Rosset collection includes manuscripts representing three decades of Beckett's writing; annotated copies of plays, stories, and other works; letters and cards from Beckett to Rosset discussing the author's life and work; and Grove Press business and financial records r...

O'Rahilly Collection

Collection of Irish manuscripts and printed books annotated by the distinguished Celtic Scholar, T.F. O’Rahilly (1883-1953). A relatively small assemblage of material, the books are extensively annotated by O'Rahilly and include a range of titles on Irish dialect, grammar and Irish Literature, dat...

Simms Medical Collection

Distinguished library of early medical works and medical history belonging to Dr Samuel Simms (d. 1967) of Belfast. Once described as one of the most selective and extensive of collections in private hands, the Simms Medical collection is an outstanding assemblage of works concerning the practice of...

Hibernica Collection

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...

Library of Adam Smith

Relatively small, general collection of monographs etc from the surviving personal library of the 18th century philosopher and economic theorist, Adam Smith (1723-90). The majority of titles relate principally to Greek and Latin classics and date mostly from the 18th century. The collection does, ho...

MacDouall Collection

Collection of general literature, Sanskrit and comparative philology from the personal library of Charles MacDouall (1818-1883), first Professor of Latin at Queen's College, Belfast (1849-50) and second Professor of Greek (1850-78). The collection includes material relating to Classical, Eastern and...

Music Collection

The music collection at Queen’s University Belfast is an open access collection which is primarily focused towards the needs of students and academic staff. The collection is located at The McClay Library at Queen’s and consists of over 15,000 books on music and printed editions of music (dating...

Official Publications Collection

The official publications collection at Queen's University includes Parliamentary Papers held from the beginning of the 19th Century onwards, a Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive and a European Documentation Centre archive of EU materials. Official publications are also held for the Repu...

Percy Collection

The almost intact 18th century library of the author and antiquarian, Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, Co. Down. Described at one time as the finest library in private hands in Ireland, the collection contains monographs, bound volumes of pamphlets and some manuscripts relating principal...

Ross-Rosenzweig Collection

Collection of monographs, periodicals and facsimilies, etc., on or relating to a variety of Hebrew and Jewish subjects and studies. Included are Hebrew texts relating to the interpretation, analysis and commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community, alongside works of Hebrew literature...

Special Collections & Archives

Established in 1849, the Library of Queen's University Belfast comprises one of the largest collections of books, periodicals and pamphlets held in Northern Ireland. One of the Library's great strengths lies in its department of Special Collections & Archives, containing approximately 100,000 vo...

Lady Gregory Collection

This substantial collection was purchased by the Library in 1976. It contains many different editions and printings of material published by and about Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932). A native of County Galway, she was a major figure in the Irish Literary Revival and the founding of the A...

Government Publications

Parliamentary legal and other government publications from the UK and Northern Ireland...

Government Publications

Parliamentary and other government publications from the UK and Northern Ireland...

Government Publications

Laws and statutes from the UK and Northern Ireland and a range of official publications.

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Government Publications

Laws and statutes from the UK and Northern Ireland and a range of official publications.

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Youth Link: NI



Youth Link: NI is the inter-church youth service for Northern Ireland. It was established in 1991 b...

Rare book collection

Formerly the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968)...

AE/ George Russell Collection

The material in this collection consists of illustrated poems, photographs and books of poetry by the artist, poet and theosophist George Russell (AE) 1867-1935. George Russell, also known as AE was one of the founders of the Irish Theatrical Company at the Abbey Theatre. He contributed regularly to...

LIRA Library Collection

The collection at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum includes the research library of books and journals, and also memoranda and reports of the scientific and technical research projects undertaken by the Linen Industry Research Association (LIRA) throughout its existence. The Linen Industry ...

Royal Ulster Rifles Regimental Museum Library and Archive Collection

The collection held at the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum consists of books, archives and some digitised histories. The collection deals with various aspects of the British Army including titles covering army lists, dating back to 1783. The lists refer to regular officers listed in the British army ofte...

King's Inns

The King's Inns collection of c55 items is comprised of works on various subjects including astrology, history, religion, science, travel.  Notable contents include Augstine, Confessiones, c. 1470, Benyowsky's Memoirs and Travels, 1790.

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St. Anthony's Rare Book Collection

The St. Anthony's Rare Book Collection, numbering c. 280 items, formed part of the library of St. Anthony's Franciscan College which was acquired by UCG in 1992. The collection contains many rare and interesting works on topics ranging in scope from theology and apologetics to bardism and Norse myth...

Henry Library

The Henry collection contains c. 4500 items. The bulk of the collection represents the Library of the Reverend Joseph Henry, D.D (1821-1885). The Henry Library is held on deposit from the Church of Ireland diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry....

Met Éireann Library

The Met Éireann Library is the central repository for meteorology-related publications in Ireland.  It includes a core collection of textbooks, scientific journals, organisational publications and archives of scientific and historical interest.  

When the Irish Meteorological Service w...

Methodist Historical Society of Ireland

The Irish Branch of the Wesley Historical Society in Belfast administers and maintains a comprehensive and unrivalled collection of works on or relating to Methodism in Ireland. Containing in excess of 8,000 volumes, it was established in 1926 on the foundation of the Irish branch in support of its ...

British Official Publications Collection

This is one of the most comprehensive collections freely available to the general public in Northern Ireland. Comprising both parliamentary and non-parliamentary official publications, it contains parliamentary official records, working papers, statutory publications, agency and departmental publica...

Brown Street National School Archive

Brown Street Sunday School was one of two endowed schools in Belfast in the nineteenth century. It opened in 1814 and had its origins in the Sunday School movement in Ireland. According to Norman McNeilly in Exactly fifty years: the Belfast Education Authority and its work 1923-73. In 1821 Brown Str...

F.J. Bigger Archive

The F.J. Bigger Archive held at Belfast Central Library reflects the interests of F. J. Bigger (1863-1926), and consists of his private library of three thousand volumes, which includes books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets and maps from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. These relate t...

F.J. Bigger Music Collection

The F.J Bigger Music Collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection held at Belfast Central Library. The collection reflects the interests of F.J. Bigger who had a keen interest in Irish history and culture. He was editor of "The Ulster Journal of Archaeology". The Music Collection has material...

Fine Book Room Collection

Belfast Central Library, since its foundation in 1888, has built up an outstanding collection of rare books, manuscripts and archives, which now constitute the Special Collections. The majority of these resources are housed in the Fine Book Room. The collections include landmark examples of printing...

Forrest Reid Collection

Forrest Reid, (1875-1947) was born in Belfast and educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Christ's College, Cambridge. He read medieval and modern languages before returning to Belfast where he lived for the rest of his life. He wrote many novels - as well as "Illustrators of the Sixtie...

Horner Collection

The Horner Collection at Belfast Central Library is representative of Horner's main interest namely textile manufacture. It comprises books and scrap books dealing with textile manufacture through out the world. John Horner (1858-1919) was born in Belfast. He was a member of the Belfast Natural Hist...

Irish Manuscripts Commission Collection

According to the Catalogue of Publications produced by the Irish Manuscripts Commission, the Commission was established in 1928, "to report on collections of manuscripts and papers of literary, historical and general interest relating to Ireland, whether in private or public ownership, and also to a...

Mary Gardiner Archive

The Mary Gardiner Archive consists of historical plays for schools and proof copies of all....

Natural History Collection

The Natural History Collection is a remarkable collection in terms of both quality and quantity. Since the first purchases made by George Hall Elliott, the first City Librarian, the Natural History Collection has been augmented by succeeding librarians through purchase of the most important books pu...

Newspaper Collection

Newspapers represent one of the major primary sources for local research. They often provide the most detailed account of local events, and the most effective reflection of local responses to those events. The library has one of the major collections in Ireland of Irish newspapers including over 100...

Travel Collection

This collection comprises travel literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. It comprises some of the greatest guide books and accounts of exploratory journeys such as James Cook's "A Voyage Towards the South Pole", Sir Hans Sloane's History of Jamaica and Alexander Fisher's "Voyage to Artic Regions"...

Ulster Writers Archive

The Archive of Ulster Writers at Belfast Central Library is made up of manuscripts, typescripts, diaries and some photographic memorabilia. The Archive includes material which is concerned with the following Ulster writers: William Allingham; Andrew Boyd; Frederick Gamble; Mary Gardiner; Frederick H...

Ballymoney Special Collection

The Ballymoney Special Collection is a modest collection of local studies materials on or about Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and Ireland more generally. It has a special emphasis on Irish literature and includes titles by local authors....

George Shiels Collection

The George Shiels Collection consists of the private library of local playwright George Shiels (1881-1949). Shiels was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim. He emigrated to Canada to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway, but was injured in 1913 and disabled for life in an accident. He returned to Nor...

McSkimin Room Collection

The McSkimin Room in Carrickfergus Library contains a local studies collection containing materials on or about the history and development of Carrickfergus and its environs. Named after Samuel McSkimin (1775-1843), author of the definitive history of the town, “The history and antiquities of the ...

Irish & Local Studies Library, Armagh

The Irish & Local Studies Library at Armagh (NI Libraries) comprises books, eighteenth & nineteenth century pamphlets, atlases, directories, postcards, maps, scholarly journals and newspapers. It is a very comprehensive collection with a wide-ranging stock covering all aspects of Irish life ...

Newspaper & Journal Collection

Armgh City Library's Newspaper collection has greatly expanded over the years and includes at least one newspaper from each locality within the Armagh area as well as a selection of national dailies, weeklies and specialist papers. Some of the newspapers go back to the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...

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 coll...

Genealogy and Heraldry Collection, Enniskillen

The Genealogy and Heraldry Collection consists of works on mainly Irish, but also English and Scottish genealogy and heraldry. It comprises books on armorial bearings, heraldry, family crests, order of the garter, peerages and landed gentry. Titles such as "A biographical peerage of Ireland..", 1817...

Nawn Collection, Enniskillen

The Nawn Collection consists of books on Irish studies and Fermanagh local history. Titles in the collection include "The life of William Bedell …" by Gilbert Burnet, 1692; "A view of ancient and modern Dublin, with its improvements to the year 1796 …" by John Ferrar, 1796; Dr Robert Clayton's "...

Local Studies Collection, Ballymena

The Local Studies Collection held at Ballymena Library consists of a broad range of materials on or about the history and development of the towns, villages and communities of the North East, extending over most of County Antrim and part of County Londonderry. The collection aspires to include compr...

Railway History Collection, Enniskillen

The Railway History Collection consists of books, journals and maps on the history and development of railways in Ireland, dating from the mid 1800s to more recent times. Included in the collection is a copy of the Act enabling the Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway Company to make a branch railway...

W.B. Yeats Collection, Enniskillen

The W. B. Yeats Special Collection consists of works by and about this author. The collection consists in the main of poetry, plays and criticisms written by the author himself, there is also a considerable number of critical works. A number of the works such as "Finn and his companions" by Standish...

Omagh Library Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies collection held at Omagh Library is extensive and specialises in the history of Tyrone, its towns and villages from the earliest times. Material is available in a variety of formats - books, journals, microfilm, fiche and maps. The Library has a collection of over 1,000 photographs...

Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies Collection, formerly located in Library Headquarters, Ballynahinch contains books, maps, newspapers and illustrations on the history, topography, industry, transport, literature and culture of County Down and South Antrim, the area served by the former SEELB Library Service. Inform...

Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The Centre supports the Ulster American Folk Park's main activites by providing reference resources for the study of the history of both the United States and Ireland from the 17th and 20th centuries and the link between the two. The Research Library at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies compri...

Carrothers Collection

The Carrothers Collection is composed of a range of botany books, printed in the 19th and 20th centuries and a large collection of bookplates. It is was the personal library of Edward Norman Carrothers, a well known botanist and collector, as such it reflects his primary interests....

Presbyterian Mission Archive

The Presbyterian Mission Archive includes letters, scrapbooks, photographs, audio recordings, postcards, minutes and diaries relating to foreign missions conducted by Irish Presbyterians or the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, in places such as India, Manchuria and Africa, as well as missions deliver...

Rare Books Collection

The Rare Books Collection contains around 8,000 books dating from the sixteenth century to approximately the mid nineteenth century. Covering a broad range of subjects, it is particularly strong in theology, history and literature. The collection is arranged in chronological order and can be searche...

Pamphlets Collection

The Pamphlets Collection includes items published from the seventeenth century onwards. Although the collection covers a wide range of topics, the bulk concerns Protestant theology and matters relating to Ireland. Those published prior to 1900 are mostly bound in approximately 800 volumes, while the...

Kevin Boyle Collection

The Kevin Boyle Collection (archive and library) is a wealth of material in the fields of human rights and law research and scholarship. Focus on the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, the Troubles, international freedom of expression and freedom of religious belief defence reflects Boyle's ...

Government Publications

Various Northern Ireland government publications, including Northern Ireland Parliamentary papers, Northern Ireland Assembly papers, Northern Ireland Departmental publications and Non-Departmental publications (1889-present)

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Cairnes Collection

The library of John Elliott Cairnes (1823-1875), political economist and professor of jurisprudence and political economy at Queen's College, Galway (1859-1870).

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Reference Collection

The Reference Library holds books and periodicals relating to the Chester Beatty Library collections....

Shields Collection

The library of Arthur Shields (1896-1970), Irish stage and film actor....

Delargy Collection

Séamus Ó Duilearga (1899-1980), born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, was a student of Celtic Studies in UCD when a chance meeting in 1921 with Norwegian folklorist Reidar Thorolf Christiansen launched him on what was to become a lifetime of collecting and safeguarding Ireland’s folk heritage. He was ...

Gamble Library Irish Collection

The Gamble Library Irish Collection contains around two thousand items relating to Irish history, with special reference to religious and political history, especially the history of the Presbyterian Church, making it an essential resource for research into Irish Presbyterianism. It also contains th...

Samuel Beckett collection

The Samuel Beckett collection comprises six distinct series and one miscellaneous series of Beckett-related material including manuscripts and typescripts by Beckett, correspondence with Beckett, ephemera, photographs, and publications by and about Beckett:

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McAllister Collection: Church History Pamphlets

This is a collection of pamphlets accumulated by James McAllister, lecturer in Economic History at Queen’s University Belfast 1973-2007. He had a particular interest in local history and is noted for compiling ‘A Belfast chronicle 1789: a compilation from the Belfast Newsletter.’ He collect...

Early Economics Collection

Collection of works of early economic theory and philosophy dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries. A relatively small assemblage of some 234 items, the collection includes a comprehensive range of material by many of the major economists of the period covered, in particular for the late 18...

Early Printed Books (Pre-1701)

Collection of 16th and 17th century books and pamphlets, including facsimilies. An extensive collection of early works, it contains in excess of 3,700 items, including 20 incunabula (i.e. printed before 1500), 267 STC and 1,430 Wing items, relating to a wide range of subject areas reflecting the int...