Title Description

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

Rare book collection

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

Lough Hyne Collection

The Lough Hyne/Ine Collection is made up of documents arising from the scientific expeditions carried out at Lough Ine marine lake, Cork from the 1940s until the 1980s.

These expeditions were carried out by teams of British scientists and students led by Professor Jack Kitching and Profes...

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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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...

Papers of J.L.E. Dreyer

The Dreyer papers reflect the lifetime interests of Dr J.L.E. Dreyer. He was Director of the Armagh Observatory from 1882 until 1916. The papers consist of letters and manuscripts of his major publications - The New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars (NGC), his biography of Tycho Bra...

Andrade Collection

Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971) was Professor of Physics at Woolwich and London University. He was interested in the history of seventeenth century science, particularly in the history of Isaac Newton and Richard Hooke and edited the tercentenary collection of Newton’s letters. Aside f...

Anna Redlich Archive

The Anna Redlich Archive consists of a typescript of her work, "The Dogs of Ireland" (published by Dundalgan Press in 1949)....

Antiquarian Map Collection

The library has a fine collection of early Irish maps dating from the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century. The increasing sophistication of printing processes as harnessed for the production of maps from the 16th century through to the late 19th century, can be traced in the range of m...

Archaeology Collection

The Archaeology Collection at Belfast Central Library is part of the F.J. Bigger Collection. It reflects the interests of F.J. Bigger particularly relating to his role as editor of "The Ulster Journal of Archaeology". The collections consists of manuscripts, proof sheets, photographs and sketches re...

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...

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....

Reference Collection

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