The Linen Hall Library is over 200 years old. It is the oldest library in the city. Originally founded in the White Linen Hall in 1788, it moved in to its new buildings in the 19th century. The new structure was the product of prolific architect, Charles Lanyon, in 1864. He had also designed Belfast Castle. The grey building of the Linen Hall Library may not stir the heart and ensnare the eye, but its contents are truly special.
The Linen Hall Library is home to some 260,000 books. Among this wealth of knowledge, you can find some 80,000 political tomes on the Irish Troubles. These are the cherished works gathered and accumulated by, originally, Belfast radicals. This definitive collection is sought after by many a learned scholar from across the world. After they have looked at the books, they can visit the small café. As you enter the building, be sure to look up. Above your head at the street entryway, you can see the Right Hand of Ulster.
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