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Although it was closed- Part of Belfasts Victorian past

This library was designed by W.H. Lynn in 1883 as part of a competition which he won. the building... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2018
Vincent D
Extraordinary staff

I wanted to go to the library while visiting Belfast, and I'm so glad that I did. The building... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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20 Mar 2018
“Although it was closed- Part of Belfasts Victorian past”
24 Nov 2017
“Interesting to visit.”
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Central Library Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EA, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9024 3233
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

This library was designed by W.H. Lynn in 1883 as part of a competition which he won. the building was completed in 1888- inspired by Louis XVI style with horizontally rusticated ground floor, Corinthian Piano Nobile and garlanded attic. I regret that i was not...More

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Great building and great library. The staff is very nice and ready to help with all your needs. The library itself is very busy. Nice, interesting and quick visit.

1  Thank Mark D
Reviewed 12 September 2017

I wanted to go to the library while visiting Belfast, and I'm so glad that I did. The building itself is beautiful and well worth a quick visit, but what I will really remember is the staff. They were so helpful and dealt with my...More

1  Thank Erin188569
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

This is a busy, well used library. It must have been stunning in the past and there are still some beautiful features. There is a very friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Thank 2020vision
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Many years ago I researched my dissertation using the Street Directory records deposited in the library. I didn't have the chance to properly look around but I paid a quick return visit to admire the interior and exterior of the building. I would recommend visitors...More

1  Thank Alan R
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Passed by there and wondered how it would be in the inside. Stayed for 3 hours. Wonderful building in the Centre of town and great place to loose yourself in a good book.

1  Thank blommie45
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Great old library which is very under used in this digital age. They have a free newspaper library which has been an excellent source of research for me for many years

Thank Scalph
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Staff great . Very helpful. Great tea and sandwiches at a reasonable price. Amazed at the amount of knowledge that can be seen in beautiful surroundings.

Thank desmondregan
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I was in the library on Monday and saw filming of a tv drama. What a fantastic location for a drama. Anyway I was actually interested in the display of live in the 1930's post depression. A very well laid out exhibit-worth checking out!!

Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
Reviewed 1 September 2016

All in all the fine Architectural building is a must explore - local & Irish newspaper collection to be seen and a lot more.More

1  Thank Anna N
LibrariesNI, Manager at Belfast Central Library, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

Thank You. I am glad to hear you appreciated the architecture and our valued collections; our newspaper library is a particular treasure, being home to the largest archive of papers in Northern Ireland with some dating back to the 18th century. Regards Sheena Gamble Area...More

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