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Libraries to open their doors for European Heritage Open Days September 2017

European Heritage Open Days 2017 

Libraries NI is one of several organisations to open their doors and host a programme of free events as part of the celebrations of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) early in September. 

This year’s theme for the events is ‘Heritage and Nature: A landscape of possibilities’ and the events being held in public libraries will demonstrate how libraries open up a world of possibilities for customers of all ages through their vast range of books, services, regular activities and events. 

Belfast Central Library, Enniskillen Library, Falls Road Library (Belfast), Derry Central Library and Waterside Library will all host free events, which include library tours, talks, displays and Storytelling sessions.


Library and address



Belfast Central Library

Royal Avenue



BT1 1EA​​


t: 028 9050 9150


A fine example of a Victorian public

building with a portico entrance.

The highlight of the interior is a domed

first floor reading room with delicate

plasterwork detail. The top floor features two galleries with glass vaulting and fine plasterwork.


Library tours

Saturday 9 September

10:30am - 11:30am

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Enniskillen Library

Halls Lane



BT74 7DR


t: 028 6632 2886


While the architecture of Enniskillen Library suggests a service firmly based in modern times, the building also houses the main Heritage collection for County Fermanagh. The Heritage Collection consists of books on Irish and Local Studies and provides specialist services and facilities in the form of historic newspapers dating from 1738 to the present, journals, maps, photographs and other reference material.


Library tours

Friday 8 September

10:30am - 11:30am

2:30pm - 3:30pm


Falls Road Library

49 Falls Road



BT12 4PD


t: 028 9050 9212


The second Carnegie library gifted by Andrew Carnegie to Belfast City Corporation in 1908, as a place of public learning, designed by architects Graeme-Watt and Tullock. This building exhibits the classical style of the English Renaissance with an ornate façade including work by famed sculptor Sophia Rosamond Praeger. Recently refurbished, it is the last Carnegie library in Belfast.


Library tour

Saturday 9 September



Derry Central Library

35 Foyle Street 



BT48 6AL


t: 028 7122 9990


In addition to the normal library services, this large city library houses the main Heritage collection for County Londonderry including the Bigger and McDonald photograph archive. These photographs, drawn from the Derry Standard newspaper between 1927 and 1947, provide a remarkably detailed account of life in the north west before the outbreak of World War Two.


Glimpses of the Past from the Bigger and McDonald Collection: the River Foyle

8 - 23 September


Waterside Library

The Workhouse

23 Glendermott Road



BT47 6BG


t: 028 7134 2963


The Workhouse Museum and Waterside Library are built on the site of the original Derry Workhouse. Opened in 1840, the Workhouse closed in 1948 but was used as a hospital until 1991. Local historians managed to save some of the original Workhouse building from demolition where the Waterside Library is now housed. The building is of great historical interest and boasts a number of ghostly residents!

The Changing Face of the Waterside:

an evening of historical facts and reminiscence

Take a look back through the library archives and explore how the area has changed.

Wednesday 6 September



Stories Beneath our Feet by Liz Weir  

Storyteller Liz Weir will celebrate our local heritage by telling traditional stories with a strong sense of place. Her stories will take us on journeys from castles to fairy forts and from loughs to ancient sites.

Saturday 9 September

11:00am – 11:45am



Admission to all the library events is free and everyone is welcome!

For further details, ask in a local library, go to the Libraries NI website 

EHOD is Northern Ireland's version of the European celebration of cultural heritage initiative which is organised by the Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities.

There is a programme of events suitable for the whole family with 340 free events being held in venues over the EHOD weekend. You can check out the full programme of events at