Belfast Central Library

Belfast Central Library

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From the 19 February, for a two-week period the disabled access lift will not be available due to essential maintenance. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this causes.


Belfast Central Library 135th year Anniversary Programme

 

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Events

Event Name Event Details Start Date & Time End Date & Time Booking
Classical Music Club  
First Wednesday of every month from 11:00am to 12:00pm. 

Light refreshments will be available.
01/11/2023 11:00 AM 05/06/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Go On - Newspaper Library One to One Sessions  
Find out about our extensive collection in the Newspaper Library and how to use it.
 
Booking essential.
t:  028 9050 9150
02/11/2023 09:30 AM 14/06/2024 04:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Storytime - Alternate Saturdays  
Alternate Saturdays.
 
 
Please contact the library to book; Booking Essential.
11/11/2023 02:00 PM 15/06/2024 03:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Rhythm and Rhyme  
Every Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am – 11:30am.
 
Booking advised.
 
Rhythm and Rhyme sessions introduce parents and children aged 0 - 4 years to the wonder of rhymes, songs and stories.
 
Each session offers an entertaining opportunity for children to engage with others, provides a good foundation to develop their reading, listening and language skills and of course to have lots of fun
15/11/2023 11:00 AM 14/06/2024 11:30 AM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Mindful Colouring  
Every Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm.

Everyone welcome.

Mindful Colouring groups are for anyone who wants to explore the world of adult colouring with intricate colouring patterns and designs. They can enhance well-being, help calm the mind and relieve stress through relaxed, meditative colouring in.
16/11/2023 10:30 AM 13/06/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Belfast Central Library Tour  
Join us for a tour of one of Belfasts most iconic buildings. Find out the history (and the secrets!) of Northern Irelands oldest public library.

Booking not required.
17/11/2023 10:30 AM 14/06/2024 11:30 AM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Puzzles Around The Pillars  
Every Friday morning on the 1st Floor

Everyone welcome

Keep your mind active - relax with crosswords, sudokus and word searches in good company whilst enjoying complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
17/11/2023 11:00 AM 14/06/2024 01:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Lego Club  
Alternate Saturdays of the month from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Booking advised.

Come along to have Lego building fun.
Fun and creative ideas for things to make and build Lego.

Lego ages- 6-10
Dupio ages- 4-6

 
18/11/2023 02:00 PM 15/06/2024 03:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Belfast Central Seed Library  
Monday - Saturday, free admission. During normal opening hours.
All age groups welcome, although the supervision of children is recommended due to the small seeds contained in the packets.

The Belfast Central Seed Library is situated beside the counter in our 1st floor reading room. 

 
It is very easy to take part:
- Simply take a packet or 2 of seeds from our seed catalogue drawers. We have a large selection of flower, plants, herb and vegetable seeds to choose from.
- And before you leave don’t forget to also check our A - Z of gardening related book subjects listed in the catalogue drawer. You might just find a book to help you with your planting!
- Then take your seed packets home, plant them and enjoy watching them grow and don’t forget to let us know how you get on.
- Finally, if you know of anyone else who would interested in our Seed Library please let them know about it. The more budding gardeners we can get the better as it will help our Seed Library continue to grow!

For more information contact Leslie Anderson on:
t: 028 9050 9150
e: Information.belfast@librariesni.org.uk

 
20/11/2023 09:00 AM 15/06/2024 05:30 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Belfast Central Seed Library  
The Belfast Central Seed Library is situated beside the counter in our 1st floor reading room. 

It is very easy to take part:
Simply take a packet or 2 of seeds from our seed catalogue drawers. We have a large selection of flower, plants, herb and vegetable seeds to choose from.
And before you leave don’t forget to also check our A - Z of gardening related book subjects listed in the catalogue drawer. You might just find a book to help you with your planting!

Then take your seed packets home, plant them and enjoy watching them grow and don’t forget to let us know how you get on.
Finally, if you know of anyone else who would interested in our Seed Library please let them know about it. The more budding gardeners we can get the better as it will help our Seed Library continue to grow!
 
Available during library opening hours.
20/11/2023 09:00 AM 15/06/2024 05:30 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Tea and Newspapers  
Every Monday from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Everyone welcome.

Tea and Newspapers groups give adults the opportunity to meet new people, socialise and discuss local and national affairs in the newspapers while enjoying complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
20/11/2023 10:00 AM 10/06/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Knit and Natter  
Every Tuesday from 10:30am - 11:30am.

Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter groups are for adults who enjoy knitting, crochet, cross stitch and other crafts. They are free of charge to attend and participants have the opportunity to share hints and tips, swap patterns, meet new people and learn new skills. Members can bring along a project they are already working on or can start something new.
21/11/2023 10:30 AM 11/06/2024 11:30 AM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Chess Club  
Every Tuesday morning on the 1st Floor

Everyone welcome

The Chess Club is for anyone who wishes to participate in a chess game. It is an opportunity to meet new people, discuss tactics and strategies and browse/borrow our chess books whilst enjoying complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits.
Chess sets available.
 
21/11/2023 11:00 AM 11/06/2024 01:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
A Brew And A Browse  
Every Wednesday morning on the 1st Floor

Everyone welcome.

Enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits whilst you browse specially selected items on various topics from our extensive book and periodical stock.
22/11/2023 11:00 AM 15/05/2024 01:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Shared Reading Group  
Come along and enjoy listening to literature being read aloud in real time and be part of a shared reading group discussion. 
 
You will enjoy listening to a great story or poem, with no pressure to talk or read. 
 
Refreshments provided.
22/11/2023 02:30 PM 12/06/2024 03:30 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Rhythm and Rhyme  
Afternoon session every Wednesday 2:30pm – 3:00pm.
 
Booking advised.
 
Rhythm and Rhyme sessions introduce parents and children aged 0 - 4 years to the wonder of rhymes, songs and stories. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Each session offers an entertaining opportunity for children to engage with others, provides a good foundation to develop their reading, listening and language skills and of course to have lots of fun.
22/11/2023 02:30 PM 12/06/2024 03:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Belfast Central Library Tours  
Join us for a tour of one of Belfasts most iconic buildings. Find out the history (and the secrets!) of Northern Irelands oldest public library.

Every Friday at 10:30am.
No booking required.
24/11/2023 10:30 AM 14/06/2024 11:30 AM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Lunchtime Adult Reading Group  
Lunchtime Reading Group; Last Friday of the Month.
 
Starts – Friday 26th August 2022 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm 
 
Chat about popular titles from a wide range of genres in a relaxed and informal setting. 

Free tea and coffee will be provided – feel free to bring a packed lunch. 
 
Please contact Belfast Central Library for more information and to pick up a copy of this month’s book.
24/11/2023 12:30 PM 31/05/2024 01:30 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Writing Group for adults  
Last Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Are you a budding writer or poet? Come along to our new group and meet like-minded people and share ideas. Whether it is your first attempt or you are a seasoned writer you will be prompted by new ideas each week. Use this time out to take a well-deserved break from your day; to escape and relax the mind.

Contact:
Sian Cairns
t: 028 9050 9150
e: 
Belfast.central@librariesni.org.uk
29/11/2023 02:00 PM 29/05/2024 03:30 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Online Reading Group  
Join us for a new monthly Online Reading Group from the comfort of your own home.
A book is selected each month which participants from across Belfast are invited to discuss. 
Online Reading Group will meet on Zoom each month to discuss the book. 
Launching Monday 29 January 2024 and delivered via Zoom. 
 
Registration required - please contact Aisling 
e: aisling.press@librariesni.org.uk

 
29/01/2024 03:00 PM 10/06/2024 04:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Hope Exhibition  
Join us for the launch of the Hope Exhibition on Thursday 8 February from 11:00am.
 
Exhibition runs throughout February during library opening hours.
 
Everyone welcome.
08/02/2024 11:00 AM 29/02/2024 05:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Universal Credit Stand  
Call in for help and advice with Universal Credit, CV and interview skills and job search.

Booking not required.
28/02/2024 09:30 AM 28/02/2024 03:30 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Go On - 1-2-1 eClinic  
1-2-1 eClinic - IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services. 
 
t: 028 9050 9150
29/02/2024 09:30 AM 29/02/2024 11:30 AM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Go On - 1-2-1 eClinic  
1-2-1 eClinic - IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.

t: 028 9050 9150
06/03/2024 10:00 AM 06/03/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Go On - 1-2-1 eClinic  
1-2-1 eClinic - IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.

t: 028 9050 9150
13/03/2024 10:00 AM 13/03/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Go On - 1-2-1 eClinic  
1-2-1 eClinic - IT help for beginners: help with your mobile device, general IT assistance, information about library e-services.
 
Booking advisable.
t: 028 9050 9150
20/03/2024 10:00 AM 20/03/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.
Go On - Family History  
Family History - Irish 1901 and 1911 Census for Beginners Learn how to use the 1901/1911 census of Ireland for your family history research, as well as tips and tricks for how to search when you can’t find someone on the census.  
Booking essential.   

t: 028 9050 9150
27/03/2024 10:00 AM 27/03/2024 12:00 PM See event details to check if booking is essential (phone/email). Otherwise, if the event is not virtual (via Zoom) then simply call into the library at the time of the event.