Celebrating an Icon – Belfast Central Library’s 135 years of Service
Published 05 Oct 2023
One of Belfast’s most well-known public buildings, Belfast Central Library in Royal Avenue will celebrate its 135th anniversary on 13 October 2023.
The library, which is uniquely connected to the city and people of Belfast, has been used by many over the years and the iconic façade is instantly recognisable. After the people of Belfast agreed to raise the necessary funding for the building and running of a free library, the Grade A listed building was opened officially on the 13 October 1888, the same day as city status was granted to Belfast.
The library is one of the few remaining historic buildings in Belfast still used for its original purpose and it continues to be a cornerstone of the city landscape, welcoming thousands of people through the doors each year to use the facilities, whether it is to nurture their love of reading, satisfy their desire for information and research or as an ideal refuge from the busy shopping streets of the city to meet with friends or to turn the pages of a good book.
Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive said:
“Libraries NI is proud to celebrate 135 years of Belfast Central Library providing valuable services to people across the city. The library holds a special place in the hearts of many locals, and we are delighted to have reached another major milestone.
“To mark the occasion, the library will host a free celebratory programme of events and I would encourage everyone to come along and see why this iconic building will firmly remain part of Belfast’s future for many years to come.
Events include a behind the scenes tour with a peek at some hidden treasures, a members fair and an evening of ghost stories! For more information click here or telephone Belfast Central on 028 9050 9150
135th Anniversary Booklet