Cultural Heritage Service Library, Armagh

Cultural Heritage Service Library, Armagh

The Cultural Heritage Service Library, Armagh, formerly The Irish and Local Studies Library located on Abbey Street, has now been relocated to 1 Markethill Road in Libraries NI’s Armagh Regional Administration Centre.

The newly refurbished premises offer Cultural Heritage Services on a single floor comprising of:
• a reading room
• dedicated microfilm room to consult newspapers
• space to house the entire collection under one roof
• over 70,000 volumes, with some extremely rare items dating back to the 17th Century.

The resources available in the library document all aspects of Irish life and learning from earliest times to present day, with particular emphasis on the local area: County Armagh, South Down, South and East Tyrone and bordering counties in the Republic. Topics covered include religion, politics, sports and the arts.

Highlights in the collection include large sections on literature (in English and Irish), history, politics and travel.

Journal, Directory and Newspaper Collections
A vast selection of journals, runs of local and specialist directories and a wide range of local, regional and Irish national press newspapers, as well as some specialist papers, are all also available to view within the library. The majority of these newspapers are held on microfilm which can be consulted on four readers allowing customers to either print or save digital copies of the pages.

Map and Postcard Collections
The map collections include 19th and 20th Century Ordnance Survey maps of Counties Armagh, Tyrone and Down as well as detailed street maps of towns and villages and some estate maps. As well as scenic views of the past, an extensive postcard collection includes graphic interpretations of topical figures and controversial issues such as the anti-Home Rule campaign.

If you are interested in finding out more about the collections within the library, call in during opening hours, or contact us
t: 028 3752 7851 or m: 07512 308726