Rating: 7,5/10 ( votes)The Linen Hall Library can rightfully be considered the oldest library in Northern Ireland, since Belfast's book collections began to be systematically collected in the middle of the 18th century, and since that time the library continues to be the largest knowledge collection in the city, and one of the largest in the UK. The current building was built in the 20th century and is a strict version of the Art Nouveau architectural style, the only detail that differs from the general plan of the building is the entrance - it is made in the style of the triumphal arches of the 19th century. Since its inception, the library has positioned itself not only as a fund of the city's books, but also as an educational center, as well as a free reading room for city residents. Even for conservative Britain, it is an exceptional example of a tradition in serving readers that has been preserved since the 19th century. Of modern technology, there is only a computerized catalog here, everything else looks like it did a century and a half ago. The library can also be classified as a Belfast museum, as it contains several thousand priceless books and manuscripts of Irish and English literature. A number of books date back to the 18th century, but there are indeed museum pieces dating from earlier years. There are many historical documents among the books, including the annals of Irish and British history.
Topic: Linen Hall Library, Belfast Resort UK.