Armagh Robinson Library

When you push open the great Georgian door of the Library and climb the stairs, you will step back into the eighteenth Century!

Archbishop Robinson founded this Library in the heart of the City of Armagh in 1771. His aim was to share his own collection of books and fine art with the general public.

Light from elegant windows lights up this classical library, lined from floor to ceiling with rare and beautiful books. The largest books are shelved on the lowest shelves, the smallest at the top. There are around 42,000 printed works, on subjects such as medicine, science, history, law, politics, theology and travel, as well as maps and atlases.

On display are many of the Library’s many treasures, such as Medieval manuscripts, incunabula (books printed before 1501), Jonathan Swift’s own copy of Gulliver’s Travels containing notes in his own handwriting, and Archbishop Beresford’s archaeological collection.

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