Support Us

Help us to care for this wonderful Library for future generations!

You can help us by:

  • donating what you can afford to secure the Library’s future
  • volunteering – to help with fundraising, and duties in the Library
  • spreading the word.  We would love to read about your visit on Twitter, Facebook and Trip Advisor!

How to donate

You can donate in a number of ways:

There is a choice of ways in which you could help us.

Making a gift towards the day-to-day costs of running the Library:  Especially with Gift Aid, even small sums add up!  Donations from our friends and visitors are most welcome. Make a one-off online donation with the Paypal button on the right.

Giving towards the ‘Reeves Fund’:  The Reeves Fund is named after the Revd William Reeves, the Library’s greatest-ever Keeper, 1861-1886. It was set up to receive donations of up to £5,000 towards the long-term conservation and development of the Library and its collections. Our plans include much needed additional exhibition space, and a return to the original entrance of 1771.  A total of £300,000 in this and in an associated development fund could unlock a project of £3 million.  Donations are specifically held for this purpose.

Contributing to the Library’s ‘Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Endowments Fund’:  Gifts, typically of £5,000 or more, will be matched £1:£1 up to a total of £1 million by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be invested to produce a long-term income for the Library.  The primary purpose of this new endowment is to provide a salary for a professionally-qualified Keeper, the first in the Library’s history.  A founding donation of £100,000 has been received.  Please help us to meet a target of £250,000 per year by March 2022. This is a gift that will go on giving.

Anyone considering a gift to the Reeves or Endowment Funds is welcome to contact the present Keeper and Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan, for further information.  Please telephone 028 3752 3142 or email dean@armagh.anglican.org

Object donations

The collections at Armagh Robinson Library and No 5 have been built up over nearly two and half centuries. They are very diverse and contain many rare items. The Library is keen to expand and build upon the collections. It welcomes offers of material for its collections, however, the costs of caring for the collections are high, and space is very limited. It is important that we do not duplicate material or objects that fall outside our Collection Development Policy. In view of this, we are not able to accept everything that is offered to us. Instead, we need to know more about the item(s) being offered before we can decide whether or not they are suitable for the collection.

How to donate

  • Contact the Library in writing or by telephone before bringing in your objects – contacting us in advance can help avoid disappointment
  • If possible send a snapshot so that we can see what the objects look like.

It may be that your donation is exactly what we have been looking for as it fits in with our Collection Development Policy, is in good condition and has a full history. In this case it will be accepted into our permanent collections.

We currently actively collect on the following four subjects:

  • Jonathan Swift
  • Saint Patrick
  • Local History (Armagh City and County)
  • Church History

Objects that fall outside these categories may however still be of interest, especially if they complement objects already in the collections.

However, it may be that for a variety of reasons we are unable to accept your offer. Please do not be offended. It may be that we already have a similar example in the collection. It may be that your object is of a subject type that we do not collect (but another museum or library might), or is in a poor condition. Our staff will be able to advise you in this case.

Hopefully your object is just what we are looking for. Your object will be carefully stored, and will be available for research, study and education purposes.

Please do note, however, that:

  • The Library does not normally accept material on long-term loan.
  • Material is not accepted with specific conditions attached.