BE INSPIRED!

The Library is open for visitors, Monday - Friday 10.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.00.

We look forward to offering you a warm welcome!

Please make sure to check our events calendar for any exceptional closures before you make your trip!

There is something to inspire all the family in both the Library & No 5, such as treasure hunts, interactive touchscreens, our displays and a 3-D model of early 19th century Armagh.

In the beautiful Georgian building on 5 Vicar's Hill we have many treasures on display, including coins, gems, prints, and early Christian artefacts.

No 5 is open by prior appointment via email only.

Groups are very welcome to book a tour to both the Library and No 5.

Please check our group tours page for more information.

Our collections are available for researchers: contact the office to book a research slot, so we can have the material ready for you!

EXHIBITIONS


Image credit: Ian Maginess

Armagh Robinson Library and No 5 hold regular temporary exhibitions, displaying many wonderful examples from our collections.

Have a look at some examples on our collections page , or visit our online exhibitions.

HAVE A LOOK AROUND


For a close up look, go to our virtual tours page!

THE COLLECTIONS


SUPPORT US


Help us to continue developing, conserving, protecting and sharing our collections. Our support page explains the different ways you can help us.

One of the ways to support is by making a donation, or by adopting a book or a shelf through our Adopt-a-Book scheme.

The buttons below will take you straight to a donation form.

We are very grateful for all the support!

LATEST NEWS


EVENTS


CLOSURES


AWARDS & ACCREDITATIONS


TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

  • star rating  We visited this wonderful library and had the amazing benefit of the very dedicated assistant keeper, carol, to guide us and point out some of the highlights. This made vis

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    September 15, 2021
  • star rating  We visited this wonderful library and had the amazing benefit of the very dedicated assistant keeper, carol, to guide us and point out some of the highlights. This made visit... read more

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    September 15, 2021
  • star rating  Just amazing. Completely fascinating, totally absorbing. Carol looked after us so well, and we spent a wonderful couple of hours browsing through Rubens sketches. looking up our hometown... read more

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    September 14, 2021
  • star rating  Just amazing. Completely fascinating, totally absorbing. Carol looked after us so well, and we spent a wonderful couple of hours browsing through Rubens sketches. looking up our hometown... read more

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    September 14, 2021
  • star rating  Our visit to the Library and No.5 truly exceeded our expectations. We were warmly received, expertly guided and left feeling like we had had the full VIP experience. Thanks to... read more

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    July 2, 2021
  • star rating  Our visit to the Library and No.5 truly exceeded our expectations. We were warmly received, expertly guided and left feeling like we had had the full VIP experience. Thanks to... read more

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    July 2, 2021
  • star rating  Our visit to the Library and No.5 truly exceeded our expectations. We were warmly received, expertly guided and left feeling like we had had the full VIP experience. Thanks to... read more

    Tara C
    July 2, 2021
  • star rating  Amazing library, with history over a centuries old, beautiful staff that go far and beyond to assist you with your Ancestory.

    medusa60
    August 14, 2019
  • star rating  Amazing library, with history over a centuries old, beautiful staff that go far and beyond to assist you with your Ancestory.

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    August 14, 2019
  • star rating  We missed out on seeing Trinity College's library but this place totally made up for it! Free of charge, you just ring the doorbell and they will let you... read more

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    August 11, 2019

Reviews Library

  • Everyone who goes to Ireland knows about the Long Room at Trinity College, far fewer have heard about this library. It has books which are older than those held by Trinity and significant and special publications, amongst which are a first edition Gulliver's Travels and an early edition of Handel's 'Messiah'. The Library has thematic exhibitions, when we visited it was displaying books on mathematics, Isaac Newton's 'Principia Mathematica' etc, and some collections of items other than books, flints, Bronze Age weapons, etc. This is a working library, if you have an issue to research, especially of a genealogical nature, they may be able to help. Do your research first so you know what questions to ask when you walk in the door. The building by itself is beautiful, the librarian was enthusiastic and helpful. Entry is free but please leave a donation to help keep this place going. While you are in the area, check out 5 Vicars Hill and the Cathedral. Allow a couple of hours.

  • * Wonderful.

    * Beautifully presented.

    * A very informative visit as part of Brian Boru celebrations.

    * Amazing books and very kind and friendly staff.

    * Wonderful experience of a lifetime. Thank you, thank you.

    * Terrific content.

    * Marvellous help with the Book of Armagh and the parish of Ballymoyer.

    * Wow, such tomes. A pleasure to view Gulliver's Travels!

    * An inspiring place...

    * It was very interesting and enjoyable.

  • Holding a fascinating collection of manuscripts, incunabula, and printed works, the more interesting works are displayed very well. Don't be intimidated - just walk right in, have a look around, and ask any questions you might have of the well informed staff, who are happy to chat to you.

    The library holds a large number of manuscripts and various other items, many of which are on display. Take your time, have a good look around, and you will find something of interest.

    For researchers: if you specialise in mss, illustrations, etc., or have a particular interest and can't see what you're looking for in the catalogue, then do ask the staff - they are very knowledgeable.

     

  • * Very well restored and presented

    * Very interesting coin collection.

    * Terrific, gets better each year!

    * Lovely, such a wonderful museum!

    * Fantastic design, very interesting.

    * Beautiful and pleasant.

    * Fab space.

    * Great place to visit.

    * Magnific!

    * Merci, c'est magnifique!

    * Fabulous.

  • Wonderful.

    Beautiful place.

    Really interesting, a real treasure in a city of surprises.

    Excellent, great to see.

    Very helpful staff.

    Fond memories.

  • * What a mine of information! & Given by a lovely person.

    * Very interesting - and very friendly and helpful staff.

    * Very nice and welcoming place! Thanks for welcoming us!

    * Absolutely fascinating. Many of us will return for a future look.

    * This is probably the best library in Ireland. It is wonderful.

    * Beautiful building and interesting history.

    * Wonderful tour!

    * Excellent, needs another visit.

    * A great space, great resource, excellent staff. Well worth visit.

  • A very enjoyable & informative afternoon. Thank you to the Library staff for their helpfulness.
    What a wonderful treasure.
    Wonderful resource.
    Beautiful and very well cared for!
    Splendid!
    Wonderful- a learning experience.
    Superb collection of historical works.
    Exquisite!
    Magical.
    Stunning.
    Marvellous!.
    Atmospheric and fascinating.
    Very thought provoking!.
    One of the most beautiful libraries I have ever seen.

  • This is a research library, not a lending library. You have to ring the bell to be admitted and the hours open are somewhat limited. The building itself is interesting and there are some very beautiful old books in display cases, such as Jonathan Swift. Well worth a few minutes if you are a book-lover.

  • Ring the bell at the street door to gain access to this library - stairs will take you up - there is a chair lift attached to the stairs if required - the staff were most helpful in my quest for ancestry information - but there are plenty of very old books to peruse or interesting cabinet displays to browse.

  • It is very impressive to see Swift's first edition!

    Fantastic room!

    Impressive.

    Unique.

    Nostalgic.

    Wonderful atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff.

    A delight to visit.

    Wooooow!

    Die Bibliothek ist sehr eindrucksvoll (The Library is very impressive).

    Superb, nice.

     

  • The library really is a place everyone should visit. The staff are friendly and willing to help. It's a haven of knowledge and full of old maps and books.

  • * Very much appreciated the building AND the helpful staff.

    * Beautiful and the staff are lovely.

    * Very informative, very enjoyable.

    * Thank you so much for the explanations the true Irish welcome!

    * A veritable gem!

    * Staff very helpful. A beautiful library, enjoyed coming here very much.

    * We are so grateful that friends pointed out this wonderful library to us!

    * Lovely venue for a concert." [Culture Night]

    * Great events at Culture Night- special place.

    * Thanks for all the informative help! A wonderful place!

     

  • They have a good collection of really ancient books, including the Gullivers Travels. Very friendly librarians too.

     

  • Was in here not so long ago with my dad looking at all the books. Each and every book had something magic about it from original William Shakespeare's books to first editions of Gulliver's Travels and that's only to name a few. A magic place with great staff and tons of great and fascinating books.

  • Most interesting, enjoyable visit - will tell others about it.

    Incredibily interesting.

    Beautiful! Such a lovely resource!

    What a treat! Timeless elegance!

    Very warm welcome! I could spend hours admiring these old books...

    A truly heart warming place... it does one good to be here.. Thank you so much!

    Outstanding collections in one space, we loced it, thanks.

    Gorgeous! And thanks for putting the books out of us!

    Wonderful to see such old books.

    A beautiful and restful place.

  • Fascinating, thank you.
    Most interesting.
    Beautiful!!
    Lovely staff.
    Everything excellent.
    Lovely building.
    I am in awe.
    Amazing collection.
    Breathtaking.
    Most impressive.
    Thank you for display of manuscripts!
    Beautiful smell of books.

  • * We cherished being here.
    * Spectacular experience!
    * As a retired Fr BG and lover of Irish History, my deep compliments for 'guarding' the 70th flag so well!
    * Quite outstanding, what history.
    * Lovely as ever.
    * The library is an absolute gem.
    * A wonderful part of our heritage.
    * Powerful.
    * I like this a lot.
    * Have often wanted a peek inside, and am not disappointed.
    * Inspirational.
    * Excellent. Very helpful and friendly staff!

  • As other reviewers have rightly said, friendly and helpful staff, a building worth visiting (even if it was empty ) and a terrific collection of world class books and manuscripts which we were allowed to peruse wearing gloves. What a privilege to see a Gulliver's Travels hand annotated and corrected by Swift and handle (!) an early edition of the Messiah whose print was so clear and legible an organist could play from it now. There is excellent provision for children's activities too so not at all stuffy despite all the treasures it holds. An amazing resource for Armagh .

     

  • Located opposite the Cathedral Some interesting items are kept in the Library. Ask and the staff will show you. Worth a visit.

     

  • The oldest library! So many fantastic books, and the librarian is the most knowledgeable lady ever! I even had the privilege to hold in my hands the actual drawings of the architect who had designed it! Everyone should visit this place!

  • It was absolutely amazing to visit this library! The librarian was very helpful and nice. She brought me the book with one of Handel's manuscripts for "The Messiah" and also pointed and explained about Jonathan Swift's The Gulliver Travels's first edition!

  • * Superb.

    * Breathtaking, wonderful to see such a collection!

    * What a beautiful library! Kids loved it too!

    * My husband is today 60: this is a nice present!

    * Well worth the walk up the hill, fascinating.

    * Thank you so much for organising our visit. Love it.

    * Fascinating range of material. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

    * A great task to keep this library functioning. Thank you.

    * Enjoyed doing the quiz.

    * Interesting and informative. Enjoyable quiz for children.

  • Visited this library while on a short break in Armagh. Had our 9 year old daughter with us and we were initially a little concerned as we rang the bell that it was not the place to bring her! The lady inside was so welcoming and helpful. There were 2 treasure hunt trails for her to complete while we explored the library. Glad we visited.

  • * Great treasure hunt!

    * Beautiful library and really interesting, thank you!

    * Wonderful find, truly brilliant that the wonderful collection can be enjoyed by all.

    * Thank you for letting me see the beautiful books.

    * Having a marvellous experience to visit this place after a beautiful sung Even Prayer in the Cathedral.

    * Thanks for your impressive hospitality.

    * A real gem of a public library! The wonderful maps, books and manuscripts in the library are inspiring & exciting. We will be sure to visit again!

    * A beautiful library with very helpful and accommodating staff.

    * A treasure. Extremely welcoming  and a fascinating visit.

    * A precious gift to be held cherished, revered and used.

     

  • This is like walking into a time capsule. It's a beautiful room full of ancient books. A high gallery, protected by lovely railings surrounds it. We were looking for ancestors and the librarian was extremely welcoming and helpful.

     

  • The Armstrong [Primary School] will continue to promote this great opportunity to showcase the wonderful history that Armagh has to offer and part of that is very much the way you all engage with the children.  Over these last few years, the children will regularly mention the Morning on the Hill as their favourite trip and activity in P5 so it definitely makes a lasting impression.

     

  • * Very interesting! For the first time I was actually allowed (wearing white gloves) to have a look inside the tomes I always see in libraries in stately homes

    * Wonderful explanations about this library and the story of Armagh. Thank you so much!

    * Amazing, staff are so friendly and Helpful. My husband is drooling, will have to drag him out.

    * Thank you so much for keeping the library open to public.

  • Wonderful and very helpful, thank you.

    Absolutely magical.

    Just a magical space.

    Wonderful display of history.

    Amazing, einfach wunderschön!

    Great to see old church writings.

    Overcome!

    Nicely kept building, magnificent.

    Very atmospheric.

    Magnifique bibliotheque et accueil chaleureux (magnificent library and warm welcome).

  • Through the authentically thickened doors, on top of one of the oldest hills, lies the most marvellous library which has graced Ireland - in my opinion. Whether it is a visit from international tourists or a humble dander from a native, the familiar gasp of wonder greets the library will always invite the knowing smiles of people of all walks of life in the familiar position of exploring, researching any topic of particular interest imagined or just checking of landmark. Whatever the reason, it will always be worth a visit.

  • Called in today on a whim while visiting a friend from Armagh and was greeted with the warmest of welcomes. This library is wonderful with so many secrets just waiting to be discovered. I could have spent all day here.

  • Make sure you visit this library. While other historical libraries will only let you look at the books from a safe distance, the staff at the Armagh library will let you look through any of the books (with protective gloves of course!) The staff is extremely welcoming and will stay out of the way while you browse, but if you have a question they'll be more than happy to answer. The smell of old books is incredibly comforting and you're free to stay and stare for as long as you like. While I was here they also had a display on paper marbling which was very interesting. Overall, if you appreciate books and/or history at all you absolutely have to stop here.

     

  • Thank you for a great tour!

    Lovely!

    Helpful and most interesting.

    Fascinating.

    So wonderful, thanks!

    Here's to the next few hundred years, terrific, thank you.

    A remarkable and lovely library.

    A very useful and helpful visit. I learned a lot! Thanks!

    Brilliant.

    Mighty.

  • * So many lovely books.

    * Very informative morning about Brian Boru.

    * Thanks for your very generous help.

    * Breathtaking.

    * A wonderful, authentic and interesting library!

    * I could get lost here.

    * Thanks for your help!

    * Such awesome smell !

    * Homely :-)

    * Lovely Place.

  • We visited here with an American tour group and got a personalized introduction from the librarians. The groups was very impressed with the facility and the enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff. I believe the admission is pretty modest and they will help you find things that may be if interest. They had an atlas of North America from 1790 open for us and let us look through it (with gloves on of course). Nice stop if you are in town.

  • Must visit location for anyone visiting Armagh. We visited St Patrick's Cathedral, No5 Vicars' Hill and the Library. Each was excellent in terms of the information provided, the spectacle and contents but above all - the warmth of the people who welcomed us and explained the significance and history of each of these locations.

    Everything is within 50 meters of each other as is No.4 The Hill where one can have a meal or a cup of coffee in a historic but still creatively modern set up. Test your eyes for the factors which makes it unique every so often you spot something else.... oh look!

  • Great welcome, and wonderful books!

    Fantastic, thank you for your help.

    Very helpful and informative.

    What an absolute gem. Staff was delightful and so helpful.

    Wonderful collection in a beautiful building!

    How wonderful that the collection and building have been maintained.

    A fabulous and interesting place - to stimulate thoughts.

    A most fascinating collection. We were all made so welcome. Thank you.

    Wonderful experience, the best room we have visited!

    A great collection. I felt very privileged to visit this library.

     

  • What a treasure you have here!

    A beautifully displayed library of amazing range and quality - Thank you!

    What a wonderful experience!

    Wir sind begeistert über diese außergewöhnlichen Schätze [We are enthralled by these extraordinary treasures]

    What an amazing library, suprised to find so many Pirenesi prints

    A special, unique and stunning library. Delighted that we can continue our link. [Royal School, Armagh]

    Wonderful visit! Beautiful collection and lovely guide.

    Absolutely stunning. I didn't want to leave the room and [could have] stayed in here forever. It captivates your soul.

    A remarkable visit. We all enjoyed the craic, the laughter and the books above all. Thank you. [group visit]

    A world class collection. I await the delight of a further visit from the Antipodes, Australia. Thank you very much.

     

  • Amazing library, with history over a centuries old, beautiful staff that go far and beyond to assist you with your Ancestry.
  • This is quite simply one of the best and most interesting libraries I have ever visited, much more accessible and easier to get to than say, Trinity's old library with its crowds and the fact that it's harder to look closely at the books and also Marsh's library is very much hidden away in Dublin city centre. It seems there are remarkably (and lamentably few) old libraries of this kind in many parts of Europe and the world

    Huge and remarkable collection of centuries old rare leather bound books in fields such as history, philosophy, theology, travel and science which includes a first edition Gulliver's Travel and a very old bible dating from the 15th century. Also wonderful character of old books and centuries of scholarship. The staff were extremely welcoming to visitors to view the collections but unable to view the second floor collections. Admission was free with a donation (very happy to do so). Overall, probably best attraction in Armagh especially if you love books and reading.

     

  • We missed out on seeing Trinity College's library but this place totally made up for it! Free of charge, you just ring the doorbell and they will let you in! Many very old artifacts are here, The staff were very friendly and let me take pictures without a flash.
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