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 Vicars' 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

  • * Thank you for preserving the riches of history for future generations.

    * Thank you for your help in locating pictures, early 1900s. Wonderful to see how my great grandmother lived.

    * Beautiful buildings - such an amazing, historical place.

    * I think this Library is awesome.

    * Beautiful, cosy library. It's a magical place which brings you back to the ancient times. Loved it!

    * Fantastic library with many fascinating books. It shows what a library means.

    * A joy to behold!

  • 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.

     

  • Amazing library, with history over a centuries old, beautiful staff that go far and beyond to assist you with your Ancestry.
  • We did not know how brilliant this little library was! Thanks to a friendly chat with a staff member at Embers Cafe on the main street during lunch, they wisely told us to visit this library. It looks like it is right out of a movie set...in fact I actually asked them if they had ever had any movies or tv shows use it as a set but they haven't. It is multi level with beautiful old architecture, wooden ladders and beautiful old books! Loved it!!

  • * Quel merveilleux et interessant accueil. Merci beaucoup, ce sera un bon souvenir.

    * A remarkable collection and room. Long may it flourish!

    * Fascinating to see James Usher's book on using the Bible to put an age on the the creation of Earth. And wonderful to see works by Jonathan Swift, * manuscripts on food and drink and to spend time in a beautiful old library. Thank you.

    * Amazing collection of books. Particularly enjoyed the works by J. Swift.

    * Excellent place and guide. Great patience with deaf group. Thanks.

     

  • * Such a treasure you have in here! Thanks for letting this 17-year-old boy touch and read one of your books!

    * Molto interessante, splendida" [Very interesting, splendid]

    * How stunning! What a great selection of old books kept together in great condition. And what a lovely welcome we received! Thank you.

    * Impressive, very well-preserved.

    * A treasure trove

    * Wonderful exhibition on bookplates. Thank you!

    * A beautiful library, worth many visits

    * Fabulous place for a student of English Literature.

    * Amazing piece of history. Very helpful staff. Thank you.

    * Beautiful room, really impressive!

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Everything about the library is wonderful. The discrete approach, the fine door, wonderful stair and warm welcome. The C18th books and original reference system (+ others too) would have made such a good foundation for Robinson's proposed university. It even has some of Robinson's furniture, like the building designed by Thomas Cooley, all of the highest quality.

     

  • A very impressive library with a warm welcome. Thank you very much.

    Interesting building, we'll be back for a longer visit.

    Lovely old building. Great exhibits, friendly welcome.

    Wow! I love this library, it is so lovely to be able to see it and everyone is so helpful. Thank you.

    Remarkable, accessible and interesting. Thanks.

    Very interesting. Enjoyed seeing book of Gulliver's Travels.

    Peaceful: lovely place and lovely staff.

    It's amazing to be so close (in person and feeling) to history

    Thank you very much for your kind hospitality. The kids enjoyed in particular the copy of Book of Kells!

    An oasis of calm!

     

     

  • 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.

  • * 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.

     

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

     

  • If you are a fan of libraries you will love this - one of the first public libraries. There is a small exhibition of some of the materials that they hold.

  • 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 .

     

  • * Fascinating and evocative.

    * A gem.

    * Lovely music.

    * A beautiful venue.

    * Thanks so much. Lovely building and such a great tour given by Stephen Day.

    * Very interesting and enthusiastically maintained.

    * Thanks for great morning.

    * Thank you for the great tour.

    * Exciting.

    * Beautifully presented.

  • * 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!

     

  • 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.

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

     

  • 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.

  • * A fantastic exhibition of Ancient texts through Christian perspectives. Very enjoyable for all the family. Thank you so much!

    * A gem!

    * Very interesting and helpful.

    * Extraordinary! Beautiful, important, enlightening.

    * An impressive place with lots of history. Thank you for letting me feel such atmosphere!

    * Like walking into the past.

    * This place is magical and as beautiful as the librarian's eyes - who, moreover, was lovely and really helpful. From two bookworms in love with old historic places. An hidden gem!

    * Wonderful building and incomarable position, and a delightful introduction to the Armagh Public Library. Many thanks.

    * One of the most amazing places to bring children!

    * Quelle magnifique surprise que ce trésor!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen!
    • Indeed a healing place for the soul.
    • Very impressive.
    • Lovely library.
    • A wonderful collection. Thank you for showing it to us.
    • Amazing, fascinating!
    • Fills you with pride.
    • We'll be back.
    • Very helpful.
    • Filled with knowledge.
  • * 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!

  • 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.

  • * 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • * 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.

  • * 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.

  • 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.

  • Visited the library as part of the Heritage days and just loved the place. Full of interesting books and great librarians for any support.

    Excellent Library with many ancient books, many modern Christian books but a good selection of books about the city and district as well. Ms Conlin and her staff could not be more helpful.

  • 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.

  • * 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.

  • A fresh "fix" of beautiful library and sense of belonging in history.
    Huge thanks for a wonderful display
    This place really does Northern Ireland proud. Thank you.
    Stunning!
    For all eternity!
    A lovely library and a most helpful staff. Great case exhibits.
    A lovely surprise
    Excellent collection
    What a fantastic place!
    A special find!
    Lovely, welcoming library

  • Beautiful library.

    Wonderful library, thank you for looking after it.

    Amazing library, well kept and great staff.

    Terrific, thank you.

    Very enjoyable visit.

    A remarkable and lovely library.

    Beautiful library.

    Amazing space.

    Impressive.

    loti iespaidigi [Latvian: very impressive!].

     

  • Wonderful opportunity to glimpse into the past!
    Fantastic people and resources. A really beautiful place.
    Thank you.
    Wonderful Library. Delightful visit.
    A treasure indeed!
    Always a must for my holiday!
    I'm in love!!
    Greatly enjoyed looking around
    Looks like a movie set.
    Wonderful, great old books in good condition, nice people!
    Smells fantastic.
    Very instructive collection.
    Inspiring.
    A healing place indeed.

  • 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!

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