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

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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).

  • 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 truly priceless institution- with amazing resources.

    * Thankful for opportunity to enjoy wonderful history. Brilliant, most wonderful people.

    * Peaceful place.

    * Beautiful preserved books, lovely staff!

    * Hire me!

    * One of the best place I have visited in a while.

    * Wow. Just wow.

    * Wonderful visit, thanks!

    * Very interesting, with very helpful, informative curator.

    * Lovely building and excellent interesting tour.

  • Armagh Public Library is one of the great hidden architectural masterpieces of Europe. Marvellous resource for anyone interested in academic research but even if you're not you'll want to go there again and again just to enjoy the atmosphere. So many hidden gems in the collection like Gulliver's travels and a bible in shorthand the size of a matchbox! What really makes the Library stand out is the marvellous help from the Assistant Keeper Carol and the Secretary Lorraine.

  • Don't be put off by the fact that you have to press a buzzer to gain entry, as you will be rewarded by the old wooded staircase up to the gallery lined with beautiful and rare books. The Library dates back to 1773 - and although it sounds like a lending library it isn't! Really worth a visit. Its free - but they really need donations. I think they will open on Saturdays this summer which will be brilliant as then I can bring my friends back!!

  • 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.

  • A beautiful space and peaceful to read in.
    A gem and wonder.
    Totally amazing, thank you!
    A true treasure!
    Wonderful to see it preserved and conserved
    Gratitude for this treasure.
    A fascinating collection!
    Beautiful books, nice smell!
    Wow : )
    Fantastic.
    Lovely.
    Long may it be accessible.
    Thank you for being so welcoming.
    Incredible.

  • 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.

    • 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.
  • Amazing library, with history over a centuries old, beautiful staff that go far and beyond to assist you with your Ancestry.
  • 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.

     

  • * 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 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!

  • 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!].

     

  • * 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 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.

  • * 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.

  • * 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.

  • * 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.

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

     

  • * 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.

  • This Library should be as treasured as the Long Room of Trinity College Dublin. The Librarian Carol was fantastically helpful and enthusiastic. A return visit soon with more of my friends is on the cards.
  • 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.

  • 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 .

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

     

     

  • 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.

  • The only building in Armagh with Greek over the door is a sneak peek into what lies behind the solid door. The smell of the old books is like walking into heaven and the variety is phenomenal. Everyone needs to visit even if you do not like books. The history of the building should have you coming back for more.

  • 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.

  • * 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.

  • * 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

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