Armagh Robinson Library

Places to See | Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Armagh Robinson Library (formerly Armagh Public Library) is one of the oldest libraries in Ireland: it was founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson. He donated his personal library of around 8,000 17th and 18th century volumes, mainly covered history, science, art, literature, theology and politics.

The building was designed by Thomas Cooley, who placed a Greek inscription over the public entrance meaning ‘the healing place of the soul‘.

There are many rare and valuable books on display, such as medieval manuscripts from the 13th and 14th century, very early printed books from the late 15th century, Sir Walter Raleigh’s ‘History of the World’ (1614), Fynes Moryson’s Travels (1617) and an annotated first edition of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift (1726). The collections put the library high on the list of places to see in Co Armagh. In addition, the library holds resources which would help with family history research.

Also one of the registered museum and galleries in Northern Ireland, the Library is also an accredited museum and holds ancient Irish artefacts, coins, gems, prints and objects relating to local history.

Address: Armagh Robinson Library, 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, Co. Armagh BT61 7DY

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